I’m still feeling nostalgic for Memorial Day, so today’s photo is one I took at last year’s EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis. Despite my military upbringing, I never felt the love for military aviation like I do commercial aviation — until I saw all the warbirds at Oshkosh. Below is Miss Geraldine, a gorgeous and pristine North American P-51D Mustang. Enjoy!
Kids: normally I would have posted The ORIGINAL Strange But True Aviation News today, but I have been run ragged working my first Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, fondly known as spring break for pilots. So instead, I decided to offer up my list — complete with photos — of my highlights from the show. I’ll be at the AOPA tent today until around 3. Please come by and say hell. Enjoy!
- Meeting some of my Twitter followers. B-Rad from Showalter Flying Service brought me my own set of chocks! Now I only need my pilot certificate — and a plane!
- Enjoying an ice cream with AOPA President (and my boss) Craig Fuller.
- Watching the aerobatic air shows every afternoon.
- Using the AOPA Facbook and Twitter (@AOPA) accounts to update members and friends on our activities at the show.
- Taking AOPA staffers over for interviews on Sun ‘n Fun radio, hosted by the wonderful Dave Shalbetter.
- Trying out pilot headphones at the Pilot Mall next door to the AOPA tent. Although I really want the Bose headphones, they’re a bit too rich for my blood at this point.
- Getting people to buy our very popular Sun ‘n Fun “Plane Crazy” t-shirts. The gentleman in the photo came specifically to buy them after he saw my tweets touting the t-shirts and letting folks know they can only get them at the show.
- Watching the AOPA eMedia folks offering demos of our new FlyQ app, which just rocks. It will replace the current AOPA Airports app.
- Giving rides to weary attendees in the AOPA golf cart and meeting some great people.
- Catching up with my aviation journalist friends.
Yesterday, I flew into Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport on my way to Oshkosh, Wisc., for this year’s EAA AirVenture air show — the world’s largest. I thought it was only fitting to make today’s picture a shot from this, one of my favorite airports (another post for another day).
Milwaukee used to be the main hub and headquarters of Midwest Airlines, which used to have the tag line “The Best Care In The Air.” Back when I flew it in 1994, it had an all-business class layout that served great food and wine, along with great chocolate chip cookies baked onboard.
Below is a shot of a Midwest Airlines Embraer E170 I took last May on a trip to MKE to speak at the Regional Airline Association convention. And as a bonus, I took a (bad) shot of the Farmer’s Insurance zeppelin (thanks, Jim Way) on my iPhone yesterday as I arrived in Oshkosh. Enjoy!