I hope someone can help us figure this out: We are planning to go to Oshkosh tomorrow to see the arrival of the A380. Since I cannot miss work, we will drive from Chicago to try to spot it from outside the airport and then head back (it really pains us that we cannot stay). This would be our first KOSH trip and are not familiar with the area, so we’d like to ask the more experienced airventurers for suggestions on where to catch a good view of this magnificent bird.
Well, after some digging, we found the plan for the show and it shows the flightline is on R18. We are going to try to stand at one of the county roads close to the Final Approach and see if we can catch the A380 and also White Knight II.
As far as calling in sick and just attending for a day, I don’t think it would do us any good, since a show like this is impossible to enjoy in such a short time. We hope that next year we wiil have the money and time to be there for the whole week.
I checked out some youtube videos of the A380 landing in Milwaukee yesterday. They say it will take off from Milwaukee on Friday evening. May be that would be more convenient for you.
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Airbus brought its A380 to the north-central U.S. city of Milwaukee today on a stopover before its starring role at this week’s 2009 AirVenture Oshkosh gathering in Wisconsin - which is one of the world’s largest aviation events.
Completing the 3,800 naut. mile trip from Airbus’ Toulouse, France headquarters, the A380 made a smooth afternoon touchdown on Runway 19R at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport after a flight of 8 hr., 40 min.
I was there for the landing on Tues. There were strong cross winds coming from the west. Runway 36(L) was the only runway that it could use. There was only one turn off that the A380 could take to get to the display area. All of the taxiways past that one were too small, so they would have had to tow him back. Upon review of the landing, he planted it right on the numbers in order to have enough stopping room. It looks worse in the video than it did in person. I’m no pilot, but I’d say for the conditions that day and the fact that he HAD to make that taxiway, it was an okay landing.