AirVenture 2010 & 2011
75th Anniversary of the Douglas DC-3
The Last Time organization hoped to reunite 40 flying examples of the Douglas DC-3 and C-47 aircraft and organize a mass formation from Rock Falls, Illinois to EAA AirVenture 2010. Unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans. On Monday, July 26, 23 aircraft made the journey to Oshkosh, lead by the Herpa Wings DC-3.
AirVenture 2010 was preceded by a deluge of storms that dumped over 10 inches of rain - a record for July. Ground operations were restricted to hard surfaces, and, with the ground saturated, many aircraft had to divert to other airports. Needless to say this resulted in an absence of warbirds during our stay on Sunday through Tuesday morning. Warbirds were also conspicuously absent from Monday's airshow. Hopefully, visitors who came later in the week saw some of the rare aircraft that planned to attend.
Attendees bought about 535,000 AirVenture tickets for the week of July 26 through August 1, 2010. EAA organizers said the heavy rains preceding opening day contributed to a seven percent decline in attendance from last year. The saturated ground also affected most of the mass arrivals. For example, a planned arrival of more than 100 Bonanzas was canceled. Some pilots went home, others went to nearby airports, and most eventually arrived by themselves.