Sunday afternoon, July 25th
Mann, motor homing friend Ed Fisher and Ed’s long term friend from high school and college, Bob Cybrynski departed Urbanna VA in Ed’s Motor Home heading to Oshkosh, WI for the annual EAA Fly – IN. For those that don’t know, EAA stands for Experimental Aircraft Association. Each year in late July, early August there’s a huge gathering of aircraft enthusiasts in Oshkosh. Huge translates into 500,000 people or more. Thousands of planes are present too. About five percent of all of the worlds non military aircraft are there in a typical year. Monday evening, about 24 hours and 1200 miles after leaving Urbanna, we arrived in Oshkosh. Every day for a full week was occupied with aircraft exhibits, aircraft museums, examination of real live air craft etc. Sunday we repeated the trip of the previous week in reverse arriving home on Monday afternoon. It was tiring but also a great time.
One of the most memorable experiences of the week was a flight in a Ford Tri-Motor (partially pictured in the current header on this page). It was the first commercial passenge plane and was manufactured from about 1925 to 1933. A total 0f 199 were produced. As of 2008, there are 18 Ford Tri motors in existence, six of which are flyable. The oldest flying Tri Motor is Greg Herrick’s 1927 4AT-B, Serial No. 10, C-1077, the one that I had the privilege of flying in.