Well, here it is, sunrise over Oshkosh. 6:07 a.m., abeam the North 40 Campground, to be precise.
By Amelia Reiheld and Nina Marousek
“Camping? Ugh. I couldn’t possibly endure that.”
Wait! Nina and Amelia are living proof that it is not only possible, but a great deal of fun, even many decades after the last Girl Scout outing. You just have to know a few secrets.
Nina flew to Oshkosh in formation with a batch of Cessnas on the Saturday before opening day, while Amelia arrived with the Mooney Caravan the following day. The two friends barely saw each other during the show, but compared notes afterward.
Here’s how they survived the experience: [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]