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What do a half a million people come to see?

8 Aug 2018, 19:10 UTC
What do a half a million people come to see?
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I keep hearing that we need to get kids involved in XYZ. Most recently I’ve heard this uttered in regards to aviation.
Actually, I hear it as:
OMG AVIATION WILL DIE UNLESS WE GET KIDS INVOLVED. THEY JUST WANT TO STARE AT THEIR PHONES ALL DAY. THE SKY IS FALLING.
I hate that. Stop saying that. It’s a recipe for condescension. Just do awesome stuff. Kids like awesome stuff. Hell, so do adults.
The annual trip to AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI just came and went as it has for the last 50+ years. This year the numbers were again impressive.
Go here for the numbers.
So if we “have to get kids into aviation,” what does the largest attendance in history mean? Does it mean interest in Aviation is dying? Doesn’t seem like it. What’s going on here?
AirVenture has demonstrations ranging from Drone to Modern Military Aircraft and everything in between. It has the opportunity to help build an airplane, and the chance to listen to true war stories in front of flying museums. Some of the greatest airshows in the world can be found there- day and night. Hot air balloons, sea planes, sky divers, 11,000 aircraft landings, ...

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