‘Bonanzas to Oshkosh’ gather at Rockford Airport

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) – Pilots from around the country rally in Rockford as they head to one of the biggest aviation events in the world.

They call themselves “Bonanzas to Oshkosh,” and it’s been happening for 30 years.

A Bonanza is a type of airplane. More than 100 of them are gathering in Rockford. Pilots and their passengers will then leave Saturday morning, as a group, to head to the annual Experimental Aircraft Association convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Organizers say, while that short hop up north is fun, the mission is about more than that.

“A lot of people think it’s the flight itself, because it is a very unique formation flight,” said Bonanzas to Oshkosh Director of Flight Operations, Craig Wilcox. “It’s actually the camaraderie of everybody getting together and working together, running a disciplined flight, and then we go to Oshkosh to hang out in a campground”

Keep your eyes to the sky Saturday, around noon. That’s when all 130 airplanes are scheduled to leave RFD.

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