Atlas-operated Boeing Dreamlifter Steals the Show at AirVenture 2023

(L-R) Captain David Telshaw, First Officer Vanessa Riveiro and Captain Tom Vize at the airshow.

Hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts from around the world converged at the Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from July 24-30 for the 70th Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh Airshow.

Old warbirds, modern fighter jets and commercial aircraft were featured, but it was N718BA, the Boeing Dreamlifter – one of the world’s largest cargo airplanes – that stole the show.

747 Fleet Captain Tom Vize, 747 Captain David Telshaw and 747 First Officer Vanessa Riveiro brought the Dreamlifter in on Sunday, July 23rd from Wichita. The airplane was on display at Boeing Plaza, right at the heart of the grounds, for three days.

Beginning in 1953, EAA AirVenture has grown from a small aviator gathering to what is now known as one of the world’s greatest aviation celebrations.

(L-R) First Officer Vanessa Riveiro, Captain David Telshaw and Captain Tom Vize snap a selfie from the cockpit.

“It was an amazing experience to share our passion with hundreds of thousands of other aviation enthusiasts!” said Tom. “Captain David Telshaw and First Officer Vanessa Riveiro offered invaluable support as we answered questions about the Boeing Dreamlifter from the thousands of interested fans. As always, I was proud to represent Atlas.”

Fun fact! Just before the start of the airshow, Atlas marked the 13th anniversary of its first Dreamlifter flight on July 20. The Boeing Dreamlifter, also known as the Large Cargo Freighter, is truly one of a kind, with three times the capacity of a 747-400 Freighter and an enlarged fuselage and swinging tail that allows the airplane to carry 787 Dreamliner major subassemblies across three continents!

Check out more photos from the show below!