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B-17 The Experience of a Lifetime - EAA B-17 Air Touring Program
By Kristy Busse, EAA #1016800, Air Tours Manager

One of EAA's main outreach activities is touring our 1945 B-17G bomber, N5017N, aptly named Aluminum Overcast. B-17s were the backbone of the Allied daylight bombing campaign during World War II. These heavy bombers were in production from 1935-1945 and during the war, were produced by Boeing, Lockheed, and Douglas. The crews were comprised of 10, often very young (ages 18 to 25) men.
AirVenture Oshkosh
Water Fountains New Water Fountains to be Added in 2014
EAA's facilities team is hard at work building 15 water fountains. The water fountains will be used to replace existing fountains on the grounds and those that were removed prior to AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. There were some questions from visitors when they found some of the water fountains were gone last year, but that was part of the overall plan to upgrade that equipment. The old trough-type water fountains had been in place for many years and were not easily used by disabled visitors or young people. Read more >>

The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Concert Band is back for 2014
By Elton Eisele, EAA # 216273

The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Concert Band is back for 2014! Every year we hear people say, "I didn't know there was an AirVenture Oshkosh Band!" If you haven't heard of it and you play a band instrument, this is your chance to be a part of this one-of-a-kind band. What could be better than to combine your love of music with your love of aviation? Read more >>
Volutneer Program
Save the Date - 2014 Weekend Work Parties
We're looking for people who love having an insider's view of how EAA and AirVenture work. One of the best ways is through the upcoming spring and summer Weekend Work Parties on the AirVenture grounds. Spend a weekend day or two with us in Oshkosh and you'll get that insider's view, while meeting some other great EAA members and knowing that you help build The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. The work varies but can include carpentry, grass cutting, painting, gardening, general maintenance, and things we probably haven't thought of yet.

We love meeting volunteers from all over during these weekends. We're also putting together special programming for each weekend just for Weekend Work Party Volunteers, so there's some fun and fellowship, too. Upcoming Dates in 2014: May 3-4 (Sonex Aircraft Tour), May 17-18 (B-17 Aluminum Overcast Last Mission Presentation, Chris Henry), June 7-8, June 21-22, June 28-29, July 12-13, July 19-20.

Stay tuned for the remaining programming topics! If you or your group is interested in participating in a Weekend Work Party, please contact Theresa Meixensperger at 800-236-4800 ext. 4819 or

Bob Havens The EAA Docent Corps: Lifeblood of the AirVenture Museum
By: Zach Baughman, EAA #530987, Collections Assistant

Volunteers are the lifeblood of EAA. Every summer, thousands of enthusiastic, dedicated people come from all over the world to donate their time and energy to the aviation celebration known simply as "Oshkosh." Without them, the event could not happen. Some will be here in Oshkosh for two to three weeks, giving their all in making AirVenture Oshkosh the world's greatest aviation event before returning home to Alaska, Indiana, South Africa, Japan, and other points all over the globe, where they anticipate the end of July the next year. Read more >>

Chapter Volunteers - Making a Difference in Their Local Communities
By Trevor Janz, EAA #594477, Manager of Chapters and Eagle Flights

The most vibrant EAA chapters are those that are not only tied closely to their local airports, but also their local communities. Chapters benefit greatly by being involved and working with the local Chamber of Commerce, city government, airport management and civic organizations such as Rotary, Lions, etc. It can build support for your airport and your chapter. Read more >>
Basic Training
AirVenture Oshkosh Homebuilt, Forum Area Changes for 2014
By Dick Knapinski, EAA #494456, Senior Communications Advisor

There will be a number of upgrades in the AirVenture Oshkosh workshop and homebuilt areas for the 2014 fly-in. Most noticeable will be the elimination of the old Central Exhibit Building along the flightline. That building was mostly unused at AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 and at about 35 years old, was in need of extensive renovation if it was to be kept. A greenspace area will replace that building. Additional greenspace will also be created around the Federal Pavilion building and in front of Aces Bistro.

The other major change will be the construction of three new workshop pavilions that can each be divided into two separate workshop areas. Those will replace the old workshop pavilions that are deteriorating after serving EAA well for more than a quarter century. The Builders Education office will move from the corner across from Aces Bistro to west of the new workshop pavilions.

Steve Taylor reports that new drinking fountains are being constructed to replace the old trough-style fountains. There will be about 15 of them in place for the 2014 fly-in, replacing those currently existing on the flightline as well as those removed last year. The new design being built by EAA's crews will feature three drinking fountains - including one for youth and one to accommodate disabled guests - as well as a water-bottle fill dispenser.

Volunteer Supplies Fulfillment Made Easier
By Michelle Holt, EAA # 1026193, Event Administrator

We will soon be launching a new, secure, and centralized database to support Volunteer materials fulfillment needs. In conjunction with that, you'll see new easy-to-use, click-and-submit style forms for our Volunteer chairs. The best part: There is no special software or additional computer skills needed - all you need is basic internet service.

Phase one of the new streamlined process will provide improved tracking for items such as tent and furniture requests and also assist us in meeting aggressive supplier deadlines. The second phase will provide improved tracking for wristband and camping requests, while the final phase will provide us with a more accurate reporting tool to use for our post convention reports.

We are testing this system right now. The plan is to launch and train the volunteer chairs and EAA staff on phase one within a few short weeks.
Volunteering & Contacts
Current Volunteer Opportunities
We are accepting applications for those interested in volunteering at AirVenture Oshkosh or on a year-round basis at EAA. For a listing of all of these volunteer opportunities, please visit our website and complete the application form to indicate your areas of interest and availability. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Sweeney at

Volunteer Contacts
General Information:
Katie Sweeney, EAA 1133651 -
Janine Diana, EAA Lifetime 1082064 -
Volunteer Advisory Committee:
Patti Bennett, EAA 1012172 -
Ken Decker, EAA 52084 -
Tim Fox, EAA Lifetime 335031 -
Dennis Hasha, EAA 227907 -
Ginny Largent, EAA 575325 -
Rich Largent, EAA 512497 -
Dave Mercer, EAA 379378 -
John Nowicki, EAA 116894 -
Barbara Rapchak, EAA 638323 -
Alan White, EAA Lifetime 60137 -
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