I shot the following video moments after I took cover from the storm on Thursday afternoon at AirVenture. I was standing under the covered patio on the east side of the Homebuilders Headquarters building trying to keep from blowing away. The two closest aircraft you see are Mike Finney’s homebuilt, clipped wing Cub and Mark Gilmore’s homebuilt Marquart Charger. Mike’s Cub was awarded Reserve Grand Champion Plans Built two days later at AirVenture and Mark’s Marquart Charger won Grand Champion plans-built aircraft at AirVenture 2009.
It was pretty intense, even watching it all happen from a semi-protected location. Mike and Sherry were out there doing everything they could to protect their beautiful Cub and got unbelievably pelted by the rain. It must have felt like needles to them. The third person you see helping them is Shona Hirota who flew her Glasair from Vancouver, BC. While the rest of us were trying to find the best under-roof spot to ride it out, she bolted out from underneath and rushed to help. There are amazing people among us!! Thanks Shona for doing what the rest of us should have.