I goofed the spelling in the title, but "Oshkosh" is the common term for EAA's AirVenture, held the last week of July at Wittman Regional, Wisconsin. It's "an event". There's an airshow, but it is so much more. About 12,000--14,000 aircraft show up. Every manufacturer will have displays, there are speakers, etc.... It's pretty cool. Everyone who loves aviation should make of goal of getting there in the next 3 years.
Lodging: looks like we're camping. However, we've got friends, and might pick up a few nights a their house. Also, we'll keep checking on hotel rooms, and when a cancellation opens up, we'll grab it.
There are very few jets at Oshkosh. The event is the largest annual gathering of the Experimental Aircraft Association, as as such most of the participating aircraft are homebuilts, antique/classics, and warbirds. It's a truly incredible week, and I think everyone should make it a point to go at least once!
If you've never been there, I spent a summer flying for the EAA prior to my Navy days, and here's what I know about Wisconsin.
Take bug spray. Lots of it, the mosquito is the state bird, and they are fawking HUUUGE.
Bring drinking money... oh my god is it cheap! Highley recommend Nads.. it's a bar.. it's good. Also Friar Tucks, which is about a 10-15 minute walk. Last time I was there, killer sandwhiches, .75 long necks of Miller Lite, and hot chicks wearing little monk robes.
Sleeping pills and blinders, the sun is no kidding UP at 5am.
Bug spray, did I mention the mosquito's are the size of hummingbirds?
Go to www.airventure.org
You'll see most the current miltary fighters and trainers, including the new T-6. There's usually a large transport jet too. Classic jets? They're there: Venom, Vampire, T-33, lots of L-39's, L-29, Gnat, Iskra, sometimes an F-104, Hunter, etc... very cool.
There's an entire ultralight field that has daily flying.
All the new light jets you read about will be there. In fact, any manufacturer that is anyone will be there.
Plan it a year out, and get a room near the field. People rent rooms in their houses, too. Univ of WI-Oshkosh has dorms that are a dive, but it's a bed, shower, and there's a shuttle to the airport (10 Minutes).
You gotta go!!!
You cannot die until you have "experienced" Oshkosh. I have been about half a dozen time and last year with my wife who had never camped before. So, I talk her into it finally and we setup shop next our ride (B-55 Baron). The very first night we are there...it rained and stormed like a mother... I was convinced we were going to get struck or drown. It was AWESOME!!!! She was cool with it too.
If it flies...it is usually there on one of the days!
I go every year, and always enjoy it. This year Mike Melville is bringing in SpaceShip One on its way to the Smithsonian. Rutan and his crew always give several talks,and they are always fun and interesting. That alone is worth the price of admission.