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Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2006

Wednesday, July 26
EAA AirVenture 2006
Created: 07/23/2006
Updated: 08/24/2006
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Article by Steen Staff
The big story today was the arrival of the Avro Lancaster... there were over 7,000 built, yet only two fly today and only one of those is in North America. Despite being about an hour behind schedule, everyone waited around patiently to see this legendary and very rare bomber. It arrived with a B-25 off it's wing, both in attractive RCAF colors. They only made one pass before landing, but we did get to see the massive bomb bay doors open up before engine shutdown. This plane is so expensive to operate, there is a real threat that it soon may not be able to fly anymore unless a very wealthy sponsor (or the Canadian government) decides to cover the costs. That would be a shame, as it's a very unique and historic aircraft.

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Airshow planes getting into position an hour before the start of the show.  
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Sean D. Tucker's plane. This is the backup for his beloved Challenger, which was lost in April when part of the control linkage broke. Sean was officially inducted into the Caterpillar Club on Wednesday.  
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Matt Chapman shuts down his bright CAP near show center.  
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This replica Nieuport was used in the movie Flyboys.  
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This Fokker Dr.1 Triplane replica was also by the Flyboys movie display.  
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The Lancaster has four Merlin engines... it sounds like no other plane. VERY cool.  
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Even though it has four Merlins, it doesn't sound quite like four P-51s.  

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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