Monday, July 27, 2009

EAA Airventure 2009 - Ground Displays

( EAA Website Photo)
As usual, Bob outdid himself taking 1,702 pictures this year! Am I having fun sorting them out???

The dramatic photos are in the air - so these are but a few representative pictures of what we see on the ground.

Attendance this year exceeds all expectation. 578,000 attendees are here, more than 10,000 airplanes are on the ground, 2,652 show planes includes 1,023 home-builts, 355 warbirds, 116 ultralights, 99 seaplanes, 35 aerobatic aircraft and 16 rotocraft.

2,182 visitors from over 75 countries are present, and Bob and I have never seen the campground this full. According to the EAA website, more than 41,000 of us are camping at Camp Scholler - wow!

Since all the statistics are on the EAA official website, I'll continue with our pictures. The sign on the tower refers to Wittman Field during the EAA Airventure show. For this week, the tower really is the busiest tower in the world - and every controller is a volunteer!

Here are more pictures of great airplanes:

Thought I'd sneak in a really snazzy plane - can't let you become bored!

The Virgin Galactic takes Space Ship One up to altitude. It is an enormous plane, with Space Ship One fitting in the center. An amazing feat of technology by private interests.

Old friends and new: from L to R, Dale Johnson, Stacey Thomas, son Clayton, Dave Thomas, and Randy Winters, all visiting from Indiana. We met Dave in the early nineties when we first came to Oshkosh in our old motorhome, the "Tub."

This is the brand new Airbus, capable of carrying over 700 passengers. This is Airbus's first visit to Oshkosh, and the lines to go abroad were over 4 hours long - we opted out.

Bob liked this business jet, the personal plane of Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, one of many on display.

Jerry's One Man Band performs each year.

Bob's cousin Charles Anthony and his companion Lucy drive up from Brooklyn, WI to visit with us for a day. Chuck is celebrating his 80th birthday in about 1 week.

Popeye parked in Camp Scholler.

Our friend Brooks Erdman camped near us again this year. It's always great meeting friends and enjoying their company. What a great time we all had.

For further information: EAA Airventure

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