Go to Country USA if you like...
Go to Country USA if you like Country music! Go to Lifest you you like Christian music! Go to the EAA if you like airplane stuff! Go to the Great Outdoors Ducks Unlimited thing if you like hunting, fishing, or just want to learn something about either of them! My best memory was from Lifest. I was going to go camping in Wild Rose but all the campsites were taken up at our camp (we were too stupid to call for one in advance! lol). I wanted to go to Lifest SOOO bad this year, and said that I'd rather go camping than go to it. Well, I was basically crying on our way back to our house and my mom and aunt felt bad and sent me off to Lifest for a day. I got to see the Plus One concert and get my t-shirt signed by them after it!!! YAY!
Be Careful on the Ice
"Winter time woos"
If your coming to Oshkosh to visit scenic Lake Winnebago in the Winter, please be careful on the ice. As of right now, it is unsafe for vehicles, and unsafe in some spots for people to walk. I live a block away from the lake. Conditions have not improved too much. I suspect it will get alot better after this weather chill advisory is finished. Oh yeah, be careful if you are near the mouth of the Fox River. People fall in all the time over there, snowmobilers get lost and end up going down and into the river.
Amphibians Older & Newer At EAA AirVenture 2008
"1930 Sikorsky S-39-C"
This restored whimsical animal hide-print finished exceedingly rare old amphibian won the top Seaplane Award at EAA AirVenture 2008, the GOLD LINDY GRAND CHAMPION Award. A low production development of the nine seat commercial twin engine Sikorsky S-38 amphibian, the five seat single engine S-39 targeted the sportsman pilot of the era, the great economic Depression. The rarity and superb restored condition of this aircraft has no established book value, and the market price if offered for sale might be considered like that precious element Unobtainium. Powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior R-985 0f 450 horsepower. The three wheels retract for water landings. Look closely to see the fixed wing sponsons (floats) that stabilize it laterally on the water. Registered as N50V, I photographed this intriguing aircraft a day before EAA AirVenture 2008 officially started to avoid the inevitable crowds and get a clear photo.
Sikorsky is better known today for large commercial and military helicopters. The late founder Igor Sikorsky is considered the inventor of the first successful helicopter. I have ridden in numerous types of Sikorsky military helicopters, and the US Navy pilots swear by the Sikorsky auto-stabilization system, which can keep the helicopter at a fixed distance above the water, important in anti-submarine warfare sonar operations.
"1955 DeHavilland DHC-2 Mk.1 (L20A) Turbo BEAVER"
This 1955 DeHavilland DHC-2 Mk.1 Beaver has undergone a complete rebuild and restoration by Wipaire converting it to a turbo Beaver with a Pratt & Whitney of Canada PT6A turboprop upgrade. I believe the horsepower is now 675 from the original piston 450. Wipaire's sister company Wipline supplied the amphibious floats. The L20A sub-designation means this aircraft was once a liaison aircraft serving the US military. Tricked out in a wild patriotic paint job, this is Wipaire's showplane at the EAA Seaplane base, where it was photographed at anchor. Please click on the small pictures to enlarge them.
"!956 DeHavilland DHC-2 BEAVER"
The DeHavilland Beaver is the second aircraft design of DeHavilland of Canada, and is universally recognized as probably the best bush aircraft on wheels, skis or floats. C-FZEX registered in Canada is a beautiful example with several modifications, notably the extra side larger windows. The Beaver first flew in 1947 as a seven seat light utility transport. The US Army and US Air Force procured 968 Beavers designated U-6A. The British army used them as the Beaver A.L.Mk,1, as well as many other air arms and even commercial airline services. It is best known as an Alaska or Canada bush plane, however. The Beaver is an all-metal tough airplane with a 48 foot wingspan and can haul a large load. I chartered one on floats in August 2007 in Alaska. See my Anchorage page.
C-FZEX, a gorgeous example is powered with a Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior R-985 450 horsepower radial engine, shown on retractible amphibious floats.
"1944 Grumman G-21A GOOSE "Blue Goose""
The first twin engine Grumman amphibian design, the G-21 first flew in 1937 with Pratt & Whitney 420 horsepower radials. Upgrading to the P & W Wasp Junior R-985 450 horsepower radials and gross weight increase resulted in the G-21A , and a pure flying boat model-the G-21B was also introduced.
In World War II the US Army Air Corps used 26 G-21As as OA-9 utility aircraft. The US Navy ordered ten as JRF-1As, ten more as JRF-4s for anti-submarine warfare and 190 as JRF-5s. The US Coast Guard operated ten as JRF-2s and JRF-3s. Canada's RCAF operated 29 and Britain's RAF acquired 56, calling the model Goose. This term is now universally used for all versions of the G-21. Power in the restored N600ZE "Blue Goose" is two Pratt & Whitney R-985-SB2 450 horsepower radials. The short wing sponsons are shown retracted by hinging up to the wing tips while on the ground.
This aircraft N600ZE was awarded the WORLD WAR II CHAMPION BRONZE LINDY AWARD at Oshkosh this year.
"1944 Grumman G-44 WIDGEON"
The four seat commercial design Grumman G-44 Widgeon was first flown in 1940, and first used as a J4F-1 three seat anti-submarine patrol and utility military aircraft. One hundred seventy-six were constructed during World War II. The G-44A was a developed version with modified hull for better water handling. About 50 G-44As were built, with forty built under license in France as the S.C.A.N.30. These forty were later re-engined by Gannett in the USA as G-44A Super Widgeons with 300 horsepower Lycomings, replacing the original 200 horsepower inverted in-line Rangers,
The photographed 1944 G-44 was in military service originally. It has been upgraded to a McKinnon Super Widgeon conversion with engine change to two geared Lycoming 270 horsepower engines replacing the original Rangers. Registered as N744G, I photographed it camped at Wittman Field adjacent to the main Runway 18-36. Note the fixed wing sponsons (floats) on this model.
"1959 SEAWIND EXPRESS Experimental Design"
This amateur homebuilt amphibian registered Experimental Class is unusual in several respects. There are not many experimental amphibian designs and this aircraft has a tractor engine rather than a pusher, tractor meaning here the propeller is in front of the engine. The engine is mounted behind the cabin on a strong pylon from the tail; this is an unusual and arresting design. The fuselage is also a "boat" hull with retractable landing gear allowing landings on conventional airport runways. The gear are retracted, of course, for water landings and after takeoffs.
N123SE is also unusual in having a very high horsepower Lycoming IO-550 engine with a turbocharger. The IO-550 is rated at 300 horsepower; I do not know its higher turbocharged rating. It should be a real high-performer on land or water. I suspect it attracts a great deal of attention wherever it flies. Shown with blue cloth protective canopy cover in place.
"2005 Murphy MOOSE"
The Murphy Moose is a large, rugged all-metal high-powered amphibian bush plane designed for amateur construction. A Canadian design, it is also unusual in that it is powered with an imported VOKBM M14P radial engine of 355 horsepower. Experimental classed, this Moose registered N622D can be equipped with wheels, skis or floats as shown. Building such a large, complex aircraft is quite an undertaking, and not inexpensive so the builders Mssrs. Bowers and Boardman should be commended. Shown unfinished in natural aluminum, which has oxidized to a tough protective coating without paint. N622D was photographed at anchor at the EAA seaplane base.
"2000 Maule M7-260C Amphibian"
This well-kept recent Maule aircraft equipped with amphibious floats is a production airplane manufactured in Moultrie, Georgia USA. The Maule factory has a water lane next to their runway ramp as well as conventional runways on the Moultrie Municipal Airport so amphibious aircraft can be flight tested adjacent to where they build them. Of conventional welded tube and fabric-covered construction, it can also be equipped with wheels or skis. This photograph clearly shows the four retractable wheels built into the amphibious floats, and the water rudders in the up position. Registration is N6459L The engine is a Lycoming IO-540 of 260 horsepower.