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EAA Airventure 2017

Our Week at Oshkosh


This year’s show was possibly one of the best ones yet, and definitely the busiest one we have ever been to. It was full of fun new adventures, and new memories that always make Airventure such an amazing experience. 

New Shepard

Jeff Bezos giving a tour to the Apollo astronauts. (credit: E. Hedman)

To start our week off right, our team went camping by the sea plane base on Saturday night. Lake Winnebago made a spectacular view for the evening, and we got to know our fellow campers and learn their aviation stories in the process. It ended up storming that night, but before the rain hit us we were entertained with a show of cloud-to-cloud lighting that lit up the sky. 

After our camping experience, we traveled to the show grounds and set up our booth in Hangar B in preparation for the week ahead. As we got to know our new booth neighbors, old friends and show veterans stopped by to share their excitement about the show. Afterwards we took a brief walk around the grounds to check out the planes. Needless to say, it was already more packed out than I had ever seen it, with still more planes flying in. The focus of this year’s show was bomber aircraft, and there were definitely some crowd favorites that stood out. “Fi-Fi”, the ever popular B-29, was joined by the newly restored “Doc”. The two looked fantastic flying formation together, and stayed airborne for a good part of the show. Probably one of the most popular birds there was the B1-B Lancer, which commanded Boeing Plaza. Most didn’t realize just how big the Lancer is, and it was just as impressive in the air. Some other noteworthy highlights included the Blue Angels, who always put on a fantastic show, as well as the Commemoration of the Doolittle Raid 75th Anniversary. If you haven’t seen the video that’s gone around of the last Doolittle Raid Veteran, 101-year-old Richard Cole, it is a touching testament as he stands to salute the B-25 Bombers flying in honor of the Doolittle Raiders. I could not find that particular video, but the EAA released a commemorative video on their website that is worth a watch, so be sure to check it out

Jonathan and Brad Hood with the Gold Lindy Award

There were many interesting events throughout the show, but one particular event I stumbled on was the New Shepard Rocket speech made by Jeff Bezos (Founder of Amazon.com) at the Blue Origin Display near Boeing Plaza. As you probably know, a group of the original Apollo astronauts and crew came together for a reunion at this show, including Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11), Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17), Frank Bormann (Apollo 8), Walk Cunningham (Apollo 7), Fred Haise (Apollo 13), Jim Lovell (Apollo 8 and 13), and Al Worden (Apollo 15). (“Buzz at Oshkosh”, buzzaldrin.com) The reunion was set for that day, but what was truly unexpected was Jeff Bezos showing up to give the astronauts and Marvel Comic’s Stan Lee (!!!!) a tour of the Blue Origin simulation pod. I am so thankful I ran into this while I was wandering the grounds, because it was such a rare sight and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Considering I grew up in a city founded on rocket science, I could go on and on about this topic. Instead, I will direct you to a great article titled, “I’ve died and gone to Oshkosh”, by Eric Hedman.

Not only did we see so many great things, but we also were blessed to see so many of our own scheme designs and paint work showcased around the grounds. We had everything from warbirds to homebuilts on display, some of them even taking home awards! Brad Hood’s F4 Rocket, designed  by Plane Schemer and painted at our own facility in Gadsden, AL, took home the Grand Champion-Gold Lindy Award for Kit Built Aircraft. The competition was definitely tough, and we were thankful to be a part of such a great project. For a complete list of the Lindy Award winners, click here

We are so thankful for our customers, and would be nothing without our friends in the aviation community. We look forward to next year’s show, and hope you enjoyed our first event highlight! 

 

Blue Skies,

 


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