For the decade I’ve lived just outside of Oshkosh, my favorite excursion of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh always takes place on Day 0. Otherwise known as setup up day, this year was little different, all because of the weather.
To say we’ve had a little rain is an understatement. In just July more than 10 inches has fallen, breaking a record set in 1912. Water has always been a problem during the 30-plus years I’ve been tramping around the grounds, but the subterranean system EAA installed in and around the exhibit areas worked great!
That doesn’t help the outlying areas where 10,000 airplanes park and campers numbering into five figures live for the week. The mass arrivals of Cessna, Bonanzas, Mooneys, and Cherokees didn’t happen, and the North 40 was barren on Day 0, aside from a few campers on the high ground at the west end.
But the sun was out all day, and EAA was doing its best to dry things out, so why don’t you take a (silent) walk with me…and end up at the Sonex Aircraft open house for a look at the Hornet’s Nest updates on the SubSonex jet, now a three-wheeler, and the single-seat Sonex, the Onex. If you’d like to take a photographic stroll with me, click more…
Beware of the Canada Geese! With few neighbors in vintage camping, all should be safe for a while.
Out of the frame, the small pickup is stuck in the mud. On flipped-up back window of its shell is "OSH or Bust!" Neighbors from the next campsite helped the couple wrestle their popup camper into position.
The AirVenture flight lines and aircraft camping areas were mostly empty. I found the flying machines and their campers set up in every nook, cranny, and open space around Wittman Regional Airport’s two FBOs, Basler and Orion.
Attending my inaugural Sonex Aircraft Open House, I had no reference for a good turnout. But there were a number of well-built airplanes and a bunch of happy people there!
A new three-wheeler, the SubSonex jet will soon be ready to resume its flight test program.
The prototype Onex, a single-seat Sonex, is approaching its first flight. Peeking in the cockpit, it seems that I might fit, which is something designer John Monnett promised. After AirVenture, I’ll have to stop by for a fitting.
PS: Technology is sometimes grand, sometimes it’s like wallowing in the mug. This post was supposed to be up Monday morning, with a nice slide show. That didn’t work, nor did the video conversion of the slideshow. After our inability to solve the problem, we punted. But not trying something new was something we never considered. –Scott Spangler