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Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2005

Monday, July 25 - Opening Day
EAA AirVenture 2005
Created: 07/26/2005
Updated: 07/26/2005
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Article by Steen Staff
 
Monday was a good start to the show, a little slower than in other years (since they previously started Oshkosh on Tuesday) but that should pick up as the week goes on. The weather was nice, but warm, though some bad weather started moving in very late in the day. There were a good number of folks who went through the Curtis Pitts memorial area, with many folks sharing stories of time with Curtis or his airplanes. The White Knight and SpaceShipOne arrived at 3PM, right on schedule, and really stole the show... it was a virtual mob scene... albeit an incredibly polite and nearly organized one... as thousands of admirers jockied for position to see, photograph, and meet the aircraft and the team that won the X-prize. They all signed a few autographs and had a great time, you can tell that they really enjoyed "coming home" to a bunch of EAA folks on the only public stop for SpaceShipOne before it goes into the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

We're looking forward to a great week!


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This year, we're displaying the Yellowbird Skybolt and a structurally complete Skybolt fuselage.  
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There are at least 3 B-17s here this year.  
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Some visitors read all about Curtis Pitts in the Curtis Pitts tribute display tent.  
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Curtis Pitts t-shirts were a popular item. Proceeds benefit IAC.  
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The memorial board has many photos of Curtis and his planes, with a set of his original S1-C plans as a backdrop.  
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This is a faithful replica of Caro Bayley's famous Pitts Special named 'Black Magic', circa 1951. All the planes at the tribute display have a nice sign with it explaining information about the model of aircraft.  
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The Black magic replica is a really well-done airplane. Caro Bayley's original was the third Pitts Special.  
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The cockpit of Black Magic.  
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Jim Klick's S1-S is a very attractive aircraft.  
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Chuck Strauch's fine plane represented the S-2A line.  
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This is an example of an S2-S.  
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N80XP is the prototype of the Pitts Model 12 "Macho Stinker" line. It's still in nice shape.  
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The C-54 was used extensively in the Berlin Airlift.  
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Teddy is signaling to the arming crew... he's upholding our constitutional right to arm bears.  
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The Dornier Do-24ATT is a pre-WW2 seaplane, converted (much) later to use three turboprops. Very unique... this plane has a ton of character!  
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The B-17 'Thunder Bird' being towed into AeroShell Square.  
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The famous P-38 'Glacier Girl' had a large crowd around it constantly.  
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The PBJ-1J was a US Marines version of the B-25. This is an unusual and good-looking color scheme for this airplane.  
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The MG-2 is a nice-looking sport biplane.  
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Steve Culp's Sopwith Pup reproduction is stressed for +/- 10G and has a 400hp M-14 radial engine.  
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Steve also instealled a real Lewis machine gun which weighs 60 lbs.  
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We aren't sure what this Segway-riding robot was doing... but it was amusing to watch. You see a little bit of everything at Oshkosh!  
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The Javelin is a very attractive jet.  
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The USAF brought two F-4s that are used for weapons evaluation. This is a beautiful (and LOUD!!!) sound that is rarely heard nowadays.  
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We have a fully decked-out Skybolt S fuselage on display at our tent... a lot of onlookers have enjoyed seeing it.  
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Our friends just up the road in Rockledge FL, Bob Boswell and Aero Adventure, not only offer the excellent Aventura II light amphibian, but they've come up with this rip-roaring trike. I couldn't get Bob to admit to a top speed, but it has 280 horsepower... no question it's REAL quick!!!!  
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Bob poses with the machine.  
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At 3PM, the White Knight appeared overhead with SpaceShipOne underneath. This sight pretty well electrified the entire convention!  
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White Knight and SpaceShipOne made several impressive passes down the runway.  
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The White Knight actually has a pretty good climb rate.  
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WK and SS1 taxi in to a very eager crowd.  
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Oshkosh attendees are often a bit jaded, but the reaction to the arrival of the X-Prize winners can only be described as near pandemonium.  
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WK and SS1 are towed into AeroShell Square very slowly.  
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After the landing of the WK and SS1, the airshow continued on.  
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(L-R) First commercial astronaut Mike Melville, designer/homebuilding legend Burt Rutan, entrepreneur/financial sponsor Paul G. Allen, commercial astronaut Brian Binnie, and EAA president tom Poberezny. They all had some neat things to say to a very enthusiastic crowd.  
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Save the RV-3s (collect the whole set!) Nice airplanes.  
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Jim Simmons' Skybolt sits in the IAC area.  
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Next to Jim Smmons' Skybolt sat Tim Paul's Skybolt.  
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Steve Jones' Skybolt serves as a runway for an experimental biplane design, with his son at the controls.  
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Bob Dobry's matching Great Lakes trainers are a sight to see!  

Other entries in this series:
     Sunday, July 24 - Setup Day    July 24, 2005
      » Monday, July 25 - Opening Day    July 25, 2005
     Tuesday, July 26    July 26, 2005
     Wednesday, July 27 - Part 1    July 27, 2005
     Wednesday, July 27 - Part 2    July 27, 2005
     Thursday, July 28 - Part 1    July 28, 2005
     Thursday, July 28 - Part 2    July 28, 2005
     Friday, July 29 - Part 1    July 29, 2005
     Friday, July 29 - Part 2    July 29, 2005
     Saturday, July 30 - Part 1    July 30, 2005
     Saturday, July 30 - Part 2    July 30, 2005

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