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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedKansas to Oshkosh – it’s not that far
Story and photo by Steve Schapiro

Greg and Tabitha Booher with Frank Wallace and Camilla in front of the Commemorative Air Force A-26.

Most people don’t think of a two-day drive as just around the corner. But Greg and Tabitha Booher, EAA Family Membership 575844, aren’t most people.

“You know, we’re awful close to Oshkosh,” said Greg, when they were in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, helping Tabitha’s parents move. “We’ll have to go.”

The Boohers own a fly-in campground in Mena, Arkansas.

Without a place to stay, or a stroller or extra clothes, they put their 3-year-old son, Frank Wallace, and 1-year-old daughter, Camilla, in the car for the 600-mile journey.

They stopped in Missouri to buy some clothes, drove through Minnesota to add another state to the list of places the kids have been (Frank Wallace is up to 27, Camilla 14), and found a hotel room in Ripon. Once they got to Oshkosh they went to Target and bought a tandem baby stroller.

Both Greg and Tabitha are pilots, and their family is a little like the Brady Bunch of airplanes. When they met, Tabitha owned two planes—a V-tail Bonanza and a Cessna 150. Greg owned two Cherokee 140s, a Twin Comanche, and a Great Lakes biplane.

Tabitha last came to Oshkosh nearly 20 years ago when her two kids from her first marriage were about the same age as Frank Wallace and Camilla.

This year she was most impressed with all the improvements for mothers, specifically the changing/nursing station, and EAA Children’s Center where there are toys to play with and volunteers who can watch children if a parent needs a restroom break.

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