July 29, 2008

AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 Day Two

Last night we had the arrival of the really big Boeing DreamLifter. It's a special built cargo plane for carrying really large objects around.

Another hightlight of yesterday was the Red Bull Helicopter aerobatics act. This helicopter was doing things that I really didn't think a chopper could do. Loops, rolls, tail slides, hammerheads. Lots of amazing stuff.

The Osprey was a no-show yesterday. I can't find anyone who can tell me what's what.

Our first episode of Uncontrolled Airspace got postponed because of a power failure in a large part of the grounds, incl the radio station. We've rescheduled for Wed evening.

I'm still posting pics on my flickr page, so keep an eye there.

Posted by jackhodgson at 03:55 PM

July 28, 2008

Good Morning from Oshkosh

Watching 27Welcome to Oshkosh.

Today is Day One of AirVenture 2008. Actually I've been here for three days now. We've been working on the newspaper, preparing the early issues.

The first issue came out yesterday, and today we're actually working on #3.

Lot's of aviation activity here already. Many, many planes have already arrived, and more are expected.

I'm posting pictures over on my flickr account. Click here to take a look. I'll be adding more throughout the week, so save the bookmark and check back often.

Also, here's a link to my first column of the week.

The big thing I'm looking forward to today is the arrival of the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. This will be it's first ever visit to Oshkosh, and it's always been a favorite of mine.

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:40 AM

July 06, 2008

Patrick Henry Quote

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them."

-- Patrick Henry, revolutionary (1736-1799)

Posted by jackhodgson at 09:15 AM

July 01, 2008

I'm Gay, but I'm not gay

So there is this web site - OneNewsNow - that publishes news stories for the traditional family. The American Family Association set up this website, and it has a strict policy of never using the word "gay" on the site because the homos stole that word. The site has a strict policy to always replace the word "gay" with "homosexual" with an automated system for changing the forbidden word.

But it wound up publishing a story about a world-class sprinter named "Tyson Homosexual" who qualified this week for the Beijing Olympics. The problem: Tyson's real last name is Gay.

Therefore, OneNewsNow's reliable software changed the Associated Press story about Tyson Gay's amazing Olympic qualifying trial to read this way:

Tyson Homosexual was a blur in blue, sprinting 100 meters faster than anyone ever has.

His time of 9.68 seconds at the U.S. Olympic trials Sunday doesn't count as a world record, because it was run with the help of a too-strong tailwind. Here's what does matter: Homosexual qualified for his first Summer Games team and served notice he's certainly someone to watch in Beijing.

"It means a lot to me," the 25-year-old Homosexual said. "I'm glad my body could do it, because now I know I have it in me."

Posted by sherman at 04:59 PM