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Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2005

Tuesday, July 26
EAA AirVenture 2005
Created: 07/26/2005
Updated: 08/01/2005
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Article by Steen Staff
 
Tuesday saw the trailing edge of Monday's cold front clear out, with temperatures in the low 70's and a good breeze... after the 114 degree day on Sunday, it was a very welcome change! The booth continued to be quite busy. Several of us headed over to the EAA Museum to hear our friend Cliff Robertson speak (Cliff owns and flies several planes)... unfortunately for us, his talks have become so popular that they have had to start issuing tickets to limit the number of folks trying to get in. By the time we found out about that, it was too late to get a ticket! He did however have a meet & greet session afterwards so we were able to say hello after all. We saw a bit of the Museum, as a first-time visitor, I can say that it's truly an amazing place for anyone with even the slightest bit of interest in aviation. Another thing that impressed us was seeing KidVenture... there are many aviation-related activities for the younger ones that helps spread the adult's excitement about aviation to them. There were even control-line model airplanes and piltos available to help the kids get a taste of "real" model flying. AirVenture is a true class act all the way through. One amazing thing you'll notice about the character of the event is that no matter where you look, you'll be very hard-pressed to find a speck of trash on the grounds... not just because the voluteers are active in keeping things clean, but the visitors just don't drop trash on the grounds. This Mecca of aviation is truly held in hgh esteem by those who attend. The town of Oshkosh embraces the visitors and AirVenture with open arms, and we've been treated to a very positive experience all the way through.


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Monday night's storms did cause minor damage... a tent fell on this Ercoupe and damaged the rear canopy. Oshkosh got 2.11 inches of rain during the night.  
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In the EAA Museum, a Park Service guide was telling all about the Wright Brothers, and even introduced a relative of Orville and Wilbur.  
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This is an early glider design - it was the first aircraft with true three-axis control.  
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The museum has a lot of educational and interesting displays.  
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The Cosmic Wind is a very famous racer.  
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The Pober Sport is a really attractive sport plane. It's good to see the roots of homebuilding being so well preserved and presented to the public.  
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The Spirit of St. Louis replica has a ncie display. (It's likely the only place int eh world where you can see a diorama of Paris at night that's made of Legos!)  
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Ray Stits' famous Sky Baby was the smallest flying plane in the world (later, Bob Starr built a slightly smaller one called the Bumble Bee.)  
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The homebuilt Cirrus VK-30 is the plane that started it all for Cirrus Design, which is now selling more single-engine planes than Cessna. It's also one of the prettiest aircraft built in the last couple decades.  
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The original BD-5 hangs on the wall. Newer versions have a different horizontal tail shape.  
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This is a full-scale, cutaway replica of the Rutan Voyager, the first plane to make it around the world nonstop. It's amazing that two people stayed in this aircraft for over nine days!  
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One wall has a really neat display of propellers. They all rotate, of course.  
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The Red Devils' Pitts Specials and the Eagles's planes (Christen Eagles) share spots of honor in the front lobby of the museum. Both teams represent the epitome of formation airshow performances.  
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One of the Devils' Pitts Specials... a really slick aircraft.  
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The famed Bugatti racer never had the chance to fly... but boy, would we all love to see a flying replica take to the air!  
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Pioneer Field is an airport within an airport, and sits across a grass runway from the museum. Three Bell 47 helicopters are continuously offering rides from the field... it sounds like you're living in an episode of M*A*S*H.  
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The AMA partnered with the EAA to offer kids a chance to fly control-line models. This is a stunt model demonstration.  
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The cavalry heads out for the airshow.  
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Large formations are the rule at Oshkosh.  
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A Skyraider performes during the airshow. BOOM!  
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An OV-1D Mohawk shows it's stuff.  
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The P-38 'Glacier Girl' gets ready to take off. Very graceful curves on these planes.  
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... and here we have the 'Glacier Girls'... a lot of pilots enjoyed having their picture taken with these attractive young ladies.  
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A flock... er, pack... er.. bunch oo Bird Dogs and other liason airplanes fly the circuit in the warbird show.  
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A squadron of Mustangs flies by. Unfortunately, one of these pilots and his P-51D was lost a short while later when his P-51D crashed (well away from the airport) in a staging area before a formation assembly... no details are yet available on what happened.  
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The performers enjoy watching the airshow.  
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A Stealth fighter taxies in.  
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The Red Bull monoplane is almost ready to perform.  
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An L-39 takes to the sky.  
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The Heritage Flight includes a P-51, P-38, F-4, and F-16. The rare F-4 and P-38 were real stars of this part of the show.  
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The Heritage Flight flies over. We all got goosebumps!  
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The F-4 is one of the last remaining Phantoms in USAF service... it's painted in Vietnam colors and it's "real job" involves weapons evaluation.  
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A C-47 and the Aeroshell T-6's prepare to drop parachuters... they were skimming through the bottom of the clouds.  
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The third Pitts S-1-11 Super Stinker arrived and was added to the Curtis Pitts memorial display area. The only plane that couldn't make it was the Samson Replica, which was down for mechanical issues.  
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A parachuter comes in with colorful smoke.  
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Kirby Chambliss hangs on the prop on takeoff... you REALLY have to trust your engine to do something like this.  
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Famed Georgia aviator and FBO owner Pat Epps performs in his aerobatic Bonanza.  
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We had a surprise party earlier in the month, but Paul's real birthday was Tuesday... we celebrated a bit Tuesday night.  
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The recent issue of Sport Aerobatics had a tribute to Curtis Pitts (it's the same article that was recently published in Sport Aviation).  
 

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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