The open road: 2010 summer trip day 11 & 12

Day 11-12: EAA Airventure, or, the trip’s official “destination”.

If you are just finding this, go here to start at the beginning.

For those that have never been to Airventure, held in Oshkosh, WI, it’s truly a spectacle that warrants a visit even for non-aviation enthusiasts. Anything and everything about general aviation and aircraft construction is there, with a non-stop air show going on in the background. It’s too much to see everything in 2 days, but, that’s the time we had. The following is a brief taste of what I found interesting over the course of 2 days.

B-17G — The Flying Fortress

Nikon D70, ISO 200, ƒ/6.3, 1/160sec, 35mm focal L.

and, another B-17

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/4.2, 1/640sec, 35mm focal L.

This being my third year attending Airventure, I had never taken the ride out to the seaplane base. It was fairly quiet out there, and I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t any “big iron” floating around.

Gorgeous Piper Cub on floats

Nikon D70, ISO 200, ƒ/4.5, 1/250sec, 24mm focal L.

The people having the most fun were the ferry boat drivers. On the deadhead trip without passengers, they barely had but a few feet of hull touching the water as they zipped around the lagoon.

Ground transportation at the sea plane base.

Nikon D70, ISO 200, ƒ/7.1, 1/200sec, 40mm focal L.

The week prior, Oshkosh received an incredible amount of rain, to the point that most of the airplane camping area was largely empty due to the soggy conditions. The RV campgrounds were more occupied, but, at the detriment to the grounds.

What a mess

Nikon D70, ISO 200, ƒ/7.1, 1/160sec, 70mm focal L.

The beast — Note the backwards rotating prop.

Nikon D70, ISO 200, ƒ/7.1, 1/125sec, 30mm focal L.

Below is the throttle quadrant to the “Beast”. Pilot humor.

For those not familiar: the prop lever indirectly controls the pitch of the prop, or, how much “bite” the blades take. The flatter the pitch, the higher the engine RPM will be, which results in the highest thrust, but, also the most noise, err, “roar”.

Unleash the full roar!

Nikon D70, ISO 200, ƒ/7.1, 1/160sec, 55mm focal L.

DC-3/C-47

Nikon D70, ISO 200, ƒ/22.0, 1/13sec, 28mm focal L.

I didn’t get any pictures of it, but, 2010 brought more DC-3′s flying in a loose trailing formation than has probably ever happened since war times. They had a mass arrival of some 30′ish planes that was quite the sight, and sound, to behold.

Duggy, the happy DC-3

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/800sec, 170mm focal L.

A crazy new winglet design that can save even more fuel than the “traditional” designs.

Crazy winglet design

Nikon D70, ISO 200, ƒ/4.0, 1/800sec, 28mm focal L.

SNJ / T-6′s — One of my favorites to see racing in Reno.

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/800sec, 300mm focal L.

Gaggle of T-28 Trojans

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/8.0, 1/200sec, 70mm focal L.

Aeroshell T-6 Show

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/8.0, 1/400sec, 300mm focal L.

Even though I’ve seen this T6 routine a number of times, it never ceases to capture my attention. You can actually hear the subtle throttle changes called upon each of the Pratt & Whitney R-1340 engines as the pilots adjust their position against the lead.

Aeroshell T-6 Show

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/8.0, 1/400sec, 300mm focal L.

Aeroshell T-6 Show

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/8.0, 1/320sec, 300mm focal L.

Aeroshell T-6 Show

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/8.0, 1/400sec, 300mm focal L.

Look Ma, no hands!

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/8.0, 1/640sec, 300mm focal L.

It’s quite easy to remove your hands from the controls of a well trimmed airplane. The elevator has a trim adjustment that is used to reduce/eliminate any input required from the pilot to hold “straight and level” flight. The above photo is interesting in that he’s trimmed for inverted, which is a markedly different setting than trimming for normal flight. Maybe he’s holding the stick between his knees?

However, the picture below is interesting in that by standing up, he’s actually changing the center of gravity (moving it aft), which upsets the trim.

That’s what you call a “well trimmed” airplane

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/800sec, 300mm focal L.

There’s a saying that the best you can ever do is tie the record for lowest flight altitude. This guy was doing his best to match that record during his routine in the Stearman.

Low altitude routine

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/640sec, 300mm focal L.

P-51 did a full acro routine

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/800sec, 300mm focal L.

Douglas DC-7B

Nikon D70, ISO 200, ƒ/4.0, 1/1000sec, 35mm focal L.

I can just imagine that travel in the era of pressurized pistons must have made for quite a journey. It’s ~5000 mi range will easily take you non-stop coast to coast, but, it’d be a 7-8 hour journey from New York to LA. Which, really, is cruising right along for a piston plane.

Douglas DC-7B

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/8.0, 1/400sec, 28mm focal L.

DC-7 Cockpit — I’m surprised there was no flight engineer’s station.

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/30sec, 18mm focal L.

DC-7 Cabin — Look at all that legroom!

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/6.3, 1/30sec, 25mm focal L.

Royal Aircraft S.E.5a — Or, as replicated from original drawings.

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/4.0, 1/800sec, 18mm focal L.

The gun and sights are from the Royal above. Clever way to handle the reloading problem.

In flight reloading — Note the track to slide the gun down for changing the magazine.

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/4.0, 1/2000sec, 29mm focal L.

F-16 — Love that paint job. Fresh out of the paint shop.

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/4.0, 1/1000sec, 24mm focal L.

UAV — The future of military aviation.

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/4.0, 1/400sec, 18mm focal L.

Not going to be launching any Maverick Missiles from this tiny platform, but, it certainly makes a nice eye-in-the-sky.

UAV launcher — No runway required. Would make for a sporting recovery, though.

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/4.0, 1/250sec, 18mm focal L.

Take a ride with Martin-Baker — They’ll certainly give you a kick in the butt.

Nikon D70, ISO 200, ƒ/4.8, 1/100sec, 60mm focal L.

Flying circles around the other

Nikon D70, ISO 320, ƒ/6.3, 1/1000sec, 300mm focal L.

Curtis P-40 Warhawk

Nikon D70, ISO 320, ƒ/6.3, 1/1000sec, 300mm focal L., map

Parked for the night.

iPhone

Continue on to the day 13: the start of the burn home.

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