Ok, it is not Oshkosh, and it is not in downtown Raleigh. But if you don’t want to drive 1,000 miles and still see more than the WRAL-TV helicopter, the Winston-Salem Air Show may just be the perfect compromise.
About 2 hours each way, this day trip promises a day of “planes, trucks, and automobiles” (no trains, sorry.) Taking place both Saturday and Sunday, with partially overlapping schedules, a day trip is probably sufficient. Saturday or Sunday, you choose.
Apart from the usual stagger wing antique planes and fighter jet fly-overs, this Air Show also has some surface vehicle like a jet-engine powered school bus, and well, the Turbo Toilet: someone said, “now why don’t I mount a Boeing jet engine on a port-a-potty and fart around the nation’s airshows?” Yeah, why don’t you.
In addition to the static displays, there is also a kids’ zone, live music and much more. The show hours are 10a-5p both Sunday and Saturday.
1932 Waco UEC cabin biplane by Armchair Aviator, used under the CC BY license