August 01, 2006

Awestruck in Oshkosh

The crew and I arrived late Friday morning and were greeted at by a pair of A -10 Thunderbolts burning up the sky over Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh Wisconsin. Living up to its motto as the worlds greatest avaiation celebration we were overwhelmed with the size and scope of all there was to see and do.

We spent the day on the flightline, filled with every type of plane imaginable, while we watched flight demonstrations of aircrafts from homebuilts to the B1 Bomber

The day ended with the daily airshow.

Saturday was a full day of wandering the exibits, the new aircraft of every manufacturer, and admiring the myriad of lovingly restored vintage warbirds. We finished the day with a trip to the EAA museum at Pioneer Field.

What was most impressive, besides how well the show was organized, was the work of the air traffic controllers. From the ground it looked like controlled chaos as the tower managed the hundreds of arrivals and departures at the same time that flight demonstrations and helicopter tours filled the skys.

We are already making plans for next years show and plan to see all that we missed this year.

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