Oshkosh memories

aviation, Flying Is Fun, Oshkosh, photo

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?

Heavy Metal Jet Team Oshkosh 2011

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.

B29 "FIFI" at Oshkosh 2011 From precision jets to the world’s only flying B-29 bomber to a homebuilt single seater, Oshkosh is where the airplanes are.  If it flies, it’s been to Oshkosh.

 

787 on display at Oshkosh

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.

Burt Rutan "Boomerang" at Oshkosh 2011

Legendary designer Burt Rutan is there and his aircraft arrive in droves including the iconic Boomerang and Beechcraft Starship.

Beechcraft Starship at Oshkosh 2011

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.

Oshkosh 2011

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.

Farmer's airship Eureka ride at Oshkosh 2011

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