EAA AirVenture Tour
EAA AirVenture Tour
Drive Dates: Thursday, October 14 and Saturday, October 16
Total Drive Distance: 127 miles
Estimated total tour duration: 6.5 hours
If you enjoy piloting airplanes almost as much as piloting your Porsche, or if you just enjoy looking at airplanes, this tour is for you.
We’ll head west from Kohler and get a sampling of the scenic, twisty roads as we cross the Kettle Moraine. These landforms are remnants of the last-departing glaciers which exited Wisconsin a little over 10,000 years ago. Most roads in this area have many twists and turns, and ups and downs, as they negotiate their way around the many hills and depressions that the glaciers left behind.
These interesting Porsche-centric roads continue west to the historic city of Fond du Lac at the south end of Lake Winnebago. This lake, the largest inland body of water in Wisconsin, is named for one of the many Native American tribes which inhabited central Wisconsin. The Fond du Lac area at the south end of the lake (which means “bottom of the Lake” in French) was named by early French explorers and fur traders who first passed through here in 1632. Our tour will make a short diversion to visit a park and lighthouse in Fond du Lac before heading up the western shore of Lake Winnebago toward the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Pilots and airplane aficionados will recognize Oshkosh as the host city of the annual EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Fly-In, which attracts pilots and their planes from all across North America (like a Treffen attracts Porsches). During the week of the Fly-In, Oshkosh’s Wittman Field becomes the busiest airport in the world as measured by the number of daily take-offs and landings. The EAA was founded in Milwaukee in 1953 in Milwaukee by Paul Poberezny. Milwaukee was home to the EAA Museum until it moved to Oshkosh in 1969 when the current museum building was completed.
We will arrive at the EAA Museum in time for an hour-long, docent-led tour of the museum before lunch. Over 200 aircraft are on display in the museum, ranging from a replica of the Wright Brother’s Flyer, to modern-day planes, including many home-built and kit-built planes. The museum contains a wide range of military aircraft, including fighter and bomber aircraft which saw action in both WWI and WWII. Included is a P-38 Lightning and a P-51 Mustang. The museum also contains a wing devoted to the innovative, futuristic aircraft of Burt Rutan, including the Model 76 Voyager which circled the globe non-stop without refueling, and the more-recent SpaceShipOne.
At the end of our tour, we will enjoy a Wisconsin-themed served-buffet lunch in the museum’s Fergus Plaza overlooking the EAA Airfield.
Our tour officially ends after lunch. For those who wish to return to The American Club together, tour leaders will depart shortly after lunch to drive back to the resort.