It’s been four days since I got home from Oshkosh and the smile is still glued firmly to my face. Everything they say about experiencing AirVenture is true. Why else would I be making plans for 2012?
541,000 people made the trip to the sleepy little city of Oshkosh. A t-shirt for sale said it best: “Oshkosh a quiet little drinking town with a flying problem”. How they handle that many people tells you a lot about the people who come. Friendly, patient, accommodating crowds sharing a common passion – flight.
Why else would Boeing fly the 787 Dreamliner in for a day? Tens of thousands of enthusiasts stood in line for hours in sweltering heat to tour the aircraft. No one complains.
Legendary designer Burt Rutan is there and his aircraft arrive in droves including the iconic Boomerang and Beechcraft Starship.
At Oshkosh, he’s just another EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) member. Like “Sully” Sullenberger, Captain of US Airways Flight 1549 – The Miracle On The Hudson” who attended a number of events and was more than willing to talk for a minute or pose for the fans’ photos.
I’ll be posting photos for months but I’ll leave you with this one. The world’s largest airship. And I got to go for a flight.
How long to Oshkosh 2012?