Monday, July 26, 2010

EAA AirVenture - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

We finally arrived at Airventure in Oshkosh, WI. Of course, it is better known as just Oshkosh to most EAA members. This is by far the largest air show in the United States. Let me just say at the outset, as a first time attendee, this place is HUGH!!! But our focus is on small things that fly, RC airplanes and flight. So, we are happy to report model aircraft were well represented here.

First, Airventure is a scale modelers paradise. Want to model a C47 or DC3? There were 21 to choose from.   Surely among the rows and rows of experimental, classic and vintage aircraft you would find your hearts desire. One of the really cool things about Oshkosh is you can wonder right among the aircraft no strings to keep people from walking all the way around them . But touch them only with your eyes!

Be sure to check out the EAA museum on the field for some of the unique aircraft that made history.
Like the Bugatti Model 100 Racer pictured here.

One other great resource for the RC scale modeler is the Boeing Aeronautical Library housed on the lower level of the museum. In talking the the library staff, they can help finding scale documentation for various airplanes and in many cases can provide more than just 3 view aircraft drawings.

Now there is even more of interest to the RC modeler at the EAA museum, as a new exhibit has opened featuring model aircraft and flying. The EAA collaborated the the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) to get the details just right. The display is truly impressive. For instance look at the RC radio collection pictured below. How many of these radios have you flown with or remember?
While this post has dealt primarily with scale modeling and the museum, during my next post we will look at some of the other RC aircraft offering that were at Oshkosh AirVenture.