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Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2004

Pre-Show Setup
EAA AirVenture 2004
Created: 07/30/2004
Updated: 08/11/2004
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Article by Steen Staff
Setting up is always a huge task, but after attending Oshkosh and Sun 'N Fun for several years now we've gotten the process to run pretty smoothly. We start packing the truck weeks before the show, we arrive several days before the show starts, and then we work very hard to be ready for opening day. Of course, no two events work out the exact same way, and the logistics can be challenging. Yet somehow, it all seems to come together in time. We're blessed to have such a dedicated crew that can make this happen twice a year!

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The cutaway M14 engine (on loan from George Coy of Gesoco) is always a popular showpiece.  
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First, we erect the main tent to provide some needed shade.  
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Then we put down plastic sheeting to keep the floor dry.  
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Then, we assemble the plywood floor panels. By this point, it's starting to feel a lot like work.  
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EAA staff kindly provided a tow into the vendor area for the Yellowbird Skybolt.  
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Mike Hughes and Barrett Brummet flew the Yellowbird up from Florida. That's a good cross-country trip in any plane, but being able to cruise at a pretty good rate (with the occasional acro maneuver thrown in, if you wish) really helps!  
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Barrett provides guidance while the Yellowbird is pushed towards the tent.  
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Barrett and Mike swing the tail around.  
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Lots of activity surrounds the tent during the setup process.  
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We have to remove a pole and lift the front of the tent to get the Yellowbird in.  
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The Pitts 14 is assembled right inside the tent. This actually doesn't take very long to do.  
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There are always lots of things going on at once... Paul works on some last-minute details.  
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Paul is pretty well unflappable in the face of what some would describe as chaos. AirVenture is all about fun, after all!  
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Christy Everette (left), Cheryl Everette, and Mike Hughes take time to fuel up at the local Applebees.  
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(L-R) Justin McGahee, Jeff Long, and Rick McGahee enjoy a well-earned dinner.  
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Justin re-creates a scene from "Easy Rider"... well, kind of...  
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There were none braver than the FAC pilots who flew planes like this beautiful little O-1 Bird Dog on some of the most harrowing missions imaginable.  
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This gate will become a very, very busy place tomorrow morning.  
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It's amazing how convenient digital cameras are. How did we ever get along without them?  

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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