AirVenture 2015, Jetwhine AND a Free Lunch?

By Robert Mark on July 13th, 2015

Here’s Tom Poberezny scooting around AirVenture in Red One VW that his dad Paul made famous decades ago.

Ed Note: We’ve had such a great response to the story that I’m sad to say we’ve run out of slots for lunch. Do send along an e-mail if you’d still like to connect at AirVenture to grab some Jetwhine/Airplane Geeks buttons.


Long before Jetwhine and the Airplane Geeks Show, there was the EAA Convention and Fly-In, first organized in 1953 founded by Paul Poberezny and a few other dedicated aviators. AirVenture in Oshkosh has been an annual celebration of things that fly ever since.

The convention was the first airshow I ever attended as a kid back in 1965 when it was simply known around Chicagoland as the Rockford Fly-In, held at Rockford Airport (KRFD) west of Chicago Back then, the show wasn’t the nation’s largest airshow as it’s become today.

That was 50 years ago this summer for me and it still seems like just a few years ago that someone let me lose on the airport with a pair of orange paddles and showed me how to guide the airplanes to parking in the grass at RFD. Each night I’d arrive home exhausted with a brain exploding with enthusiasm and a thousand ideas of where I’d eventually fit as a grown-up. So much for history.

A Little Camaraderie?

Despite the woes of our industry, what makes AirVenture valuable to anyone with even the remotest interest in anything that flies are the people you’ll meet … somewhere between 500,000-600,000 attend each year. The variety of new and old aircraft, not to mention thousands of unique add-on products are cool, but it’s the people I see again each year, as well as the new ones I meet that keep me coming back.

Jetwhine buttonThis is the first time in years I’m not totally committed to being everywhere at once on the show grounds with customers, so, in honor of also admitting I’ve reached the rank of senior aviation communicator, I’d like to invite any of you to a free lunch sponsored by on either Monday or Friday of the show. Our editor Scott Spangler will join us too, so come on out and let’s schmooze about things that fly or whatever’s on your mind. We’ll have plenty of Jetwhine and Airplane Geeks buttons for everyone.

Since I’m working at the EAA Radio station each day until noon (co-hosting the Attitude Adjustment Show with Amy Laboda), we’ll meet at the media building just north of the tower about 12:15.

But here’s the catch … we’re limited to six people for lunch on Monday July 20 and six on Friday July 24. So if you’d like to join us for food and good old aviation conversation think fish stories but with airplanes), e-mail me ASAP at or send a text to 1-847-644-1575.

This is your chance to make a few new friends that just might keep you coming back to AirVenture each year too.

We’re looking forward to meeting you.

Rob & Scott

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4 Responses to “AirVenture 2015, Jetwhine AND a Free Lunch?”

  1. Tim Cannady Says:

    Is this the same Rob Mark that was a controller at Meigs Field in the late 70,s earlier 80,s?

  2. Robert Mark Says:

    Good heavens … a name from my past … yikes!

  3. dtew Says:

    whats the menu
    fly for food

  4. Tim Cannady Says:

    I will be at osh from sat till sun.
    Text me at 817.637.5947 if you have any spare time

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