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Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2007

Thursday, July 26
EAA AirVenture 2007
Created: 07/18/2007
Updated: 07/27/2007
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
Rain, rain... Thursday was mostly raining. Fortunately, it never got too heavy, but it rained on and off throughout the day. Still, after the scorching heat of Wednesday, the cooler temperatures the rain created were welcomed. Probably because of the weather as well as the day of the week, we had fewer visitors, but it was still not slow. When you go to Oshkosh, you can expect to be hot, wet, and chilly at various times... be prepared for anything!


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Despite the rain, the Steen display was open and a good number of folks came to visit.  
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Mike Wiskas' Pitts sits on the flight line.  
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Another rare Swallow biplane... this one has a radial engine.  
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Debbie Rihn-Harvey's CAP on the flight line.  
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John Gaertner is bringing the Avro 504K back to life. Most folks don't know that the large (36 ft. wingspan) 504K was among the first, if not the first, aerobatic trainers. Nearly all WWI allied pilots learned to fly in this plane.  
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The Avro folks are also building radiators for Jenny replica projects.  
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Patty Wagstaff's plane has a new paint scheme this year.  
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Patty Wagstaff put on a fine performance, as always.  
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Steve Oliver puts the Skydancer through it's paces.  
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Wheeee!!  
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Matt Younkin does a great routine in this replica Travel Air Mystery Ship that was built by his grandfather.  
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An airshow plane arrives.  
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This hang glider was towed up by a truck, then did acro and even had pyrotechnics. The pilot lost the use of his legs years ago, and refused to give up flying. Seeing a hang glider do acro is something else!  
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The Red Baron Pizza Squadron sends a message to their friends.  
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The four Super Stearmans are very impressive to watch!  
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There were many Staggerwings here this year.  
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The "Meet the FAA Administrator" session was packed.  
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AOPA made sure that everyone had the chance to show how they felt by handing out "Stop User Fees" stickers to everyone.  
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FAA Administrator Marion Blakey did a good job of answering some very pointed questions, mostly about user fees.  
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The Carbon Cub... wonder what Mr. Piper would think of all these high-tech developments?  
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This Stearman C3B is owned by Ron Alexander.  
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The nose area is really nice looking.  
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There was intense interest in the E-Flight project that Sonex had on display. They're developing a practical electric sport aircraft.  
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This is a replica of the Primary Glider that got Paul Poberezny started in aviation. Very primitive, but it looks like it was fun!  
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This is a Stits Playboy, once a very popular design.  
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This Fairchild was one of the first government-owned aircraft.  
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EAA's Ford Trimotor is flying all week long, giving rides. A highly recommended experience!  
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A turbine Legend... very fast!  
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This Breezy was popular with the crowd.  
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You have to have a sense of humor to fly something like a Breezy!  
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The latest instrumentation...  
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A Beaver on amphibious floats comes in for a landing.  
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The Cirrus VK-30 is the plane that started it all for Cirrus Design in the mid-1980s. It's also one of the sleekest homebuilts ever made.  
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Another sleek pusher... the Prescott Pusher.  
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Duggy the DC-3 takes off with the Liberty Parachute team.  
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One of the good things about Oshkosh is all the chances you have to "try on" airplanes.  
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The massive C-5 was pushed back so they could head back to base.  
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How would you like to have to do a brake job on THIS?  
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When the Galaxy left, they almost dragged the tail.  
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This is a mockup of a civilian tiltrotor.  
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Another rare plane is this U-2 that flew in from Beale AFB in California.  
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The U-2 was parked in Aeroshell Square, and the crowd mobbed the pilot with questions.  
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Towards the end of the day, a C-17 arrived and put on quite an airshow. Someone forgot to tell this plane and it's pilots that it's not a fighter!  
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One lucky kid! This DH.88 Comet is a truly beautiful aircraft.  
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A Stinson Trimotor. Very neat!  
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The Anderson Greenwood AG-14 was cute as a button. It attracted a huge amount of admirers.  
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This Percival also attracted many admirers.  
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Here's a very rare one for you... a 1927 Stinson Detroiter. It's a fairly large aircraft.  
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We concluded the day with a little party for Paul and Barrett, both of whom are celebrating birthdays this week.  
     

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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