At our regular July meeting Norm Jones asked me if I making my almost annual trek to Oshkosh to visit the Experimental Aircraft convention and air show. I replied that I was and he commented that he had always wanted to go to the event. I said that I had an empty seat in the van and he was welcome to join me if he liked. He jumped on the offer like a dog on a bone! A couple weeks later we set out on our way to Wisconsin. Leaving my house in Preston CT at the traditional "going to Oshkosh" departure time of 6:00 AM we headed west.
Norm proved to be a fine traveling companion and I was delighted to have him with me. The first evening we stayed in Maumee OH, a bit south of Toledo, and drove the rest of the way to Oshkosh the following day. We arrived in the afternoon and set about assembling our tent and gear. My friend Tom from Columbus OH had beat us to the campground and had staked out a spot for us. Near the shower building and more important close to the row of Porta-Johns.
I had done some research on engine shows in the mid-west and on Sunday 22 July we headed up to Rosholt WI, about 60 miles northeast of Oshkosh for the 18th annual Theresheree and Tractor Pull. Thank the Lord for the Magellan GPS device. I don't know if we would ever have found Rosholt without it.
As is almost always the case the folks in Rosholt were welcoming and friendly to two fellows from far away. Norm, who apparently knows EVERYONE in the hobby, met several fellows with whom had acquaintances in common. Not to pat my own back but it was great to hear a number of people say that they were familiar with this web site and enjoyed the time they spent looking through its' pages. Link to the Rosholt show photos Rosholt photos
Please go to the following pages to view the excellent photos that Norm Jones has added to the web site:
Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 There are a LOT of photos and they have been broken into five pages to keep down load time under control.
Setting up camp under the supervision of Roy Bear and Eddie Moose
Any sort of airplane can be seen at OSH.
View of the main drag coming and going. Probably should have waited for an attractive young lady to be passing by!
Saw this very neat homebrew bike in the campground. Two regular bikes tied together with crossbars, the left seat front does the steering with a cross link to the right front wheel.
Very rare photo of the Goodyear blimp in the middle of a roll.
These two young fellows were in tent with their Granddad a few camp lots down from us. Leshawn (with the red shirt) lives in Detroit and his cousin Christian lives elsewhere in MI. Very friendly and polite you gentlemen. Next to them is Roy Bear, Eddie Moose and Roy's cousin Dr. Annie of Marysville OH. Next is my buddy Tom Horch and Leshawn. Next year will mark 30 years since Tom and I met at OSH. Final photo is a friend of Tom's Scott of Bridgeport, CT, Tom Horch, Errol Groff and Norm Jones. Scott and Tom both have Teardrop camp trailers. Tom's is a scratch built unit.
Way cool little roadster in the campground.
This Grizzly is one of the many designs from the genius of Burt Rutan
B-17 Nose art
Air Force C-17
Air Force C-117
Air Force U-2
U.S. Navy Albatross. This plane rode on a launch rail at the stern of a battleship. Launched of the rail it would provide air coverage for the fleet. Upon return it would land in the water next to the ship and be hoisted aboard by crane.
(L) F4U Corsair deck out in air race colors. Next a rare F7G twin fighter.
This air craft was used in the Berlin airlift after the was when the cold was was heating up
B-24 Liberator bomber. The B-24 flew more missions, dropped more tons of bombs than the more popular B-17 Flying Fortress but doesn't get the same glory. Think your gas bill is high? How would you like to put hundreds of gallons of $4.39 gas in your vehicle?
Civilian tilt rotor aircraft
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