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Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2006

Friday, July 28
EAA AirVenture 2006
Created: 07/23/2006
Updated: 08/24/2006
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Article by Steen Staff
Friday was a busy day, the weather remained good (but still very hot) and a lot of folks who couldn't take the whole week off managed to start their weekend early and go to EAA. A highlight of the day was seeing the Blue Angels. The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds don't ever perform at Oshkosh simply because the airport is situated in such a way that they don't have the necessary room to do so... the military has strict safety requirements for the areas they overfly during jet team aerobatic demonstrations. Still, this year the Navy sent Blue Angels Number Seven (the two-seater) which was available to see close-up in AeroShell Square, and on Friday the entire team flew in for some passes. They were actually supposed to do a few maneuvers, but they got delayed while doing air-to-air refueling beforehand and so they didn't arrive until the last part of the NOTAM period set aside for them. The radio chatter between the Air Boss, Blue Angels leader, and other performers while we awaited their appearance included some good-natured teasing about them being on "Navy Time"... the Blues leader passed the buck on that one back to the folks in Annapolis. Finally, we saw them heading in, smoke on, coming from the east, which brought an instant halt to everything going on as everyone scrambled to get a shot as the entire squadron flew right overhead about 500 feet high. A couple more passes, including one right down the runway with number seven flying a bit farther out so they could get a group shot of them in front of the convention, and they were gone. Though we didn't get a chance for seeing any aerobatics, everyone was still very impressed with the majesty of their great formation flying.

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Chad Joel from Piloti Shoes chats with Aaron in the Steen tent. Interest in these shoes was very high, to say the least.  
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Dave Stone talks with a customer.  
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A Knight Twister was on display in one of the buildings at AirVenture.  
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Here's a famous little plane... Ray Hegy's "El Chuparosa"... flying this tiny airplane must have felt like riding in economy coach class on a cheap airline!  
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Everyone smiled and waved for their portrait with the Blues!  
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Waco Classic Aircraft had this truly beautiful Waco YMF-5C on display.  
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Ed Hamill's plane displayed by an F-16... Ed's "other plane".  
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Our friend Gordon Penner gives a safety seminar in the IAC forums tent.  
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Sean D. Tucker makes a low, high-speed pass.  
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Wheeee!! While this may be work for Sean, but we bet it's about the most fun "job" anyone could ever have!  
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A low-altitude knife-edge pass. Arguably, there is nobody who does this as well as Mr. Tucker.  
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Gene Soucy and his big, loud, slow Show Cat are a nice change from the parade of lookalike monoplanes you often see.  

Other entries in this series:
     Sunday, July 23 - Set-Up Day    July 23, 2006
     Monday, July 24    July 24, 2006
     Tuesday, July 25    July 25, 2006
     Wednesday, July 26    July 26, 2006
     Thursday, July 27    July 27, 2006
      » Friday, July 28    July 28, 2006
     Saturday, July 29    July 29, 2006
     Sunday, July 30    July 30, 2006

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