My next book will be out in September 2020! It’s called Unforgotten in the Gulf of Tonkin: A Story of the U.S. Military’s Commitment to Leave No One Behind. Like Propeller, it weaves together two stories: the thrilling rescue of Navy pilot Willie Sharp after he ejected from his F-8 after being hit over North Vietnam, and the history of combat search and rescue. The book is available for pre-order at Potomac Books, Amazon, and other bookstores.
Numerous Ebneter family members took a trip to Oshkosh in April to witness the reunion of Arnold with the E-1 now on display in the EAA Museum. Many thanks to Chris Henry for hosting us and for writing a very nice article about my dad and his airplane! Click here for “The Cross Country of a Lifetime.”
We all had a great tour of the museum, followed by lunch at Friar Tuck’s nearby, where we had enough food to feed a small army. If you’ve never been to Friar Tuck’s, be sure to stop by on you next trip to Oshkosh!
I’ve been remiss in posting this exciting news! The E-1 is now on display at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh. I haven’t actually seen it in the museum myself yet; these photos were taken by EAA staffer Timm Bogenhagen. Thank you Timm!
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.
The E-1 is supposed to be on display during AirVenture this coming week! I’m not exactly sure where, but usually some of the aircraft not yet on display in the museum are towed to a grassy area behind the museum so people can see them during AirVenture. Arnold is planning to be there on Wednesday, along with my older sister, Maureen. I don’t arrive until Thursday, but once I find the E-1, I’ll be sure to post a picture! I’m hoping it will be on display with Ed Lesher’s Teal, which held the C-1a distance record from 1975 until 1984, when Gary Hertzler set the record that Arnold then broke in 2010.
Also, I’m going to give two presentations and will be signing books during AirVenture. The first presentation is on The Propeller under the Bed and will be at the museum on Thursday, July 26, 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm. It’s titled Homebuilts: Not the Usual Suspects and I’ll be signing books afterwards.
The second presentation will be 10:00 am to 11:15 am on Friday, July 27, at Forum Stage 3. It’s titled F-100 & F-8: The Forgotten Fighters. The material in this presentation is based on some research that Maureen has done on the F-100, along with some of my F-100 articles and an article I wrote on the F-8 a couple of years ago.
I’ll also be signing books 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm on Friday at the Sky Shoppe Authors Corner and again at 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm on Saturday, July 28, at the Wearhouse Authors Corner.
I hope to see some of you there!
My Decathlon is broken so I was going to try to fly in a rented Decathlon today in Leesburg, Virginia, but it was too windy. I guess I’ll have to settle for a picture of a Decathlon (the picture below is actually my older airplane; I often regret selling it, but I know the new owner is taking good care of it). Bummer! But the cancellation gives me some time to work on my long-neglected website.
Many thanks to EAA for a nice call-out about The Propeller under the Bed in their eHotline last week: Click here to read the short article.
I’m excited to be the speaker at the annual meeting of the Oregon Aviation Historical Society in Cottage Grove, Oregon next Saturday (April 14). I have to admit I’m a little nervous about giving a presentation on the history of homebuilt aircraft to a group of folks who know way more than I do about Oregon’s significant contributions to homebuilding!
I’m also going to be giving an interview and book reading to Authors of the Pacific Northwest. I’ll let you know when the podcast gets published and will provide a link to the website.
I will be giving my presentation, “A Brief History of Homebuilt Aircraft,” at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Thursday, July 27, 8:30 a.m. After the presentation, I’ll be signing my book at the Sky Shoppe (EAA will be selling books) until 10:30.
I’ll also be signing books at the Sky Shoppe on Friday, July 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m. and then at the EAA Wearhouse on Saturday, July 29, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
If you have already purchased a book and would like me to sign it, please feel free to bring it to the signing.
I hope to see some of you there!
I just wanted to post a few pictures from the book signing at Harvey Field last weekend (May 6). The weather was great and 50+ people came out; at least a few of them flew in! We sold almost 40 books and Arnold and I gave a short presentation about noon. Everyone ate most of the sandwiches, fruit, and spreads we set out, but there were plenty of chocolates and cookies left over for the hungry flight instructors.
Here’s a few pictures:
Many thanks to all who helped me get this set up: Christi Otness, my sisters Kelly and Maureen, Vladimir Ursachii (who helped with the computers and celebrated forty years of skydiving a few days after the event), and all the Harvey Field employees that helped with every little detail from Facebook announcements to ordering the books for sale.
Propeller now has an official release date: April 13! It can be pre-ordered at Amazon, B&N, etc (if you don’t want to click on the links, just go to the website and type “The Propeller under the Bed” into the search box and it pops right up). Both Amazon and B&N are selling pre-orders at a 20% discount. B&N shows it shipping on March 21, although that might be an error.
If you would like to pre-order with a 30% discount, you can call Hopkins Fulfillment Service at 1-800-537-5487; use discount code WST30.
I just about had a heart attack when I saw it for sale online! I’m starting to feel like a real writer now …
Just a quick update — I’ve been very busy finishing up my manuscript and getting ready for Oshkosh! If the publication schedule stays on track, Propeller will be available in the spring of 2017. The title is now The Propeller Under the Bed: A Personal History of Homebuilt Aircraft.
I’m going to be giving a presentation at Oshkosh, A Brief History of Homebuilt Aircraft, on Thursday, July 28, at 8:30 a.m. in the Homebuilder’s Hangar (near the flightline). The presentation is based on material from the book. If you’re at Oshkosh on Thursday, please stop by!
I have also been in touch with EAA about being part of their Author’s Corner next year. It should be an exciting year!