Oshkosh Day Four - Warbirds steal the show
By Willie Bodenstein
Late nights, early mornings! The sun rises at 05h00 and sets at 20h30 and the last display only ends at 18h30! It was still cloudy most of the day but the temperatures have started to rise and by late afternoon the sun was out. This weather is not normal for Oshkosh. The morning was rather quiet with not many movements for Oshkosh.
A culture shock for us South Africans is the total absence of crime at the venue. The accepted manner in which to book a spot for the afternoons display is to take your chairs in the morning, place them along the flight line where you want to sit and leave it there whilst you go and browse amongst the almost thirteen thousand aircraft parked at the field. Now imagine doing that in SA!
The afternoons display as usual were absolutely awesome. The first on the program was the sky divers and this year the Misty Blues, an all-female team had the honour of opening the display.
The Aerobatic displays are simple breath-taking………….
and new products made their debut…………………..
The Jet powered Sub Sonex……….
The Turbo Mosquito helicopter……………
The Cirrus Jet
Almost 150 aircraft of WWII vintage took off in salvos.
Tomorrow we are going to spend the day at the Seaplane base and will report on floatplanes, amphibians.
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