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Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2004

Saturday, July 31
EAA AirVenture 2004
Created: 07/13/2004
Updated: 08/11/2004
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Article by Steen Staff
 
Saturday, famed actor and pilot Cliff Robertson came by to visit us. Cliff is a neat guy... he certainly hasn't let his fame go to his head. Cliff is a former Young Eagles chairman and in addition to his movie work, he has appeared on TV shows (such as National Geographic Explorer) to promote the freedom and beauty of flight. Cliff owns several aircraft, including a vintage Stampe biplane for which we provided the flying wires. At Oshkosh, seeing well-known celebrities like Cliff, Burt Rutan, and many others is a common occurance.


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Well-known actor and pilot Cliff Robertson stopped in to visit. Cliff has been a Young Eagles chairman and is actively involved in EAA. (L-R) Paul Goetsch, Cliff Robertson, Jeff Long.  
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Paul and Cliff mug for the camera. Cliff bought a set of flying wires from us for his Stampe biplane.  
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Rick McGahee says hello. Despite being famous, Cliff is just a down-to-earth guy who loves to fly, and has enjoyed having opportunities to introduce aviation to many people along the way.  
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Christy and Cheryl Everette get Cliff set up with some Steen information.  
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With the front pit covered, this Jacobs-powered Taperwing T-10 looks especially sleek.  
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The T-10 has an elegant panel.  
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We just couldn't get enough of the Goodyear F2G racer.  
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It just doesn't get any better than this.  
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Innodyn showed off this interesting turbine setup on a Cub.  
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Turbines offer some real advantages in certain installations, though the initial costs are significantly higher.  
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What would Mr. Piper have thought about this?  
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This is Scott Campbell's Pitts S1-S.  
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Ray Vetsch's Turbo Shark is a Sukhoi Su-26MX with a Walter M601-T turboprop on the nose and a pulse jet underneath (ala the German V-1 Buzz Bomb.)  
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This is a radical bird, indeed.  
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Have you ever heard a Dynajet run? It really makes you wonder how incredibly LOUD this thing must be when it fires up!  
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The flea market has everything... and eventually, someone will take on this "challenging restoration project."  
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The Reno racing Sea Fury "Riff Raff" was built in 1957 for the Iraqi Air Force. What a beauty!  
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This is a "new" Waco YMF, built in 1987 and registered to Robin Williams (not the comedian/actor, so far as we know.)  
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This is easily the most "packed" instrument panel we've ever seen in an open-cockpit aircraft.  
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The Waco has very clean lines and smooth curves.  

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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