Virtual AirVenture 2020 - A decade of Arrival highlights
By Willie Bodenstein and Juri Keyter
Every trip to Oshkosh from SA starts from O.R.Tambo, except for maybe one or two that will start from King Shaka or Cape Town International. Our flight started from O.R.T. in 2009 and no, that is not how long it took to get to AirVenture 2020 that we all by now, has been cancelled because of Covid 19.
AirVenture 2020 would have been our tenth anniversary visit to the world's greatest aviation event and since the last week in July, would not be the same without news and reports from Oshkosh. So, in the next five days we will take you with us for a virtual trip down memory lane that will cover a typical Pilot's Post visit with daily reports compiled from photos covering ten years.
O. R. Tambo 25.07.2009
Waiting for the Lamberts bus to take us to Oshkosh, an approximate three-hour drive.
On the bus.
Stopping for refreshments
Picking up a hitch hiker on the way
The Camp hut over the years
The weather can turn funny
Visitors over the years
Entertainers at camp
Making it all worthwhile. Being judged the best supported chapter in the whole of the EAA
On average 10,000 plus aircraft will visit Oshkosh during the seven days. These aircraft normally start arriving the week before the opening of the event. Initially, only drips and drabs will arrive, but the closer it gets to the weekend before, its known to be more hectic until something like 3000 arrivals per day can be reached.
Landing three at a time on Witttman's two runways, the ATCs manning the control are the cream of the crop.
Tomorrow we will bring you a typical AirVenture afternoon airshow compiled from photos taken during visits since 2009.