July 27th, 2017- We enjoyed our time with Bill and Colleen and what a trip we had in Osh Kosh. It is one I will always remember and I am thankful for their invite as Tony and I would never have gone without an invitation. Here are professional pics from the show. Click here
We had a beautiful morning to depart from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. Several planes were parked in front of us and they had to use the tug to pull them out.
We saw a potpourri of weather today which included blue skies, white layers of clouds, light rime icing and overcast skies back home. I saw how boots on the front edge of the wing are inflated and the ice breaks away. Pretty cool!
July 26th, 2017 -We had a great last day on the grounds at Osh Kosh. Colleen and I joined the Women Venture at Boeing Plaza for the HUGE picture and the blue shirts they gave us. We were crammed like sardines. Tony would never been in a picture like that- too many people in one place. =)
Met up with Peggy and Jim Dall who are here from Roanoke. I looked up and she was standing in front of us after the picture. We took time to get a 99's pic!
During the rainstorm we went into one of the buildings and visited the Virginia is for Flying Lovers booth. The owner of the Martinsville, VA airport was there and we started chatting. Told him I have a student coming up from Smith Mountain lake and he said you are teaching Tom. Unexpected surprises!
We spent the day at the Aviator's Circle tent and had breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking to the tent we saw Tony, Daryl and Ryan walking towards us. Daryl is one of the people who got me into flying! I wouldn't even be in Osh Kosh if he had not given me the chance to fly the Piper. Another Virginia buddy!
Bill, Colleen and I had some fun checking out different military planes.
The day airshow had some interesting clouds as cold front passed through. I was like a kid grinning from ear to ear as the Blue Angels did a surprise pass overhead after the anthem. LOVED it! Never seen them before and their show is Friday so we will miss it. So glad we got to see them.
July 25th, 2017 Another great day at Osh Kosh! I thoroughly enjoyed the demonstration of the Doolittle raid in the Pacific Ocean. I never enjoyed history class and a teacher lecturing from the front, but I LOVE learning about history and having the stimulus of so many planes taking off, flying around, bombs exploding and planes landing. Wow! Almost 2 hours of B-25's, 2 B-29's and P-51's circling around in opposite directions to confuse the enemy. Tony even said sensory overload. It was amazing!
The aerobatics here are insane!
July 24th,2017 There are so many people, booths, planes and miles to walk around Osh Kosh. Bigger than I could have imagined.
We started at the EAA Museum today and then we caught a shuttle over to the main venue.
Colleen and I found the 99's booth! They had the 99's magazine that had my picture on it from the Amelia Earhart scholarship. That was pretty wild seeing my own picture on the front page.
I LOVE the cool temps here! 76 was the high and low humidity. I want to bring this back to Virginia. Tony asked me if I was going on a safari. I don't care what I look like because I didn't want to get fried like so many folks walking around here with sunburns.
Went to my 1st airshow today and it was crazy!! The aerobatics they do with some of those planes is insane. I like straight and level flight. Fun to watch, but not for me.
We saw the powered parachutes land last night and the STOL (Short takeoffs and landing) demo. They use very little of grass runway. We closed the night with a hot air balloon night glow. Pretty cool.
July 23rd, 2017- What an opportunity of a lifetime! Tony and I are thankful for Bill and Colleen inviting us to Osh Kosh. There are more planes here than I have seen my entire life! We sliced through storms on our way up in a Cessna 414and it was my 1st time flying at 16,000' in a pressurized small airplane. I got to fly right seat and smiled the entire way. Lake Michigan is HUGE!