In Letters to the Editor of your Oct. 19 issue, Lou Drendal commented on Meg Godlewski’s article about the 35-ship formation at Oshkosh in your Aug. 24 issue (“The largest OSH formation?”). He suggested that I was “not even close to correct” when I said it “was the largest formation ever at Oshkosh.” He cited several larger formations of T-34 and T-6 aircraft. He even included a picture of the 1999 T-34 61-ship formation.
IF SEEING IS NOT ENOUGH
I sure enjoyed your article on my home airport, Falcon Field (“What’s in your hangar? Officials at Arizona airport crack down on inappropriate uses,” Oct. 19 issue). The hangar leasing situation there has been a mess for many years, due to a network of “good ol’ boys” who repeatedly skirted the rules. Corinne has been fighting them for over two years in an attempt to make the hangar list fair, but has a long way to go. A conservative estimate would be that 20-25% of the hangars are not occupied by the tenants on the lease and/or do not house aircraft.
Re: What’s in your hangar?
[Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana), initially.]
The article about the Mustangs and Legends was very good and enjoyable to read (“Gathering of Mustangs and Legends, Where World War II airplanes and pilots met again,” Oct. 19 issue). I attended the air show and it was probably the best all-around air show I have visited in a long time. It was well organized and the weather was “air show perfect” …light winds and almost no clouds in the blue sky.
In regard to your most recent article in the Oct. 5, 2007, edition, “Fosset presumed dead,” I find it interesting that Steve or his aircraft have not been found to this point. There was no ELT activation and he filed no flight plan. I would like to submit that Steve and his aircraft might have decided to head in a north or south direction and depart the pattern to, as they say, “get away.”
I am writing regarding the letter by James Jackson of Carlisle, Ind., “Physicists cause the confusion” in the Oct. 5 issue. Again I had a good hearty chuckle at Mr. Jackson’s response and his apparent obsession with the term “Zero-G.”
Any discussion regarding user fees would appear to require an alternative for those types of airport owners who provide community access but find it impossible to recover costs of airport operation.
If I may, I would like to continue the thread of the letter by Dan Bierly, “Success of Edge speaks for itself,” in the Oct. 19 issue, a bit further and shed some historical information that I feel paints a more accurate picture of airframe integrity in our unlimited aerobatic aircraft.