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Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2004

Tuesday, July 27 - Opening Day
EAA AirVenture 2004
Created: 07/13/2004
Updated: 08/11/2004
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Article by Steen Staff
Tuesday (Opening Day) was very busy, as usual. Fortunately, we did find some time to look at the flight line. As anyone who's been to Oshkosh knows, it's impossible for one person to see it all in a week, let alone in a part of a day. There are fascinating things to see and experience everywhere you go!

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Our good friend Steve Culp of Culp's Specialties brought one of his new Sopwith Pups. He built 12 of them at once! This beast is powered by a 360 hp Vendenyev M14P (note the huge prop which spins "backwards".) The original Pup had only an 80hp LeRhone rotary!  
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Another view of the Pup. The airframe can handle +/- 10 G once all the streamlined flying wires are installed! Weight is 2400 lbs, cruise should be around 150 mph and the climb rate is expected to be 4500 fpm!  
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Please do not taunt the biplanes!  
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All of Steve's planes demonstrate exceptional workmanship. EAA has a good article about Steve's Sopwith posted here.  
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Word is that Snoopy himself is planning to flight-test the Pup soon.  
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The Pup's Steel struts are painted convincingly to look like wood struts.  
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The Pup's ailerons.  
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The "Red Baron's-Eye View" of the Pup.  
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A view over the nose.  
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This beautiful machine is a Goodyear F2G Super Corsair owned by Bob Odegaard of Kindred, North Dakota. It won in the 1947 Cleveland Air Races.  
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The Super Corsair looks fast from any angle. It should... max speeds are towards 500 mph and it can reach 30,000 feet in four minutes!  
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This is the only flying Super Corsair in the world. The F2G was designed to intercept Kamikazes in the waning days of WWII, and only 10 were built.  
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As usual, the Steen/Shapes Group tents were crowded with interested folks.  
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Fiberglass component guru Sam James and his lovely wife Patty came by to say hi. Sam does top-notch work.  
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Steve Jones returned this year with his nice Skybolt.  
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We can't even begin to describe this... umm... airplan... er, helicop... umm... flying machine?  
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Paul and John Goetsch hold up a C-5A.  
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How planes are born? The C-5A dwarfs Pete Clinton's Skybolt.  
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A well-done Pitts Model 12.  
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Another good-looking "Macho Stinker" Model 12.  

Other entries in this series:
     We're heading up to Wisconsin!    July 21, 2004
     Skybolt Flight - Melbourne to Oshkosh    July 22, 2004
     Travelling to Oshkosh    July 23, 2004
     Pre-Show Setup    July 26, 2004
      » Tuesday, July 27 - Opening Day    July 27, 2004
     Wednesday, July 28    July 28, 2004
     Thursday, July 29    July 29, 2004
     Friday, July 30    July 30, 2004
     Saturday, July 31    July 31, 2004
     Sunday, August 1    August 1, 2004
     Monday, August 2    August 2, 2004
     Skybolt - Return Trip    August 2, 2004

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