Attendance up slightly at aviation convention, fly-in

The Experimental Aircraft Association says 590,000 people attended this year’s Airventure fly-in in Oshkosh.

The EAA says some special attractions this year and good weather for most of the seven days of the convention boosted attendance 5 percent over last year. The Navy’s Blue Angels and Apollo astronauts reunion were a couple of the features at this year’s event.

The association says more than 10,000 aircraft arrived at Wittman Regional Airport and other airports in east-central Wisconsin. A record number of international visitors attended this year. About 2,500 people came from 80 different nations.