|Bill and Mary
Ammentorp. Convention Headquarters, EAA 284536, Hometown:
What do you do?
Bill: Take care of the EAA volunteers’ needs.
Bill: 16. Started at the Red Barn, moved to Pioneer Airport, and
then Convention Headquarters. Outside of AirVenture, I’ve given nearly
1,000 Young Eagles rides, and more than 1,000 rides in EAA’s Travel
What do you enjoy most?
Mary: It’s so much fun, and seeing all the people.
Bill: A sense of accomplishment.
How did you get involved?
Bill: When I retired, we wanted to see where we wanted to stay.
Mary: We thought we’d spend a month or two in Oshkosh because
we enjoyed the flying, but liked it so much…
Bill: We ended up staying six months. We fell in love with the
Bill: I was an airport rat. I would ride my bike there and wash
planes for rides.
When did you start taking lessons?
Bill: Before air conditioners in cars, we took a family trip. It
was so hot, and the kids were crying. I told Mary that there’s a
solution to this—I could learn to fly.
Mary: I don’t think we were back in Lubbock and he was taking
Most memorable AirVenture event:
Bill: When the Antonov, a Russian freighter, come in. The Cold
War was just thawing, and they put an American flag up when they came
in. It still gets me today.
Most unique aircraft you’ve flown in
Bill: Paul Poberezny gave me a ride in his P-51.
Aircraft arrival you would run to see:
Bill and Mary: Concorde.
What surprised you about AirVenture
when you first started to volunteer?
Mary: The complexity of volunteer contribution and the effort to
run it. Everybody becomes family.
I’d love to go to lunch with:
Mary: Pete Conrad, astronaut. I asked him once how he felt when
he was on earth and looking at the moon. He said, “It’s my job.”
Fun volunteer story:
Bill: I was flying Young Eagles, and a young man named Andrew, 8,
decided to go, but was a little unsure. I gave it power, and at about 50
feet, he said, “That’s high enough!” I told him we had to get over
the trees, but we would go back. Once we got to altitude, he didn’t
want to go back, and on the ground he said, “Dad! We have to get one