Oshkosh: 60 years
This year marks 60 years of Airventure. Wow 60 years of the greatest airshow in the country. Of the 60 years, I have been to 7 or 8 of them. I envy those that have been going year after year.
10 years ago I made it to my first Airventure and there was no turning back. Since then whenever I could, I have made it to Oshkosh. Each year has been even better than the previous.
I still remember the first time I was there in 2002. It was the 50th anniversary of Airventure. I rushed from Seminar to workshop to flight line to air show. Devouring all I could in the time I had. These days I am more relaxed. The last few times I don’t think I caught a seminar or workshop unless it was a talk by Rutan or something too important to miss.
There is always too much to do and too little time. But each visit we faithfully visit the flight line to see the aircraft display, the ultra-light area, the seaplane base, all the airshows while we are there, the night air show and all Rutan presentations. It is a time to rejuvenate and be inspired.
I am yet to do the 5k run. I almost made it to the balloon launch last year although strong winds prevented the launch. I already took a ride in Breezy and the Ford Tri-motor. I might have missed the ultralight ride but being a pilot I worry less about that.
If there are three things still on my bucket list they are:
3. Be a volunteer at Airventure
2. Spend a whole week in Oshkosh during Airventure
1. Fly-in to Oshkosh for Airventure in my own aircraft.
What’s on your bucket list? Drop me a line…