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Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2007

Tuesday, July 24
EAA AirVenture 2007
Created: 07/18/2007
Updated: 07/27/2007
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Article by Mike Whaley
Tuesday was, in a word, hot. If it wasn't for the fact that there's so much to see and do at Oshkosh, we would be surprised to see anyone out on such a sticky hot day. Still, folks dealt with the heat and came by in droves. We had many visitors, to say the least. Aside from the weather, it was a very good day all around, the vendors all stayed busy and we all got to see some great aircraft and airshow performers. From what we can tell, this is one of the biggest AirVentures in a long, long time!

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Some of the Skybolt Gang rests near a wing to watch the airshow.  
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This is a Little Toot... nifty little plane!  
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Jet dragster driver Elaine Larson was on hand.  
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Evan Goetsch can't get enough planes and helicopters.  
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This Great Lakes is a regular attendee at Oshkosh.  
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You see a wide variety of biplanes here!  
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The Hatz line of bipes are very popular.  
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Michael Goulian's high-performance airshow plane spent a lot of time in the Castrol tent (gee, wonder why...)  
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This Pitts Model 12 was originally built with night airshows in mind. Each wingtip has a bright light on it.  
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The tail even has a light, to provide a "flames" effect behind the plane as it lights up the smoke. (The Aeroshell Team has a similar feature in their T-6's, it does look really cool!)  
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Another Model 12 has arrived...  
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... and another.  
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One of the biggest news items was the official announcement that Cessna was going to produce and sell their LSA, now called the Model 162 SkyCatcher. At $109,000 each, over 400 firm orders were placed in the first two days! This will go far to push "normal" FBO's to offer Sport Pilot training alongside Private and Commercial training.  
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Cessna also had their technology demonstrator on display.  
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This is an experimental setup for testing an advanced propulsion concept. It runs, but it's not an actual aircraft, only a "generic" test rig. Cool stuff!  
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One of the truly remarkable stories in the past year is that of the "Pietenpol Kids", who were featured in a recent Sport Aviation feature article. They gave a forum, and it was clear that the airplane restoration project has made a huge positive impact on each one. Look close... they might have restored a 1932 airplane, but attendees to the forum clearly saw that these kids have already started down the path towards shaping the aviation world of the near future.  
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The kids had a ball at the pedal planes... the planes weren't rolling, but the props turned.  
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This Waiex motorglider is one of Sonex's small, light, inexpensive aircraft.  
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Rans, the venerable manufacturer of really neat light planes (and bicycles) introduced a new LSA called the S-19. This might give some of the other LSA's a real run for the money. Very well-done airplane!  
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One of the principles in the long history of the Sky Arrow became disabled, which lead the company to develop hand controls that can be installed or removed very quickly and easily. Here, a disabled gentleman tries the setup out. There are a lot of pilots who are able to fly in spite of physical disabilities, in fact it's easier to do so now than ever before.  
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The Air Force's F-86 was a truly revolutionary fighter.  
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The Navy took the F-86 concept and asked for modifications to better suit carrier use. The result was the FJ Fury. This is a very rare aircraft to see flying.  
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This could be a once-in-a-lifetime formation! Two T-33s, an F-86, and the Fury.  
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The USAF Heritage flight with a P-51 and F-15.  
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OK, it's technically not an airplane, but it does fly!  
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This C-5 Galaxy cargo plane dominated Aeroshell Square. It's hard to imagine that something this big could actually fly!  
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If it ain't round, it ain't sound? Transport engine technology has advanced a bit since 1927. This is Greg Herrick's Ford 4-AT-A Trimotor and the C-5.  
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Lots of folks were interested in the Blackhawk helicopter on display.  
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Hard to imagine that someone actually tried to simplify that simplest of light planes, the Ercoupe, but they did. This is a one-seat homebuilt design called the Minicoupe.  

Other entries in this series:
     Friday, July 20 - Brodhead WI Fly-In    July 20, 2007
     Saturday, July 21 - Brodhead WI Fly-In    July 21, 2007
     Sunday, July 22 - Setup Day    July 22, 2007
     Monday, July 23    July 23, 2007
      » Tuesday, July 24    July 24, 2007
     Wednesday, July 25    July 25, 2007
     Thursday, July 26    July 26, 2007
     Friday, July 27    July 27, 2007
     Friday, July 27 - Biplane Cookout    July 27, 2007
     Saturday, July 28    July 28, 2007
     Sunday, July 29    July 29, 2007

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