Pictures from AirVenture Oshkosh 2012

Pictures from AirVenture Oshkosh 2012

                                                                                             

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The Storm Arrives – AirVenture Begins

The Storm Arrives – AirVenture Begins

  As opening day approached, our days began to fill with errands: a trip to Sam’s Club in Appleton for sliced cheese, pretzels, carrots, celery and butter (actually margarine because we don’t use mayonnaise on the sandwiches since we have to deliver them around the field from coolers and are concerned that the mayonnaise might not hold up.) There were other trips to a large local grocery for potato chips – seventy-five cases of them (two trips actually because we didn’t have the capability of carrying all of them at once. And trips to a nearby cookie plant for cases and cases of various kinds of cookies. Everything had to be in place well beforehand. Although the event didn’t officially open until Monday, July 23, we had to hit the...

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Oshkosh AirVenture – The Calm Before The Storm

Oshkosh AirVenture – The Calm Before The Storm

  I arrived at Wittman Field in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, mid-afternoon on Friday, July thirteenth, for my annual stay at the biggest General Aviation event in the world. This was my fifteenth visit, and my twelfth as a volunteer, just one of thousands of volunteers that make this thing go. I’d left North Carolina pulling the RV on Wednesday, stopping first a bit north of Knoxville. The next day, Thursday, I stopped about an hour west of Indianapolis, and Friday began a final long day up I-65 to Gary, Indiana, then west past Chicago and on up around Milwaukee for the final push into Oshkosh. The traffic around northern Indiana and Illinois was intimidating with almost all four lanes filled with eighteen-wheelers jockeying for space, and stops to pay Illinois...

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Volunteering in the Florida Sun

Volunteering in the Florida Sun

I arrived at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Saturday, March 10, a little over two weeks before the official start of the event. I’ve volunteered every year since 1999 with a group called The Raiders, and I like to have a couple of weeks in Florida after what seems like a much too long winter in North Carolina. It’s an annual ritual to hook up the fifth-wheel travel trailer and set out for Florida every Spring. As I drive the seven-hundred plus miles south, I can watch Spring arrive almost as though I’m traveling forward in time. At home the trees are barren and the grass is brown, and in Florida when I arrive the trees and the grass are green. ================================================== The Raiders have their own designated campground,...

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Sugar Valley Fly-In October 2011

Sugar Valley Fly-In  October 2011

On Saturday, October 8, we drove over to Mocksville, North Carolina (that’s in Davie County, just south of Yadkin County which is a pretty big wine-producing area) to “…the NEW Sugar Valley Airport” for their First Annual Fly-In.   I attend a number of aviation events throughout the year – and volunteer at several of them – and this was one of the best organized, smoothest run small Fly-Ins I’ve been to. First, there was a distinguished gentleman serving as greeter a few hundred feet up the road from where it dead-ends at the airport property who pointed out where to turn in.   There were two more volunteers directing vehicles to parking spots.   We were then pointed to a registration table where we received our “Hello – My Name...

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