blueangelsU.S. Navy Blue Angels include Oshkosh on their 2017 performance schedule

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (December 19, 2016) — Some of the world’s top air show performers have made their commitments to fly at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 – The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration – as part of the afternoon and night air show lineups.

Those performers include aerobatic champions and longtime Oshkosh favorites. In addition, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels have reconfirmed that Oshkosh is on their 2017 schedule, with work continuing to bring their full performance to AirVenture for the first time. They will add to the one-of-a-kind aircraft and performances that are part of the popular daily shows. EAA AirVenture 2017 is the 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention, scheduled for July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport.

“This is already an outstanding all-star air show lineup and we’re just getting started,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member benefits who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. “We use the feedback collected each year to bring favorite performers back to Oshkosh, while adding exciting new acts, and air show attractions connected with particular aircraft, events, and anniversaries.”

Among the performers and aircraft already planning to appear at Oshkosh in 2017:

  • AeroShell Aerobatic Team (T-6s)
  • Vicky Benzing (Stearman)
  • Jeff Boerboon/John Klatt Airshows (Sasquatch)
  • Bob Carlton (SubSonex JSX-2)
  • Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540)
  • Matt Chapman (Extra 300LX)
  • Class of ’45 (P-51/Corsair)
  • Kevin Coleman (Extra 330SC)
  • Kyle Franklin (Dracula)
  • Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC)
  • Rob Holland (MX-2)
  • Jerry Kerby (RV-8)
  • Greg Koontz (Xtreme Decathlon)
  • Sammy Mason (Pitts S-1S)
  • Paul McCowan (American flag skydiver)
  • Patriot Parachute Team (skydiving)
  • Jim Peitz (F-33C Bonanza)
  • Gene Soucy/Teresa Stokes (Showcat)
  • Bill Stein (Edge 540)
  • Skip Stewart (Prometheus)
  • Team Redline (RV)
  • Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III)
  • Patty Wagstaff (Extra 300LX)
  • Matt Younkin (Twin Beech)

Along with these early confirmations, many more exciting performers will be announced, including some not-seen-anywhere else performers and aircraft flying at Oshkosh. Exact days for each performer and complete daily air show lineups will be announced as they are finalized.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at