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appulluk
07-27-2006, 10:30 PM
I went with my best friend's little brother, we're pretty much like brothers ourselves. Here's pics and a couple small video clips:

http://www.phaitaccompli.com/****/eaa2006/

*Replace the *'s in URL with the word "c.r.a.p." without periods. Funny it's censored, it's just a folder I toss stuff in http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

You may have to play the clips twice. I've noticed in the first play you see black for 3/4 of it, then you see video. If you replay it, you see everything.... could just be my system.

Just got back from the Airventure at EAA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin - about 25 minutes from where I live. Fore more information checkout:

http://www.airventure.org

Tons of planes, tons. From sports, recreation, fighter jets, WW1, WW2. They even (I believe debuted at EAA) two F-22 fighter jet flyovers doing demonstrations for about 10, 15 minutes. Seeing those jets almost stop dead in their tracks and flip around with thrust vectoring was cool. But what was cooler was hearing, feeling and seeing them zoom past and over us - the jet engines were very loud - although really not unbearably (for me, anyway). It was great to see a jet that I've admired for so long.

In addition, you could walk around to the many, many aircraft on the grounds. The Air Force was on hand with a few F-16's you could walk right up to and touch, or climb a ladder and look into the cockpit. There was also an A-10 warthog, F-4 Phantom and some partial planes where just the cockpit was cut out for presentation and so people could actually take a seat. These were one of the 2-seater F/A-18 Blue Angels (rather gutted out cockpit, the outside was used for $10 photo) and an F-100 anyone could leisurely hop in - with a nice, pretty full cockpit. I couldn't believe how cramped these planes are, I always thought they'd be a little more open. The size of some of the fighters and especially the bombers was pretty astonishing, especially that B-1 - what a monster.

We toured a B-17 by squeezing along it's cabin and fuselage - this plane is smaller than I thought and I couldn't imagine having to be 30,000 feet in the air with a moderately sized crew... amazing and in great condition - not the only B-17 there, either.

The highlights for me at first were seeing the P-51 Mustangs, my favorite warbird, and what I think was Bud Anderson himself (WW2 ace pilot) standing in his Old Crow plane while it was being towed. I really had to meet Chuck Yeager (if you don't know the guy, check Wikipedia and learn, son!) -- unfortunately he wasn't available this day of the week for any public presentations, and was only doing a VIP dinner. I know Saturday he'll be more out and about to greet the audience but I only had (free) tickets for Wednesday & Thursday, and only went today.

So, I didn't get to accomplish a wish of meeting a hero, but all in all it was pretty fun and much, much to see - I hadn't been there since I was 8. I am definitely returning for a week long jaunt next year - and hopefully able to catch Yeager.

appulluk
07-27-2006, 10:30 PM
I went with my best friend's little brother, we're pretty much like brothers ourselves. Here's pics and a couple small video clips:

http://www.phaitaccompli.com/****/eaa2006/

*Replace the *'s in URL with the word "c.r.a.p." without periods. Funny it's censored, it's just a folder I toss stuff in http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

You may have to play the clips twice. I've noticed in the first play you see black for 3/4 of it, then you see video. If you replay it, you see everything.... could just be my system.

Just got back from the Airventure at EAA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin - about 25 minutes from where I live. Fore more information checkout:

http://www.airventure.org

Tons of planes, tons. From sports, recreation, fighter jets, WW1, WW2. They even (I believe debuted at EAA) two F-22 fighter jet flyovers doing demonstrations for about 10, 15 minutes. Seeing those jets almost stop dead in their tracks and flip around with thrust vectoring was cool. But what was cooler was hearing, feeling and seeing them zoom past and over us - the jet engines were very loud - although really not unbearably (for me, anyway). It was great to see a jet that I've admired for so long.

In addition, you could walk around to the many, many aircraft on the grounds. The Air Force was on hand with a few F-16's you could walk right up to and touch, or climb a ladder and look into the cockpit. There was also an A-10 warthog, F-4 Phantom and some partial planes where just the cockpit was cut out for presentation and so people could actually take a seat. These were one of the 2-seater F/A-18 Blue Angels (rather gutted out cockpit, the outside was used for $10 photo) and an F-100 anyone could leisurely hop in - with a nice, pretty full cockpit. I couldn't believe how cramped these planes are, I always thought they'd be a little more open. The size of some of the fighters and especially the bombers was pretty astonishing, especially that B-1 - what a monster.

We toured a B-17 by squeezing along it's cabin and fuselage - this plane is smaller than I thought and I couldn't imagine having to be 30,000 feet in the air with a moderately sized crew... amazing and in great condition - not the only B-17 there, either.

The highlights for me at first were seeing the P-51 Mustangs, my favorite warbird, and what I think was Bud Anderson himself (WW2 ace pilot) standing in his Old Crow plane while it was being towed. I really had to meet Chuck Yeager (if you don't know the guy, check Wikipedia and learn, son!) -- unfortunately he wasn't available this day of the week for any public presentations, and was only doing a VIP dinner. I know Saturday he'll be more out and about to greet the audience but I only had (free) tickets for Wednesday & Thursday, and only went today.

So, I didn't get to accomplish a wish of meeting a hero, but all in all it was pretty fun and much, much to see - I hadn't been there since I was 8. I am definitely returning for a week long jaunt next year - and hopefully able to catch Yeager.

cmw1980
07-28-2006, 04:49 AM
cool pics! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

XyZspineZyX
07-28-2006, 07:11 AM
The Mustang in your pics is a T-51, not a P-51.

The difference?

The T-51 is a 1/2 scale kit plane powered by a Rotax 912S.