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Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2005

Friday, July 29 - Part 1
EAA AirVenture 2005
Created: 07/29/2005
Updated: 08/09/2005
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Article by Steen Staff
 
Friday was another busy day with nice weather and a great airshow. Here is Part 1 of Friday's photo gallery.


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Many potential builders came by to try on the Skybolt. Most found it to be roomier than they expected.  
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An F-15 makes a dramatic and noisy arrival behind the Yellowbird.  
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George Coy and the Gesoco crew had their nifty little 125hp radial on display again... there's a ton of interest in this new engine, which will be perfect for many of the LSAs now being marketed.  
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This is a nice Spartan C3-225.  
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Greg Herrick's Ford 4-AT-A makes the rounds during the Trimotor fly-by session. This plane is polished to a mirror finish and gleamed brightly in the sunlight.  
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The Junkers Ju-52 was an impressive sight. It seemed to fly in a slightly tail-down attitude.  
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The big Dornier Do-24ATT flying boat is very stately and impressive both on the ground and in flight.  
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The Junkers taxies in after the flybys.Thousands of these were built before and during WW2, now the type is a very rare sight.  
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Robert Odegaard's Goodyear F2G Super Corsair makes a fast pass by one of the AeroShell Team's T-6's during a racing demo.  
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One of the Corsair's prop blades is painted white, which creates the illusion that the prop isn't turning very fast at all.  
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What a beautiful bird. This 1947 aircraft is one of the very last Corsairs built, and is a real thoroughbred.  
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Jimmy Leeward's Cloud Dancer P-51 put on a great show as well during the race demo.  
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The Super Corsair climbs after a pylon turn.  
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The Super Corsair is towed back into AeroShell Square...  
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... followed closely by Cloud Dancer.  
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The announcer's stand is a real beehive of activity during the entire show.  
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The Liberty Parachute Team did a special tribute to Old Glory with five different US flags.  
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"Darn these cheap surplus fire trucks..." Actually, the Liberty Team's Old Glory tribute was followed by a small but fun fireworks show.  
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Duggy the DC-3 provided drop services to the parachuters. Duggy is "the happiest D-3 in the world". Believe it or not, the pilots' name is... Doug.  
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This beautiful Stinson Reliant didn't fly in the show, unfortunately.  
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Sean D. Tucker taxies his highlymodified Pitts out for a show. He has 8 ailerons... the inboard ones are rigged to move exponentially with stick deflection and provide for more control during zero-airspeed hovering maneuvers.  
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Sean Tucker begins his high-energy show.  
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Sean's plane doesn't seem to know the meaning of "forward flight".  
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The limbo pass under the ribbon.  
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Sean does a nice photo pass right downt he runway.  
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Sean is the highest-paid airshow performer in the world, and for good reason.  
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Sean isn't just talented, but he's a really nice guy that obviously enjoys the people he meets along the way. Here he has a post-performance mini-celebration with his ground team.  
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Sean's one of those guys that always seems to have way too much energy!  
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Despite the slightly exasperated attempts by EAA staff to get him to hurry up to take the post-performance ride down the flight line, Sean made sure that he took a few more moments to give these kids a chance for a photo and autograph. They were very excited that he took the time!  
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AeroShell's performance is seen behind the Do-24ATT.  
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The big Dornier has plenty of room for lots of jet fuel... glad we're not paying the fuel bill!  
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The Harrier crew hangs out at their airplane. These are unique planes that are only flown by the Marines. Not many modern jet fighters have a windvane installed on the nose!  
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The Ford tent had many interesting displays. Polished bare metal looks really nice if done right (we bet you can't buy it from the factory this way, though... that polished finish must take a ton of hard work!)  
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One of the really intersting displays was a car that was cut in half. Not sure just how they did it but it sure puts a new perspective on things.  
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The transmission appears to be a very complicated piece of engineering.  
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I was sure I was going to win this year's EAA Sweepstakes prize... this tricked-out, better-than-new Cherokee. I must have forgotten to stamp my envelopes or something. Dang it!  
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The Bell 47s were constantly giving rides.  
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The Coast Guard brought an HH-60J Jayhawk. This is a mainstay of their rescue fleet, and is equipped for all kinds of rescues. When someone is in trouble, these guys and gals will fly in weather that most people wouldn't even drive their cars into.  
   

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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