When you walk through the Vintage area of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, you’re surrounded by living, breathing pieces of history. Here’s a look back at some of the classics from the 2018 convention.
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Draco - A Beast of a Bushplane
Eight days before AirVenture 2018, Mike Patey completed his latest project and flew it to Oshkosh. Draco stole the show and drew awestruck crowds. Draco began life as a PZL Wilga but has been heavily modified.
Barnstorming in the 21st Century
In the summer of 2018, a group of Travel Air pilots got together and hopped rides around the Midwest as part of the American Barnstormers Tour. The three-week tour ended at Oshkosh, offering visitors a look at the largest gathering of Travel Airs.
Sole Survivor - B-26K/A-26A Special Kay
One of the warbird highlights at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 was Special Kay, the only flying Douglas B-26K/A-26A Invader in the world. This twin-engine medium bomber/attack aircraft has been recently restored to its mid-’60s.
One Plus One Equals 110
When Sergei Yakovlev, son of legendary Soviet aircraft designer Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev, was working on the aerobatic Yak-55 back in 1980, he probably never imagined anything like this.
Out in the Open - Opener’s BlackFly
The world woke up on July 12, 2018, to discover that Opener had unveiled its personal air vehicle, the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) BlackFly. It made an appearance at AirVenture 2018. Read more in January EAA Sport Aviation.