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Old 12-28-2003, 08:50 PM   #1
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EAA Airventure Rally-Oshkosh?

We're fairly new owner and WBCCI member, and wondered if any Units typically organize Rally to attend EAA Airventure Air SHow event in Oshkosh WI in late July/early August... We were hoping to combine trip to Glacier Park in Canada with trip to Oshkosh, and looking for place to stay..

>> I am aware that there is organized camping at airport site organized by EAA, but wondered if there were any separate setups for Airstream...

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Old 12-28-2003, 10:16 PM   #2
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EAA Airventure Rally-Oshkosh?

Greetings John!

One of the Wisconsin Units of the WBCCI was responsible for an annual EAA Fly-In Rally for a number of years. The last one was hosted several years ago. I believe that there was some talk of reviving the Rally, but haven't heard about the status of the revival. I do know that the rally was a popular but was never able to work it into my travel plans as it usually conflicted with work committments. You might try monitoring the Rally Connection at the WBCCI site to see if there is any information forthcoming. The page is at the following:

WBCCI Rally and Caravan Schedule

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Old 04-18-2004, 10:51 PM   #3
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Solo Rally to Oshkosh..

I've followed Kevan's suggestions, and monitored WBCCI sites, but it seems neither national nor local groups are planning run to Oshkosh this year... In deference to demands for amperage and A/C, we'll be at KOA in Fond du Lac last 4 days in July for EAA Airventure, after solo rally across Idaho through Glacier National Park and Lake Louise/Banff Springs...

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I think you alluded to the problem, John. Oshkosh is a tough event for all but serious boondockers. No hookups at all for 5+ days tends to scare off a lot of people. Sort of like Burning Man, but for airplane nuts.

But I'd do it. Last time we went, we tent camped next to our Piper in a field of 12,000 airplanes. It's an "aluminum fever" event that event blows away the WBCCI International Rally! I remember being woken up at 6 a.m. by a flight of warbirds in low-altitude diamond formation one morning. The roar was incredible. It was a formidable experience, to say the least.

Hey John, maybe 2005? There are a few airplane nuts on this forum including myself, Hohne, and Chuck. Plan a trip and announce it here -- you might be happily surprised by the response.
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hey, I'd LOVE to go....BUT (there's always a "but", isn't there?)...it would be hard to convince the wife. what can I say? she just doesn't have "the bug". (for airplanes, or airstreams either, for that matter). not to mention the 1000+ miles to Wisconsin.

Oh, well. perhaps when my boy is older, just the 2 of us can go. But then, I'd probably rather arrive in an airplane. In any case, it is a pilgrimage that we all have to make eventually, and I have yet to do that. its on my list!

You know, I might have better luck convincing the wife to go to "Sun 'n Fun", down in Lakeland, FL.
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If anyone is going to EAA Airventure this year, and feels capable of taking photos and/or writing an article about the experience, please get in contact with us. We'd like to run an article about it at some point.
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There is a horse farm that is near the Airport that has a small area setup for RV's. Edie may remember the name. They have power and water. The fees were reasonable too. Chuck, maybe your wife could hang around the horses, while you go hang around the planes? They have shows there, and I think offer riding too......

I will have to ask her what the name of the place was.
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We have been to EAA in July twice for 4 days, a few years back and last year...WOW! What fun!! That was before we got our A/S. Now it would even be better as we would not have to fight for lodging if a campground or farm were available. It has to be CLOSE though as you could spend a lot of time in line to park if you have to travel some. Sounds like a plan. We would come again. As I am married to a pilot who loves the war birds (not his era, just an admirer) There is NOTHING like sitting on the tarmac watching the planes takeoff and land all day long Then there is the highlight of the show where they get all the warbirds in the air and "BOMB" the field!!
I could go on and on but...anyway, yes we would come in our A/S
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Bummer...this one sounds like a bunch of fun....we'll be in or near the Makinaw midwest rally.

Next year though, we'll do our best to make that one.
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hey, I'd LOVE to go....BUT (there's always a "but", isn't there?)...it would be hard to convince the wife. what can I say? she just doesn't have "the bug". (for airplanes, or airstreams either, for that matter). not to mention the 1000+ miles to Wisconsin.

Oh, well. perhaps when my boy is older, just the 2 of us can go. But then, I'd probably rather arrive in an airplane. In any case, it is a pilgrimage that we all have to make eventually, and I have yet to do that. its on my list!

You know, I might have better luck convincing the wife to go to "Sun 'n Fun", down in Lakeland, FL.
I have been to the FL event a couple times. Always flew in for the day then back to Atlanta. Was always a good time. Next door neighbor when I was a kid took me. He would set up the nav computer tell me to turn when it beeped and wake him up if anything happend or it showed 1/4 tank of fuel and he would go to sleep...I was 15 LOL . Fist year was in a Cesna 182 and he sold that and bought a Moonie. Moonie was fun plane.
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He would set up the nav computer tell me to turn when it beeped and wake him up if anything happend or it showed 1/4 tank of fuel and he would go to sleep....

I just gotta say

is this guy still alive?


I've met people that set the auto-pilot, and indulge in a nap. I'll never understand that. (and you guys think towing with a mini-van or slightly underpowered truck is dangerous. LOL!!! )

I had a friend who had a "Mooney". Very slick airplane...both literally, and figureatively.
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I had a friend who had a "Mooney". Very slick airplane...both literally, and figureatively.
My brother is a pilot and for a while was the director of the Mooney Aircraft owners organization. He used to make that Oshkosh an annual affair. We passed the airport on the way up to Door County Wi, a couple of years ago.

I've got friend in Lincoln Nebraska who flew in the military and was the chief pilot for Banker's Life. At the end of his career he was flying a Grumman Gulfstream I. We met him in Branson this fall and the man just fell in love with my Safari. All he could do is walk around touching the aluminum and the rivits. He was smitten. I told him that this was my airplane..

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Yes, but now with your Classic Jack, it's now been upgraded from an airplane to a Gulfstream!
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Oshkosh or Bust...

Well, it's at least encouraging to see other members aware and interested and considering.. It's been 14 years since I've been to aerial equivalent of Lourdes and Mecca combined.. Tent camping in wet field was fun after flying Comanche in solo from Calif, but won't work with non-flying wife. Dry (wet??) camping in EAA campground on airport or in local parks (even with electrical hookups, air conditioning use is prohibited during week of show..), so we're booked into KOA with pool and surplus of amps down in Fond du Lac, and I'll be stuck in lines with tow vehicle to park.

We traveled to Sun n Fun FLy-in at Lakeland FL last year for 1 1/2 days after business trip from CA into Jacksonville, and stayed in local motel. Florida event much more hospitable, and weather in early April less likley to be hot and muggy and buggy.. Only about 7,000 planes fly in, and 400,000 people through turnstiles, compared to 50% larger crowds at Oshkosh.... Both are impressive to see things people have built over years of effort, and then boldly jumped in and flown across the US, in many cases...

We'll wave to some of other caravans in Glacier Nat'l Park area and Lake Louise and Idaho on way to Oshkosh (that was incentive to get trip started...) and welcome any joiners to check out KOA in Fond Du Lac. We may publish cell phone number for get together if others are heading that way in July. Maybe it's simpler to just rent a 3KW generator for A/C and boondocking at the airport, but I'm not sure I could get it in and out of the Suburban..

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