30
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EAA Airventure 2009

Oshkosh, Wisconsin

I had planned on two days in Oshkosh, which meant I had a pretty quick learning curve to be able to bring you some of these pictures.  I’ve never been to an air show, so I had no idea the types of things I would see, stunts pilots would try or the sheer number of people I would be confronted with.  Obstacles and lack of understanding aside, I have some really nice pictures to share, including parachutists, death defying stunts, impressive fly-ins, incredible fly-bys, and a whole lot of airplanes.

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Since I went on Tuesday and Wednesday, I’m certain the crowds were thinner than on the weekend.  Typically, whenever you neared a unique attraction, like this vintage World War II era British Avro Lancaster, the crowds thickened.  This is a beautifully kept machine and for five bucks you could climb the ladder beneath the nose and take an inside tour of the plane.  As far as I was concerned, the British had already satisfied my price of admission because this is a very rare machine.  However the Brits weren’t done trying to please my need for historical aircraft.

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This is an extremely rare P-40 Kittyhawk.  Sold to the British as part of Lend-Lease during World War II, P-40 Kittyhawks and Tomahawks helped keep the British in the fight against Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

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The primary British fighter at the beginning of World War II, the Hawker Hurricane.

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Hurricanes eventually gave way to an air superiority fighter that maintains legendary status to this day.

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The Supermarine Spitfire.

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So, as you can see, EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with tens of thousands of people present and thousands of aircraft to look at, attracts the very finest examples of aircraft from vintage warplanes to modern jets.  I’ll be posting more over the next few days.  I hope you enjoy seeing these pictures as much as I did seeing these aircraft.

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2 Responses to “EAA Airventure 2009”


  1. 1 Angela Gagnon
    August 11, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Just a correction… The Lancaster is owned by the Warplane Heritage Museum, in Hamilton Ontario, Canada.

    The Kittyhawk, Hurricane (She’s the only existing Mark 4 out there), and Spitfire (which is a Mark XVI) all belong to Vintage wings of Canada, out of Gatineau Quebec. Whom I happen to be employed by as a Maintainer. The P-40 is one of my responsibilities.

  2. 2 Randy Roberts
    August 12, 2009 at 4:29 am

    British built is what I meant — I had heard the planes had been brought down from Canada and I did not intend any slight at all. The show costs about forty bucks a day to get in and as I told and retold the stories to my friends, afterwards, seeing the Lancaster was worth price of admission by itself. You folks have some beautiful aircraft. Thank you for bringing them down.

    And as for that Kittyhawk — I didn’t know anyone had any.

    Thanks again,

    Randy


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