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14 awesome flying machines from the biggest air show in the US

Every July, hundreds of thousands of people flock to the middle of Wisconsin for the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture, a combination trade show, air show, and party for aviators and people who just like looking at cool planes. As its name suggests, EAA's main mission is to promote so-called experimental aircraft — typically small planes that hold between one and four people and can often be built in a garage — but AirVenture brings out everything from helicopters to airliners and fighter jets.

It's hard to fully explain why you'd want to walk around a rural Midwestern airport in sweltering heat for a week without actually experiencing it yourself, but it helps to see the breadth of flying machines you encounter there. Here are just a few of the countless aircraft you run into while strolling across Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport during AirVenture, the event that the EAA bills "the world's greatest aviation celebration."

The incredible airplanes and helicopters of EAA AirVenture 2014


An FG-1D variant of the beautiful Corsair, a fighter-bomber that first saw service in World War II. Corsairs are easily identified by the bends in their wings, designed to allow a relatively short landing gear.