The Oshkosh Airshow takes place in late July ( early August ) . In 2004 from July 27 to Aug 3.
Its emphasis is on Recreational and Experimental aircraft but everything else is there. It is organized by the EAA , Experimental Aircraft Association .
There is a superb museum .
We scheduled two days but only needed one day .
Wrong time of year?
"Wrong time of year?"
The middle of January is probably not the best time of year to visit Osh-Kosh.But friends, a warm coat and spiced rum kept us warm and cozy.
My next trip, however will be in summertime to attend the airshow.
The Unusual, Old or Rare at EAA AirVenture 2008
"PZL WARSZAWA-OKECIE Sa, PZL-104 WILGA (THRUSH) 35A"
This unusual purpose-designed aircraft from Poland may conjure up thoughts the World's largest insect has invaded Oshkosh but no, it is an excellent performing short takeoff and land (STOL) aircraft. The design of the PZL-104 Wilga goes back to its first flight in prototype form in 1962. In 1963 it flew with extensive redesign for its agricultural role as a crop-duster. Over the years it has flown with different engines, and N33ZV has a powerful Ivchenko AI-14R 260 horsepower radial engine. There is a full-span leading edge high-lift slat visible in the photo, large effective flaps, huge balanced rudder and large wing area. The trailing link main landing gear helps its short, soft landings. This is a slow, but very maneuverable aircraft, suitable for patrol, surveillance, parachuting, glider-towing and aerial ambulance in its many versions with excellent payload. The "corrugated" metal fuselage adds strength. The Wilga's appearance is certain to attract attention wherever it operates. This is the only one of its kind I saw at Oshkosh.
"2006 Turbine Legend"
Now for something entirely different-fast forward technology about 50 years to a sleek turbine-powered 724 horsepower speedster, the Experimental class Turbine Legend. Registered N724RX, this aircraft cruises at 320 miles per hour with fully-retractable landing gear. It was built by the pilot who is a B-747 airline pilot flying international routes. Power for this tandem seat aircraft is a Walter M601-D free turbine of 724 shaft horsepower. The plane has a reversible pitch prop so it takes only half of the runway of 2,650 feet or less to land at its home base of Santa Paula, California (mine too!). It was nice seeing a familiar plane arriving at Oshkosh in midweek. The pilot also owns and flies a matching bright yellow Robinson R-44 II Raven helicopter. Rounding out his matching trio is his bright yellow Corvette.
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"BUCKER BU.181 BESTMANN AWARD WINNER"
This is an extremely rare 1949 Bucker BU.181 Bestmann cabin monoplane. One of just two left flying!!! The design first flew in 1939 in Germany for club use and touring. This old friend I have photographed before at my home field Santa Paula, California airport during the Annual National Bucker Reunion. Several different European engines are found in the Bestmann production aircraft, this one has an upgraded Walter LOM of 140 horsepower, or 160 horsepower when the supercharger is turned on. Seating is side by side for two in the fully enclosed cabin. Authentic finish in the livery of Switzerland.
This aircraft won the CLASSIC OUTSTANDING LIMITED PRODUCTION AWARD at EAA AirVenture this year. Registered N92425 as Experimental class (probably because of the engine change), this aircraft based in Georgia, USA really travels.
"1931 WACO QCF BIPLANE"
The 1931 Waco QCF is a three place biplane with seats side by side in the forward cockpit. This model had a new design landing gear and revised wing airfoil gave excellent short field performance. Just 34 were built, all in 1931. The original radial engine was a Continental of 165 horsepower. N11424 has an upgraded later Continental W-670 radial of 220 horsepower. Note the "speed ring" surrounding the engine cylinders, an early attempt before fully enclosed cowls to fair the exposed cylinder heads and valve trains. The vintage speed ring adds charm to this beautifully restored old timer, with a two-tone blue paint finish. Original price Fly-Away-field was $4,985.
"LOW PRODUCTION RAWDON BROTHERS T1 TRAINER"
This 1952 Rawdon T1 two place tandem all-metal trainer aircraft was awarded the CLASSIC 1945-1955 PRESERVATION AWARD this year at EAA AirVenture 2008. I find that just 16 Rawdon T1s are registered with the FAA; this does not necessarily mean they are all flyable. Power is a Lycoming O-320 of 150 horsepower. The Rawdon Brothers Aircraft first produced the T1 in 1938, hoping to get a contract for the Civilian Pilot Training Program. A crop-dusting version was the T1S, identical except for a spray tank and nozzles. A T1SD version put the spray hopper tank in place of the rear cockpit. I was grateful to see and photograph my first Rawdon T1.
"1998 BREEZY RLU-1"
This minimalist fun aircraft is sometimes hard to photograph, as it always draws a crowd. This one was taxiing by at Airventure. Designed by three professional pilots and built by them flying first in 1964, the design was an instant hit among homebuilt aircraft enthusiasts, here and abroad. The Breezy uses a Piper PA-12 fabric covered wing over an uncovered welded steel tube fuselage with braced steel tube tail unit with covering. Seating for three in tandem, pilot ahead with side by side rear seat all in the open. Power is a Continental C90 of 90 horsepower in pusher configuration. Very popular anywhere rides are given, people will ride in a Breezy who are otherwise frightened of airplanes. Just a seat belt to keep you secured-this is 75 mph cruise wind in your face flying at its simplest.
Registered N3AZ, this Breezy design is an Experimental class aircraft with 115 horsepower Lycoming O-235-C1 engine upgrade taxiing past the photographer who was fortunate to get a "grab" shot.
"Fishman ELECTRA FLYER-C, Electric-Powered Aircraft"
EAA AirVenture routinely can be counted upon to showcase all aviation that is new, radical or of cutting-edge technology. Ergo, behold the electric-powered airplane. This is a 2007 Electra Flyer-C powered by an 18 horsepower electric motor. The battery is a 75 volt Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery that weighs 78 pounds. The aircraft is a modified V-tail Moni power sailplane, gross weight just 625 pounds with single pilot. The aircraft takes off under virtually silent power using a lightweight 45 inch propeller. It has a battery-duration range of about 90 to 120 minutes of powered flight. At altitude the power can be shut off for gliding. Its powered top speed is 90 mph with a cruise speed of 70 mph, and landing speed of 50 mph. Stall speed is 45 mph. The battery is good for at least 1,000 recharge cycles, but costs $8,500. Electricity for the recharge cycle costs about sixty cents. Registered N123EL, Experimental class. Randall Fishman of Sebring, Florida developed this electric-powered aircraft, and flew it to Oshkosh. I photographed it showcased at Aeroshell Square.
Recognizing the successful technology, this aircraft won the STAN DZIK MEMORIAL AWARD FOR DESIGN CONTRIBUTION at EAA AirVenture 2008.
"A TYPICAL 1930 BIPLANE"
N718N is a 1930 Spartan C-3-225 biplane, typical of the aircraft design and appearance of the mid-1920s era. Designed in 1926, first built by Mid-Continent Aircraft in 1927, the firm was reorganized as Spartan Aircraft in 1928. Five different radial engines were approved from 120 horsepower to 250 horsepower. N718N bears a 225 horsepower Wright R-760 radial and was manufactured in 1930. The Spartan C-3 was a successful design with several hundred sales that were terminated by the Depression. Cruise speed is 109 miles per hour with a stall speed of 52 mph. Range: 500 miles. The 1930 price Fly-Away-Field was $7,750. Photographed at the EAA Mueum, don't miss this museum if you go to Oshkosh.
Aircraft Scenes at EAA AirVenture 2008
"1947 Goodyear F2G Super Corsair Racer"
This historic restored racing aircraft is the only one of ten F2Gs built still flying. It boasts a 3,850 horsepower Wasp Major "Corncob" radial engine of four banks of seven cylinders each, or 28 cylinders with 56 spark plugs-two per cylinder. This aircraft shown taxiing after landing by pilot/restorer Bob Odegaard required 12,000 hours and two and one-half years to restore. The four blade propeller is fourteen feet in diameter! This aircraft races in the September Reno unlimited races. Please click on the small photos to enlarge them.
"A Rare Dyke Delta Homebuilt Experimental Aircraft"
The EAA is all about homebuilt experimental aircraft which designs have done much to advance aviation and aircraft technology. The Dyke Delta is an old design by John Dyke, an Ohio Aeronautical Engineer; first flight in 1966. Radical when first shown and a crowd-stopper to this day, N18DW is a 1972 Dyke Delta constructed by David Williams. This Dyke Delta is just one of only six in the world still flying, and the only Dyke Delta at AirVenture this year. N18DW won the Paul Poberezney Award for Classic Homebuilt aircraft this year at AirVenture. Paul Poberezney is the Founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association, of which I am a member. N18DW has been re-engined with a larger 210 horsepower engine so is no longer a four place aircraft with full fuel. The aircraft originally had a 180 horsepower, lighter engine. It has a modern flat panel "glass" cockpit panel. It's striking design always gathers a crowd. Photo taken early before the airshow officially started, when I could get clear views without the crowds. Designer John Dyke was inducted into the EAA Hall of Fame this year.
"Alone Across the Atlantic from Israel to Oshkosh!!"
This is the small homebuilt canard composite construction aircraft with prominent winglets that Yair Gil flew solo from Israel 5,000 miles in 47 flying hours over nine flying days to EAA AirVenture 2008 at Oshkosh this year. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean alone from Scotland to Iceland to Greenland to Goose Bay, Labrador in his incredible flight. 4X-OYG is a 1996 COZY Mark 4 that Mr. Gil built over a three year period. It has extra fuel carried where additional passengers would normally be, and a 200 horsepower pusher Lycoming engine with three-blade propeller. This is not the first time that Yair Gil has flown the Atlantic ocean solo. In 1999, he purchased a Piper Navaho production twin-engine aircraft in Pennsylvania and flew it home to Israel alone just for the flight and resold it. This year's trip in 4X-OYG cost him about $22,000 and intensive flight planning to receive all necessary country clearances. Gil is a long-time EAA Member.
The daily airshow opposite runway 18-36 commences at 3:30 each afternoon with an American flag parachutist. Aerobatic stars such as Patty Wagstaff, Julie Clark, Sean Tucker, Corkey Fornof and Mike Goulian in single or coordinated echelon routines wow the spectators.
"Coordinated Echelon Flight with Smoke Trails"
The daily airshow offers coordinated flight of many aircraft types in echelon formations, making graceful precision maneuvers across the sky.
"The cool, tranquil shady EAA Seaplane base."
A welcome respite from the hot sun at Wittman regional airport where EAA AirVenture is held is their seaplane base sited in a tranquil cove of adjacent Lake Winnebago not far south of the big airshow venue. I visited the seaplane base twice seeking some photos and cool shade.
"Actor/pilot John Travolta's Boeing B-707"
Motion picture actor John Travolta is an experienced pilot type-rated in his personal Boeing B-707-138B he flew up to the show from his Florida home. This aircraft dubbed Jett Clipper Ella was formerly operated in commercial passenger service by Qantas Airlines, so is a big draw and personal favorite of the many airshow visitors from Australia. Jett is the name of the Travolta's late son, and Ella is their daughter.
"Biggest Aircraft at EAA AirVenture 2008"
This is a one-of-a-kind huge Boeing B-747-409 "Dreamlifter" converted to carry outsize NASA Space Shuttle parts or other outsize cargo. The entire enlarged fuselage swings open on massive hinges near the rear of the fuselage for loading and unloading. The hinges can be seen in this photo as the two "bumps" on the fuselage's left side just forward of the tail taper. This aircraft flew in and dominated the central AeroShell Square one day at Airshow Center.