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Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2004

Skybolt Flight - Melbourne to Oshkosh
Thursday, July 22 - Sunday, July 25
EAA AirVenture 2004
Created: 08/09/2004
Updated: 08/11/2004
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Article by Steen Staff
 
Barrett Brummett and Mike Hughes flew the company Skybolt (the Yellowbird, N3HW) to Oshkosh, leaving from our home base at Melbourne International Airport in Florida on Thursday and arriving on Sunday. They had an interesting trip... the photos tell the story.


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The view out the front of the Skybolt.  
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Barrett acts as PIC on this leg.  
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The mirror mounted behind the cabanes makes it easy to Check your Six.  
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The Florida peninsula disappears into a layer of haze.  
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A quarry appears off the wing in Tennessee.  
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Mike and Barrett turn and take a look.  
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The Smokey Mountains live up to their name.  
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Tennessee is very pretty from the air.  
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Time for a self-portrait.  
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Mike poses with the Yellowbird in Knoxville.  
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Mike and Barrett stayed at the Maplehurst Inn, a Bed & Breakfast in Knoxville.  
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Mike and Barrett really roughed it the first night.  
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Not a bad place to stay.  
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Knoxville has some really beautiful spots.  
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The Tennessee River runs right through downtown Knoxville.  
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Soaring is popular in the mountains of Tennessee, where the slopes can allow for day-long flights over hundreds of miles.  
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Biplanes and grass strips go together well.  
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The airport dog makes sure that all is well with the runway.  
   
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Mike and Barrett stopped to check out a Sprint-car race.  
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Believe it or not, this $60,000 engine will be replaced after the race.  
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The chassis only lasts for a dozen or so races.  
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Racing under the lights.  
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We continue our journey towards Wisconsin.  
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The fledgling Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum is located at the Poplar Grove Airport in Illinois (C77). The museum has Corbin Baby Ace S/N 1.  
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This Fleet Bipe has a Kinner radial on the front.  
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Mike goes for a ride in a J-3.  
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A nice-looking 1944 Grumman Widgeon taxies by.  
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Mike brings the Yellowbird in for a safe arrival at Oshkosh. (If you look closely in the mirror, you can see 932 planes following them in.)  
   

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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