Oshkosh, WI (2008-09-27)

Oshkosh is the home of the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Museum which is a great museum dediated to aviation. They don't just display airplanes there, they rebuild them and fly them. More information can be found here.

The EAA has a big air show in the summer and one day I might go, but for now it seems a bit hot and crowded for my tastes. An off season trip to the museum makes a great day trip, so we did that instead. (There were seven of us in three airplanes.)

Our departure from Rochester, Minnesota was delayed by a low but thin overcast. It was one of those days where you need an instrument rating to pop through the clouds to get on top and get going. Without an instrument rating we had to wait for the clouds to start breaking up. We were able to get out using 'special VFR' and finding a hole in the clouds to use to get on top. (The trend was gradual clearing of the clouds - in an emergency there would have been enough holes to get back down safely.) On the way over we were plagued by haze. It was flyable, but visibility was less than the normal CAVU (ceiling and visibility unlimited) that I like.

I will leave the pictures of the museum aircraft to the museum web site - they do a better job of it. These pictures will give you an idea of what to expect if you go.

B-25 Mitchell in the Warbird Hangar, EAA AirVenture Museum

A B-25 Mitchell bomber in the Warbird hangar. Also on display are a P51 Mustang, a P38 Lightning, A DeHavilland Mosquito, and many others.

Gee Bee Racer, EAA AirVenture Museum

One of infamous Gee Bee air racers. Most of these were destroyed when they killed their pilots.

Spartan C3-225, EAA AirVenture Museum

A Spartan C3-225 Biplane in the main building

Biplane giving rides, EAA AirVenture Museum

The museum was giving rides in this vintage biplane, even with a stiff crosswind.


Bob is flying N8119B off my wingtip. Note the haze.


And Jeff was on the other wingtip

Overcast over Wisconsin

Overcast over Wisconsin

Unknown valley in Wisconsin

Some sunlight penetrating through into a valley in Wisconsin

Mississippi River

Heading home to Minnesota, coming up on the Mississippi River

Created July 6th, 2009, (C)opyright Michael B. Brutman, mbbrutman at gmail.com