As always, AirVenture at Oshkosh was amazing! It just keeps getting better every year, with more people, more airplanes, more things to see, and an incredible airshow. The fireworks display at the night airshow on Saturday was the best I’ve ever seen — I didn’t think they were ever going to stop. Both of my presentations were well-attended and I even sold a few books.
The E-1, as promised, was on display on the grass outside the EAA Museum. My older sister Maureen took the photo below of my dad with the E-1 on Wednesday, July 25. I took the other photo the next day; it shows the Lesher Teal lurking behind the E-1. You may recall that Ed Lesher and the Teal held the C1a distance record from 1975 until 1984, when Gary Hertzler set the record in his VariEze that Arnold eventually broke. Gary still has his airplane and flies it regularly.
I also was lucky enough to fly the EAA’s T-6 on Sunday before I left Oshkosh. I flew with EAA’s Sean Elliot and I had a great time doing some introductory maneuvers such as steep turns, lazy-8s, and chandelles. No acro — we didn’t have chutes — but it was still a blast. Here’s a couple of pictures:
Finally, on my drive back to Madison for my flight home the next day, I stopped by Fisk to see the FAA controllers who bring all the traffic into Oshkosh during AirVenture. As you can see from these photos, the set-up at Fisk is a pretty low-tech operation right next to a corn field! The controllers visually spot inbound aircraft and then push them in one direction or another as they fly directly over Fisk. The pilots don’t talk at all, they just listen to what the controllers tell them to do. I flew into Oshkosh once in the mid-1990s and it was both challenging and fun. On Sunday, the last day of the show, things were pretty quiet, although there was a steady stream of airplanes outbound.
And that’s it for Oshkosh for another year! I’m already making plans for next year.