Oshkosh 2009

On 24 August Norm Jones and I headed out for the annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly in and convention at Oshkosh Wisconsin.  This years trip would incorporate a visit to Rich Carlstadt's shop in Green Bay http://neme-s.org/Rich_Carlstadt_2009/rich_carlstadt.htm , a trip to Cedar Creek Michigan to ride on the White Creek RR and a stop at the Tod Foundation in Youngstown, Ohio to view progress on the building of the museum around the great Tod engine.

Added 13 August 2009:  Photos from Norm Jones

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DSC06638.jpg (114937 bytes)  DSC06639.jpg (102515 bytes)  These new sculptures mark the main entrance to the airshow.     

Airbus 380 arriving at Oshkosh

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DSC06602.jpg (192056 bytes)  A place to sit and rest for a few moments has always been in short supply on the airport.  These cast concrete benches are being donated to the EAA.  100 were in place for this year's show with more to come.

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DSC06608.jpg (137815 bytes)  DSC06609.jpg (132571 bytes)  DSC06610.jpg (115197 bytes)  DSC06611.jpg (117312 bytes)  a. DSC06612.jpg (164746 bytes)  b. DSC06628.jpg (130310 bytes)  DSC06629.jpg (91705 bytes)  DSC06630.jpg (120296 bytes)  Formerly the Sikorsky Sky Crane now the Erickson Air Crane.  Considered one of the best aerial fire fighters.  Photo a is the left side water pickup and is used when hovering,  the suction pump can fill the 2000 gallon tank in less than a minute.  Photos b is the right side ram pick up and is used whe the aircraft is moving forward.  Again the tank can be filled in less than a minute.  

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White Knight 2 arriving at Oshkosh

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  Riding through Camp Scholler  Part 1 (Please ignore the first few seconds of the video)   

   Riding through Camp Scholler  Part 2

DSC06658.jpg (170150 bytes)  DSC06659.jpg (153296 bytes)  No trip to Oshkosh is complete without a photo or two of Roy Bear, Eddie Moose and Roy's cousin Dr. Annie of Marysville Ohio.

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