Stewart of St. Louis, Missouri, and his Uncle Marty. Photo
by Jack Hodgson
morning well spent wandering around the northern edge of the field.
Stewart has been coming to Oshkosh for six years, and each year he
brings a special guest. This
year itís his Uncle Marty.
is from St. Louis, Missouri, and he took the scenic route to Oshkosh
this summer. He traveled by way of Madison and Fish Creek,
lot of sightseeing and a lot of water. Itís a beautiful area of
Wisconsin and Peninsula State Park."
favorite part of AirVenture is the showcase attractions, like this
yearís Boeing Dreamlifter.
like the airplanes that are not part of the air show, and the things
like the formation flights."
first time to Oshkosh he drove here.
drove in and camped in Camp Scholler at the furthest spot closest to
the interstate. So I remember it being a long walk. That was before
I had a plane. But I caught the bug, and here I am with my
has been flying for nine years. He flies a 1978 172 Skyhawk II. Heís
had it for six years.
have a few hundred hours in it. Not as much as Iíd like to."
of his flying is recreational, "for the $100 hamburger."
His home field is Spirit of St. Louis (SUS). In addition to the 172,
Joe has flown Warriors, Arrows, Archers, and 182s.
has a great Oshkosh tradition, which is to bring a non-pilot friend
along with him each year to the fly-in.
brought my uncle up this year. I bring one person. And I brought a
different person each year, just to share the thrill of AirVenture.
Iíve never brought the same person twice."
Bucher, Joeís uncle, is enjoying his first time to Oshkosh.
love it. I like hearing about all aeronautical information; it helps
you to understand aviation much better."
were his favorite things here this year?
liked the HondaJet. I love all the formation flying. The people are
just up there having fun. Theyíre not the pros."
he expect to see this many planes?
not, even though Joe told me there would be a hell of a lot."
Waddell has come to the fly-in from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He
arrived on Sunday and is planning on staying "till Iíve seen
everything and feel like Iíve done it all."
been coming to Oshkosh since 1994. What brings him back each year?
just like to watch the planes. Arrivals and departures. I like to
watch airplanes, so itís a good place to do that."
"I like to go to
the forums. I build my day around whatís on the schedule.
Itís interesting to
see what Lycoming is doing about fuels. Thatís a big problem for us.
Here I can hear it from the director of engineering. You can get it
from the horseís mouth."
also happy for the chance to meet the folks from Vanís Aircraft, and
other people who actually produce and make the products.
plane is an RV-6 that he spent 12 years building.
an accountant. This proves that an accountant can build an airplane.
Despite what people say about them," he jokes.
finished his RV-6 in January of 2006. So far he has 130 flying hours
in it. "Lots of cross-country stuff. Sun ín Fun, Black Hills,
itíll do acrobatics. Nothing real hard. Iíve done a couple loops
and a couple of aileron rolls to see how it felt. Itís a nice
performing plane. Real quick, real responsive. Itís my first
taildragger. Iíve got about 2,800 hours, but I hadnít flown a
tailwheel till now."
the RV, he flew a Cardinal for about 10 years. He started flying in
the Air Force where he flew C-141s back and forth to Vietnam.
home field is Sand Ridge Airpark, which is a residential airport. Heís
lived there for 11 years.
is the president of EAA Chapter 10, which meets at Gundyís Airport
in Owasso, Oklahoma. It gets about 50 members to each meeting and has
100 members total. It has a lot of social functions and provides its
members with builder support.
other day we talked with Dave and Bridgett Benner from Arizona. Another
memory they had from their first visit to Oshkosh was a very special
arrival on Runway 9.
cool thing that happened was, you know weíre a V-tail, so I see a
V-tail coming in on final. They were landing 9. So we were right out
here in this area watching them come in, and itís getting closer and
Iím thinking, is it a V-tail? Yes it is. But what kind of V-tail?
And finally it gets close to landing, and it is a V-tail, but itís a
jet. We found out the next day that it was the Eclipse concept jet.
"Later we went to
the Eclipse website and saw the video of it arriving. It was shot from
the other side, and there in the picture we saw us watching it