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Art Schwedler, Government Relations Host, EAA 1447, Chapter 839 Hometown: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

What do you do? Escort VIPs to and from hotels, on ground and to and from forums and lectures, and make sure they understand EAA’s mission.

Years volunteering: 24

Day job: Retired TWA airline captain.

What do you enjoy most? Catching up with old friends and meeting a lot of interesting people.

What surprised you about AirVenture when you first started to volunteer? What a close-knit family EAA people are.

Who introduced you to aviation? Paul Poberezny gave me my first airplane ride at around age 11 in a farmer’s field in English Settlement, Wisconsin.

What aircraft do you own? A Sky Ranger and a Stinson 108-3.

What are you building right now? An RV-4.

If you could fly any airplane at AirVenture, it would be: Custom Cabin Waco. Because I think it was the Cadillac of airplanes in its time.

An AirVenture aircraft arrival you would run to see? A TWA Constellation.

AirVenture experience you won’t forget: Receiving the Charles Taylor and Wright Brothers awards at a Technical Counselor/Flight Advisor breakfast in July 2007. EAA officials (at my wife’s urging) kept it a complete surprise and arranged for her to attend.

Most memorable person you met through AirVenture: Neil Armstrong and the rest of the Apollo astronauts.

Favorite spot to relax at AirVenture: The back room of the Antique and Classic Red Barn.

What is the most unique airplane you’ve seen or taken a ride in at AirVenture? Most unique one I’ve seen: the Voyager. Took a ride in: the Ford Tri-Motor.

I would love to have lunch with: Roscoe Turner, a 1920s barnstormer and 1930s air racer. I would ask him if Gilmore, his pet lion, liked to fly.

Fun volunteer story: Buck Hilbert kissing me on the head every morning at the briefing.

AirVenture survival tip: Get a good night’s sleep and keep hydrated. First-timer? Plan on having as much time as possible available because it is not just some little county fair that can be seen in two hours.

If there’s one thing AirVenture-goers shouldn’t miss it’s: EVERYTHING!

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