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Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2005

Wednesday, July 27 - Part 1
EAA AirVenture 2005
Created: 07/27/2005
Updated: 07/29/2005
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Article by Steen Staff
 
The weather on Wednesday was beautiful! We're really having a good time and are enjoying the chance to talk to many friends and customers. There is just so much to see! We're trying to bring you a good snapshot of all the neat stuff that's going on, but the truth is, you really have to be here to appreciate the scope of everything that's here. It seems that everytime you turn around, you see something new or discover a whole new section that you didn't realize was there.

So without any further ado, here's part one of today's photos.


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There are a variety of B-17s on display. This one is named "Thunder Bird".  
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This rare post-war Goodyear-built Corsair is a very attractive airplane. This one is configured as a racer, the unusual scheme confuses folks since most people have never seen a Corsair that wasn't blue.  
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Kristin poses with the Corsair (she likes these birds so much, she even had one on her wedding cake!)  
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The Kreutzer Air Coach is the smallest of the seven tri-motors present, but certainly one of the prettiest.  
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A lot of detailed restoration work went into the Air Coach.  
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This is a Stout Bushmaster 2000, a "modernized" and certificated update of the famed Ford Trimotor. Only two were built between 1960 and 1980, and the other one was lost recently in a takeoff accident in California. It's essentially a Ford with a taller cabin, different engines, and a different tail, and was intended to be a heavy-duty bush plane.  
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Greg Herrick's Ford 4-AT-A has newly-manufactured corrugated wing skins, but it's still nearly impossible to believe that anyone would actually polish an entire Ford Trimotor! This is one of the most beautiful aircraft we've ever seen.  
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The Trimotor is an enormously strong airplane... and many folks find it quite beautiful too. This view shows the corrugations that gave it much of its strength and distinctiveness.  
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The sun sets behind the Ford. Beautiful!  
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Many famous people have flown in this aircraft. Harry Brooks was a close friend of Henry Ford (he lost his life in a Ford Flivver crash in Melbourne FL during a publicity tour) and Floyd Bennett was a pilot on Richard Byrd's polar expeditions (When Byrd became the first man to reach the South Pole, his Trimotor was named "The Floyd Bennett" in his honor, Bennett having died shortly before the trip.)  
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The 4-AT-A has a whole lot of character, even more than later versions of the type.  
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This beautiful Stinson Trimotor is quite a bit different from the Fords, but it was almost as well known in it's day.  
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The Stinson and Ford Trimotors were a great combination to see together.  
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Glacier Girl taxies in after a mission.  
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The Breezy lives up to its name. This design became popular in the 1950s and 60s, and they're still being built today. What a view!  
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The Piaggio Avanti is a very sleek-looking aircraft.  
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Three Bell 47s are constantly overhead giving rides, even during the airshow.  
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One of the two F-4s that the Air Force brought to AirVenture on display in AeroShell Square.  
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Paul, Sherry, and Ethan Goetsch enjoy the EAA Museum. It's a truly fascinating place and is something you shouldn't miss!  
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Actor Cliff Robertson had a meet & greet session after his talk at the museum. (We know him because his Stampe needed some flying wires a while back.) A truly nice guy!  
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This ornithopter-like "thing" put on quite a show.  
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Lots of people continued to go through the Curtis Pitts tribute tent.  
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The Shockwave Jet Truck makes a blisteringly-fast run down the runway during the airshow.  
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There are a variety of current military aircraft on display.  
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The Steen banner flies high for all to see.  
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The P-51 'Cloud Dancer' heads out for a flight to demonstrate air racing.  
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The Sea Fury unfolds its wings (it flies a lot better that way) while heading out for the mock race.  
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The Goodyear Corsair joins the racing group.  
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Two Eclipse jets fly by for the crowd.  
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Where else can you see a wingwalker move from a Stearman to a helicopter in midair?  
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Steve Fossett's Global Flyer arrived on Wednesday.  
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The Global Flyer was greeted by a very enthusiastic crowd.  
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The Global Flyer is a very elegant airplane.  
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Every type of aircraft is represented at AirVenture, including gyrocopters.  
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The Star Spangled Banner was sung as the flag was carried in by a parachutist.  
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Paul shares a moment with his son Ethan.  
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Even after we closed up, people were still coming by looking at the plane.  
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We were treated to a beautiful sunset.  
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The "shoe farm" at the house... we have 13 people staying in the house! (Actually it works out just fine.)  
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Our friends at Liberty Aircraft are in a nearby display.  

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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