July 27, 2006

Blogging AirVenture: Day Four

We're having a great time here in Oshkosh. The crowds seem to be pretty big. This is only the second year where the event began on Monday, so it's hard to compare one year to the previous, but it feels pretty busy.

The big thing we're looking forward to today is the flyby of a pair of F-22 Raptor fighters. These are the new, next-generation super-fighters that have only recently gone into service.

They are apparently not stopping here, just doing a flyby. So we're all watching the clock to be out on the flightline at the appointed time.

Last night I spent the evening cruising the convention grounds. I watched the Ultralights for awhile. I drove my little scooter all the way down south the the most distant row of airplane parking -- Row 147 this year. I talked with a woman who bought her airplane on eBay.

Later I headed out for dinner at "Ardy & Eds", an Oshkosh favorite. A&Es is a 50s style car-hop, complete with waitresses on roller-skates. Good, junky food, and scenic.

I've been doing more writing for the paper this year than in the past. I like it. I did a straight news piece on the Cirrus press conference, and for tomorrow's paper a thing on a guy trying to fly a Piper Cub around the world, and another on the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Keeping busy.

I also have a bunch more pics to post. I'll get to them as soon as possible.

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Posted by jackhodgson at July 27, 2006 03:54 PM