The event which is held over 7 days (Monday to Sunday), is often referred to as "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" and that is clearly not an understatement! This year has been a particular busy year with more than 10.000 aircraft arriving at the Wittman and surrounding airports during the course of the week. In total more than 550.000 people attended the 2015 edition of the show, which makes it more than likely the "World's Largest Aviation event".
I've tried before, but it is close to impossible to describe to somebody who has never been to Oshkosh, how large the event really is. There is over 5 km of walkable flight-line, along the three runways and that doesn't even include the exhibition space on the sides... Luckily enough there is an excellent "tram" service (tractors pulling carriages) connecting most places.
Due to work commitments in Dubai, I was unfortunately only able to attend the last three days of this years show; Friday to Sunday. If one has the option of picking the days, I would recommend going earlier in the week, if possible Monday to Thursday or even up to the Friday night.
The Airventure grounds are subdivided in several areas; the main ones being Warbirds, Vintage, Homebuilts and the central area, which this year was called, Boeing Plaza.
Likely the place where I spend most of my time over the three days; warbirds has a large variety of aircraft from small L-birds through World War II fighters, bombers, transport aircraft and trainers, all the way through the classic jets of the Korea and Vietnam era.
The World's only airworthy Mosquito
B-17 Bomber crew
A4-D Skyraider, Vietnam era
F-100 Super Sabre, Vietnam era
Being the co-owner of a vintage aircraft myself, it is a very close second choice... Over the week, just short of 1000 vintage birds landed at Wittman airport. Sub-divided in three categories: Antiques (1903-1945), Classics (1945-1955), Contemporaries (1956-1970); there was plenty of opportunity for interesting aviation photography.
Waco in front of the Vintage Hangar
J-3 Piper Cub
Howard DGA line-up