Rare Mosquito makes Oshkosh debut

Mosquito bomber. Photo courtesy Classic Aircraft Photography

Highlighting AirVenture for many warbird fans was the appearance of a rebuilt de Havilland Mosquito owned by Jerry Yagen of the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Almost 8,000 Mosquitoes were built during the 1940s, but Yagen’s plane is one of only two examples that are airworthy today. The rare plane, made largely of wood, flew in the airshow and was presented at one of the popular twice-daily “Warbirds in Review” programs.

“I would have come to Oshkosh just to see the Mosquito fly,” said Morty Lloyd, a pilot and warbird enthusiast from Chattanooga, Tennessee. [Read more…]

Development continues on Burt Rutan’s SkiGull

Rutan During initial water testing

Burt Rutan always draws a crowd at his AirVenture forums, especially when introducing a new aircraft design.

And since his current project, the SkiGull amphibian, may be the “retired” 72-year-old designer’s last homebuilt, the standing-room-only crowd at this year’s Oshkosh was all ears as he broke his long-standing rule of keeping a new design under wraps until it has flown. [Read more…]

Picture of the Day makes a global connection

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Star Novak, a frequent contributor of photos to General Aviation News, found a photo from this year’s AirVenture that immediately caught her eye and we ran it as the Picture of the Day, with a plea to help find the woman in the photo.

With some help from Brian Krause, Star was able to track down the woman, Lise Nansen from Norway, and send her an original of the photo.

She got this great message back: [Read more…]

Picture of the day: Flying with enthusiasm

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Star Novak, who has contributed many great photographs to General Aviation News, was going through her hundreds of photos from this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh when this photo stood out to her immediately.

“I was on the front line when the multitudes of parachutists started to land, and I turned my camera just in time to catch their celebratory pass down the flight line. What an impact these parachutists made on these kids! That young boy is nearly flying with enthusiasm!” [Read more…]

Stereotypically atypical

Jamie Camping

Everybody knows that people who are into aviation are rich. They’re spoiled, self-absorbed, 1%-ers who have no regard for what it takes to get by in the real world. Heck, airplanes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that’s just for the small ones. Yep, pilots and aircraft owners are filthy rich scum who do nothing but sponge off the poor and the middle class so they can live out their dreams in luxurious splendor.

That’s a common perspective, you have to admit. If you fly, or wish to fly, you’ve heard it time and again. But you’ve also noticed that your personal experience doesn’t quite match up with the classic stereotype of what this aviation crowd is supposed to be. [Read more…]

Arriving at Oshkosh in style

How do you get to Oshkosh from here? If you’re headed that way for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s famed AirVenture in late July, there’s the Fisk Arrival, which gives new meaning to “line up and wait” — in motion.

It’s very exciting, merging all kinds of airplanes, arriving from all points of the compass, at widely divergent airspeeds, into a complex holding pattern, to land at what is, for one week, the world’s busiest airport. Somehow, thanks to guys on the ground with binoculars and pink shirts, it seems to work, but a camping space next to your friends is not guaranteed.

There is, as it turns out, a better way. It’s called the mass arrival. [Read more…]