Oshkosh 2016-Day Six- Seaplane Base and Air Show
By Juri Keyter and Willie Bodenstein
Four of the surviving aircraft were later converted for civilian use as firefighting water bombers. One example of the aircraft still remains in limited service based out of Sproat Lake just outside of Port Alberni, British Columbia. The Hawaii Mars that entered service in 1963 regularly appears at airshows in the US, demonstrating its water-dropping ability.
Like the Sea Plane Base, the Fun Fly Park is part of AirVenture but has its own runway and caters for, what we know, as the microlight community. Since last year it also hosts the aircraft of the Valdez Challenge, a sticker on one of these “Bakkies” of the sky, “No runaway? No problem” says it all.
The Fun Fly Park is also where the true spirit of the EAA still survives and it is the place where kitbuilt helicopters, gyros and other weird and wonderful machines congregate.
The afternoons show was held in absolutely perfect weather and as always, consisted of a mix of military aircraft both old and new and aerobatic performers.
The evening ended with a fireworks display lasting at least 20 minutes and of course, the “Great Wall of Fire” never fails to impress.
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