Oshkosh 2011 Day 2

Day two of Oshkosh corresponds to Friday July 29th, 2011.  It was my dad and I only full day at the event so I wanted to see as much as possible. 

That morning we headed out early to get some errands run, on our way back to the airport we saw a jumbo jet flying overhead.  Turns out it was the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Whoa, from a distance it is an incredible aircraft.  We pulled over on the south end of runway 18 and watched it do a flyby and then come in for a landing.  Sweet plane to say the least. 

Shortly after we started to walk and headed to the warbirds section.  It is where all the old military aircraft, as well as modern military jets, are kept.  I honestly do not think my words can explain just how many pristine military aircraft were there.  It seemed like every P-51 Mustang still in existence was there.  Old Russian Migs, the first Lockheed Jets from the Korean War, F-16’s, F-18’s, Beautiful F4 Corsair’s, P-38’s, DC-3’s, T-6’s, B-17, B-25’s, B-29’s, anything and everything that flew for the military was there; A plane fanatics dream. 

After that Ash and I went to check out the 787 which was now parked on the tarmac backed up against the B-29 Superfortress.  I am not quite sure if there is anything quite as beautiful as seeing one of the most famous old planes of all time backed up against the newest and most technological commercial plane.  One really has to stop and think how far aviation as come in 100 years.  In one lifetime we have gone from the Wright brothers to the 787… wow.

The Rockwell-Collin’s sponsored airshow was that afternoon.  It is impossible to write everything that flew during the airshow but the two highlights were getting to see the B-29 fly and drop its imaginary payload onto kerosene on the ground as well as seeing the 787 turn on a dime and take off for the first time in front of the public. 

That evening we had another great dinner with Pat, my father, Ash, and a bunch of other flying buddies. 

I wish I could “type” my enthusiasm and amazement of this day in Oshkosh.  If it is any consolation I have been smiling throughout typing this post just reminiscing on the epicenes of the day. 

Please enjoy the pictures! (Feedback is always appreciated too!)

Mark Brown

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