August 6st, 2013
"Some say that air shows are just air shows and all
air shows are alike except that one gets to look and ponder at the same
aircraft over and over. This may be true sit'n in front of the
television every year and wish'n one could be there! At Oshkosh, the air
shows are daily indeed, but it's not really about the air shows, it's
about the people and all about the people. Of course the event is truly
an aviation spectacle all of its own and one can truly testify that the
folks who attend Oshkosh Air Venture are a crowd un-paralleled anywhere
!" I wrote the above statement in 2010 and decided to leave it as is
that statement has not changed to date! I still cannot wipe the smile
off of my face.
Saturday (August 03,) wasn't much of a fanfare as
traffic lining up to depart flowed smoothly including my departure. The
trick is to get in line early for runway 27. I did hear that Sundays'
departure for some was difficult as it should have as trying to get
thousands of planes out at once is a mystery to me to this day. I
departed in great weather to Lone Rock (LNR) which is a quiet small
airfield with a very good restaurant on the field with plans to visit
"House on the Rock" in Spring Green, WI. This house is a spectacle
in its own and a bucket list item. I will leave it at that. The next day
departure was uneventful also until the middle of Nebraska when low
ceilings pushed JoesPiper into SVFR and a 2 hour delay at Grand Island
(Delta) until the ceilings lifted for my continued trek to Colorado.
Stand tall ATC at GRI, you guys went over board to help me in. After
picking up fuel at Lexington, NE (LXN), JoesPiper continued on to FTG
and much to surprise, the turbulence was at a minimum during the
afternoon with elevated density altitudes being reported from ATIS
(telephone) at FTG. I didn't mind as I like flying without having my
bones rattled constantly. JoesPiper arrived at Front Range (FTG) with a
DA of 8400 feet with no fanfare again and Airventure 2013 came to close
with a constant smile with embedded memories that will last forever!
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