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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“Keep ’em Flying!”

“Keep ’em Flying!”

  One of the historical aircraft at the recent Asheboro Fly-In was a 1945 North American SNJ-6 owned by South Carolinian Barry Avent, and flown to this event by US Airways pilot James Zazas. SNJ was the Navy designation, while the Army Air Corps referred to it as the AT-6 (for Advanced Trainer). According to Zazas, “The SNJ and AT-6 were excellent lead-in aircraft to the high-performance, propeller-driven fighters of the day, including the F4U/FG-1 Corsair, F6F Hellcat, P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt, P-51 Mustang and others. The SNJ/AT-6 cockpit was set-up very close to the fighters of the day, and its flying characteristics emulated those aircraft, albeit with less performance and cost.” He continued, “This SNJ-6 was built at the North American...

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NC Aviation Museum/Asheboro Regional Airport Fly-In June 9, 2012 Pictures

NC Aviation Museum/Asheboro Regional Airport Fly-In June 9, 2012 Pictures

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