Journey to (Aviation) Mecca


Enough of this Boulder business, I'm goin' to Oshkosh! That's right, it's late July and that means it's time for EAA Airventure, the biggest general aviation airshow in the world, and I'm going again. I had originally thought I would be riding with my friends in the Aztec again, but I seem to have moved far away from them. So, I'll be flying commercial to Green Bay and meeting up with John, Rob, Damian & Jill, Bill & son, and Jake tomorrow, and we'll all be driving down to Appleton. From there, we will plan our assault on Oshkosh's Whittman Field while consuming beers. EAA Airventure -- generally known as "Oshkosh" to pilots -- is quite simply the greatest aviation…

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Oshkosh 2003


Well, I'm back. The pilgrimage has been completed. I have gone to Oshkosh. I've been to aviation's Mecca, and the simplest way to summarize the experience is this: Holy Shit. If you've never been to a local airshow you have absolutely no friggin' idea what Oshhosh is like. Even if you HAVE been to a local airshow, you have no friggin' idea what OSH is all about. Airventure, as the EAA prefers to call this spectacle, is an annual event held at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It started over fifty years ago, when the EAA decided to host a “fly-in”, at their headquarters’ home airport, just a gathering of pilots flying in with their home…

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