Special content for our financial supporters
Some of you have given your support through paid subscriptions, and Rob and I really appreciate that. We’re not out to make a ton of money at this (we both have day jobs), but your support does help us make special episodes that take our channel to the next level.
One such level manifests as Episode 16 — exclusively for our paid supporters.
It’s a 15-minute episode about the history of air travel, filmed from what we saw on location at “Oshkosh” – the one word that aviation enthusiasts know as the Experimental Aircraft Association’s yearly convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Also known as “AirVenture”, it is so big that it takes 5,000 volunteers. That’s because there are thousands of aircraft to see, airshows every day, vendors, exhibits, lectures, demonstrations, movies, and on and on.
According to the EAA, here were the stats in 2017:
Attendance: Approximately 590,000, an increase of five percent over 2016.
Total aircraft: More than 10,000 aircraft arrived at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin. At Wittman alone, there were 17,223 aircraft operations in the 10-day period from July 21-30, which is an average of approximately 123 takeoffs/landings per hour.
Total showplanes: 2,991 (up 5 percent over 2016): 1,107 homebuilt aircraft (second straight year over 1,100), 1,162 vintage airplanes (up 12 percent), 351 warbirds, 168 ultralights and light-sport aircraft, 79 seaplanes, 54 rotorcraft, 60 aerobatic aircraft, and 10 hot air balloons.
Camping: More than 11,600 sites in aircraft and drive-in camping accounted for an estimated 40,000 visitors throughout the week.
Commercial exhibitors: 881.
Forums and Workshops: A total of 1,050 sessions attended by more than 75,000 people.
Episode 16 is part 1 of a two-part series.
To our financial supporters, thank you – this is for you.
To our other supporters, thank you, too – Rob and I will continue to make free episodes. We believe in XOTV because it’s the only place on the web that truly links Creators like us to Supporters like you, without annoying ads or trolls. We’re looking forward to new features from XOTV that will enable pay-per-view as another option to monthly subscriptions, but until then, let us know what content you’d be willing to support and we’ll make some special efforts to bring it to you.
Thanks, and remember to comment and ask us questions!
Jon and Rob