Suzanne Coolbaugh-Walker

Leigh DeNoon / Indiana Public Broadcasting

From sun up to sun down, aircraft engines are rarely silent at Oshkosh. Most every flying machine imaginable is here – from World War One biplanes, to home built fixed wings and ultralights, to the newest, fastest, most technologically advanced jets.

“This is just the best place in the world to spend a week if you love aviation," says 1992 Purdue grad Chris Carrier. He flew commercially for Indy-based American Trans Air, was the chief jet instructor at Purdue for several years and is now a demonstration/instructor pilot for Embraer, a private jet manufacturer.