August 10, 2022

Storms Blow Over Oshkosh Ahead of EAA AirVenture

Wittman Regional Airport, site of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, suffered damage on Saturday after a thunderstorm front passed through the Oshkosh area.

The front was part of a line of storms across Wisconsin. There are no injury reports. Several people took refuge at the EAA Aviation Museum during the storm; otherwise, people sheltered in place as they saw fit.

The EAA says it has received reports of trees and branches in campgrounds with drive-through access. Falling branches caused damage to property and vehicles.

Planes were damaged in Boeing Plaza, but other planes parked in the field appear to have weathered the storm well.

A plane belonging to the EAA was flipped on its nose near the EAA museum while it was securely tied down.

There was damage to the main gate of the AirVenture grounds due to the wind. Several small exhibition tents were knocked down. Many trash cans and unsecured items were also knocked over.

The EAA sent trucks Sunday morning to help clear up areas of standing water left after the storm.

With the presence of the National Weather Service on the ground, the EAA was able to get early notification of the storm’s track and intensity, and make the appropriate announcements before the storm front arrived.