I've gone to AirVenture at Oshkosh three times since 2003 and with the recent interest here on Oppo, I thought I'd share some of my memories of my most recent trip.
I drove with my dad from Toronto through Sault Ste Marie along the coast of Lake Michigan. We arrived before the show started and killed some time by going to truck races as recommended by other friendly AirVenture attendees.
It was sweet seeing a Raptor in its natural habitat. Some hilarious characters in the stands too so that was fun.
During the next day we set up chairs near show centre and just watched the planes roll in. Set the scanner to ATC and there's never a dull moment.
The previous trip we talked to some officials and scored vests to work the ramp and walk planes into their spaces. We were probably the closest Canadians to the C5 in a long time! This time we worked the chairs instead.
After the show started, we walked around and looked at some of the more interesting show pieces.
Global Hawk is way larger than I imagined, and those high lift wings are cool.
This is the only civilian owned and operated Harrier flying today, and apparently drinks fuel at 1 US Gal/sec when in hover.
It was the 75th anniversary of the DC-3 so planes flew in from all over the world and was really cool to see the guys from Ice Pilots NWT. They even accepted my Canadian cash for a tshirt. That's me with Buffalo Joe, who has way more gold teeth than TV seems to show. It was even more fun seeing the trip documented on the show months later.
Ford is a big time sponsor of the show and 2010 was the year that the EcoBoost V6 was making waves and they released the redesigned Explorer. Naturally that meant making a spectacle of flying one in on an Erickson Air-Crane, which looks totally ungainly up close.
The rest of the day was spent watching the airshow.
Ford also had a Cobra Jet on display and raced a plane down the runway later on.
It's a pretty amazing show for any aviation enthusiast. There are a lot of repeats if you go every year, but I like visiting every 4 or 5 to see the progression.