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Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2005

Friday, July 29 - Part 2
EAA AirVenture 2005
Created: 08/08/2005
Updated: 08/09/2005
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Article by Steen Staff
 
Here are the rest of our Friday photos, including our interesting trip over to the Ultralight area. Our photgraphers had a very busy day!


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Looks like our pal William Wynne , aka "The Corvair Authority", finally snapped! William and his crew are all huge boosters of grass-roots aviation and have done a lot of work to support low-cost, practical flying for fun.  
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The Ford tent had a Trimotor flight simulator. If this is actually a realistic simulation, the Trimotor needs to be "horsed around" quite a bit.  
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This Bonanza has a turboprop modification. Nice!  
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This unusual Percival EP9 Prospector was on the flightline. It's for sale if you want to fly something really different.  
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There were many classic Cessnas lined up.  
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Oshkosh always has a LOT of the more common training planes... this 21-ship formation of T-34s was only a portion of the Mentors in attenance.  
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Here they come again...  
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This smoke ring went on for several minutes after the pyro that produced it.  
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A Hawker Hunter pulls up after a fast pass during the show.  
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The Red Knight T-33 flew a lot during Friday's airshow.  
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There were several L-39s making circuits.  
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The Harrier is hard to miss, even back near the main gate. Here it's seen over the Aero Adventure tent, which was just down the way from Steen's area.  
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Four B-17s and four "Little Friends"... P-51s.  
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The B-17s fly over...  
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As the speakers played Taps, the bombers and fighters performed the missing man formation. This gave everyone goose bumps.  
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Bell 47 vs. L-39...  
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Man, that chopper shows up everywhere doesn't he...  
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No doubt about where you are...  
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The Ultralight area's famous Red Barn provides a scenic backdrop.  
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The ultralight area was interesting, though it didn't seem as much larger than Sun 'N Fun as the rest of the fly-in does. This is a lineup of light helicopters.  
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This unusual helicopter looks like it could be from a spy movie.  
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Gyrocopters have begun a shift towards "dropped keel" designs. This keeps the aircraft's center of mass from being significantly lower than the thrustline like more traditional designs. This helps prevent dangerous pitchovers if there is an have an engine failure during cruise.  
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Legal Eagles, Airbikes, and similar "minimalist aircraft" were out in force. They seemed to be doing quite well.  
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The WW1 scheme works well on this Airbike.  
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It would be hard to miss this light amphibian.  
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The Hummel line of planes were also represented. As light as they are, they're approaching some of the amenities of their larger brothers, with metal construction and full canopies.  
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This looked for all the world like an enlarged R/C Fun-Fly model. It flew like one, too - it demonstrated STOL performance with the large drooped flaps (STOL even by ultralight standards, that is.) There was a great deal of interest in this plane.  
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The traditional, older designs like this Quicksilver are still alive and well. You can tell the guys who fly these kinds of planes, they're the ones with bugs stuck in their teeth.  
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Planes line up to take off. Unlike with the larger planes, the wait for the runway was usually only about a minute.  
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This Legal Eagle has the new UltraVair engine... it's 1/3 of a Corvair engine. This is an interesting alternative to the 1/2 VW's that have been developed for quite a few years.  
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The original Legal Eagle actually has a simple smoke system installed. Neat!  
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This is an early ultralight. The field has advanced a long way since this era!  
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Here's a new one for you dog people out there... this happy and friendly pup hanging out in a private camping area near the ultralights is a RED Labrador retriever. An unusual and truly beautiful dog. (We tried to bring her home with us... she wanted to stay and beg for hot dogs though.)  
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A rural service desk?  
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A little humor in the cockpit of a new design.  
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A pilot pushes his PPC to the flightline.  
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What better way to conclude a good day than with powered parachutes enjoying a beautiful sunset?  
     

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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