EAA AirVenture is the largest American gathering of aviation enthusiasts and it's held right here in Wisconsin. Although it's only in Oshkosh, it affects the entire state, dramatically increasing its air traffic and tourism for a couple weeks every July.
Mooney aircraft involved with the 2011 Mooney Caravan to the EAA AirVenture event in Oshkosh, sit parked on a ramp at Wisconsin Aviation in Madison, Wis., Friday, July 22, 2011. Mooney's are known for their signature reversed vertical stabilizers.
Larry Brennan, standing, of Burbank, Calif., leads a briefing for Mooney pilots at Wisconsin Aviation. The pilots discussed formation flying practice flights they would take later Friday to prepare for a caravan to the EAA AirVenture event in Oshkosh.
Maj. David Marten, an Air Force experimental test pilot, prepares for taxi and takeoff at Wisconsin Aviation. Marten, in his Mooney airplane, readied for a formation flying practice flight with two other Mooneys in preparation for tomorrow's 2011 Mooney Caravan to the EAA AirVenture event in Oshkosh.
David Piehler of Wausau, Wis., pilots his Mooney M20J ("Mooney 201") in the vicinity of the Madison airport during a formation flying practice flight.
Two Mooney M20J ("Mooney 201") airplanes fly over the vicinity of the Madison airport during a formation flying practice flight.
Mooney aircraft with their unique tail sections sit parked on a ramp at Wisconsin Aviation.
Mooney pilots Chris Shopperly of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, left, and Bret Lowell of Denver, Colo., talk about their formation practice flight at Wisconsin Aviation.