Jul 2012 On the Ground at AirVenture
Today I ARRIVED…..at Oshkosh. It must beÂ capitalizedÂ because if you fly into AirVenture, understated words just don’t work. It’s way too awesome, spectacular, scary, intense, and dozens of other unspoken words to describe quickly. Let’s just say I have the ultimate respect for every single pilot that plots their course and flies their aircraft to AirVenture. I flew solo but decided to fly along with a couple of friends in a 601 who had weather on-board.
It was an unexpected treat to see the MetLife blimp at my airport this morning, seeing us off on departure.
Dave, Dennis and I spent quite a bit of time on 122.75 heading northwest and even though I hung back in the 5:00 position much of the time, I had to occasionally pull up, give ’em a little show and let them see what a Rans S7 can do!
Can’t wait to see the video they shot! Actually, my climb rate blows the 601 out of the water but things evened out in the air. Initially I thought I’d be running circles around them but in the end we were more or less keeping pace. I need to find out what kind of power setting they were running – show off …. or business as usual?
So what’s happening at Oshkosh on Sunday, the day before AirVenture actually begins? Plenty! People have been here for who knows how long getting things set up for all of us to start pouring in on Saturday and Sunday.
I wouldn’t exactly call it a “crowd” yet, but with a constant stream of aircraft arriving all day, the registration buildings were jammed packed.
Maybe they just haven’t worked an appetite up yet.
I hung around my airplane so long talking with everybody that wondered by that the only area I saw was Homebuilts.
If you think you see a theme here, you’re right – it’s Yellow. Seems like everything I snapped pictures of was yellow and the only reason I can come up with is, it must be in honor of the 75th anniversary of the J3 Cub. Sadly, the mass arrival of all the Cubs happened before I arrived but maybe they’ll have a fly-by this week I can see?
Thanks for checking out LadiesLoveTaildraggers. Tomorrow’s forecast is for a steamy 97 degrees with lots more aircraft expected to arrive – Â we can all melt together! Wish us luck with the heat and check back tomorrow for an update. And someone please tell me, why do I have a dorm room on the 6th floor at the U of W – with no air conditioning?!!