Aviation

The Beginning of Oshkosh

This whole past week Dad, myself and two of our good friends Kevin Dobler, Scott Foster and Kevin Crosier have been out at Oshkosh enjoying the wonderful planes and the interesting people that were at the Air Show. This was the first time that i have ever gone to Oshkosh so I was very excited. The trip actually began months before the event started, with all the planning, prep, getting inquiries out. It was a lot of work beforehand but it was all worth it in order to have one really great trip.

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The rest of the guys have been to Osh before so we were basically going off of their knowledge and experience from last year. They all agreed that the best way to experience Oshkosh is from camping underneath a wing. So that’s what we did. Dad and I flew to Wichita which is where Kevin lives and from there we flew to Oshkosh. Saturday morning we took off in a Cessna 206 from the flight club and the four of us headed to Wisconsin. The other Kevin was flying his bonanza over to Osh so we met up with him later. This was also the first time that i had ever been to Kansas or had flown over that part of the country to Wisconsin. It’s a very different feeling flying in a small plane over the landscape then being in a big airliner. It was great to see the are but boy was it flat. Sadly the one part that stood out the most was the Missouri River seeing how it was flooded, and the banks were well over the standard level.

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Oshkosh was even bigger than i thought it was going to be. When we flew over the airfield getting our instructions to land it was easy to see the rows of planes, the camping area, the exhibitor area and the row of army vehicles on the east side. It was one big ass place. We landed and headed over to the campsite which we big time lucked out in. We ended being the first in a row that was closest to the bathrooms. It was nice because all the power sockets were right there which was great for when we got back at night and had to recharge phones and upload images. We all setup under the wings, trying to keep the rows clear so that planes can come and go. It was kind of amazing to know that anyone could leave whenever they wanted, weather permitting of course.

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Flying in was a lot of fun but the true reason we came was to work with the planes and that was just what we were going to do the next day.

Images captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 24-70, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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