Photo above by Jim Koepnick
UPS is bringing one of the world’s most iconic commercial aircraft, the Boeing 747, to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to celebrate the airplane model’s 50th year in flight. The year this revolutionary aircraft took to the sky also marked the same year that the world’s largest fly-in convention, EAA AirVenture, declared its permanent home in Oshkosh, WI.
With over 10,000 aircraft and more than 600,000 people attending, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will once again transform Wittman Regional Airport into the world’s busiest airport from July 22-28.
With 16 percent more cargo capacity than the previous largest UPS aircraft, the 747-400, the 747-8F is the largest plane UPS has ever flown.
The 747-8F will be flying in to AirVenture on Tuesday, July 23 and remain on the grounds through Thursday, July 25. The nose of the aircraft will be open and tours will be available with UPS staff and flight crew members on board to further educate attendees about the features and functions of Boeing’s newest 747 model.
“This is our third year bringing aircraft to AirVenture, and we’re very happy to participate and give back to the aviation community that’s treated us so well.” said Dennis Faulk, director of ground services and airline flight operations at UPS.
The UPS 747-8F will make its grand exit from the AirVenture grounds at the conclusion of Thursday’s airshow with a high speed pass over the Wittman Regional Airport flightline, then depart to begin delivering cargo to more than 770 destinations around the world.