Thinking about Oshkosh

Watching Steve Fossett’s record breaking flight, I started thinking about last year’s aborted trip to Oshkosh. Last year would have been amazing, with appearances by the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer, Spaceship One, and more. I couldn’t get anybody to go with me, so I was planning to fly the Lance and camp. I only have a tiny one-man tent, but with the Lance, if things got bad I could sleep in the back there is so much room. But I had to cancel because Vicki and I bought this fantastic house and we needed to clear up 15 years of crud from the old place and prepare the new place. I have no regrets about the house, just about missing Oshkosh.

I was looking forward to camping because the previous time I’d gone with a bunch of guys from the flying club, and while it was fun, I felt let I was being pulled away from the grounds just at the best part of the daily airshows because they wanted to avoid the traffic and get something to eat. By camping, I wouldn’t have to leave the airfield at all. Of course, there is the slight problem that I don’t have much camping gear any more, and so I’d have to buy a camp stove and cooler and food and stuff like that. But that’s minor.

So then I read in Mark’s blog that he was thinking of driving out to Oshkosh. Hey, I thought, here’s a chance to do some flying with Mark, camp at Oshkosh, and have some fun.

I’ve booked the Dakota for the trip. Sure, the Lance is available, but as of this spring, the Dakota is going to have a new engine, new prop, new Garmin 530 GPS, a fairly new Stormscope, and a paint job barely two years old. It’s really the show piece of the club, and I’d be proud to fly a “Rochester Flying Club” banner from it while tied down in Oshkosh camping. Of course, taking the Lance is still an option, and maybe the extra room would come in handy, but with the ancient radios and old engine and all that, it just wouldn’t wow them (and Mark) like the Dakota will. And even the Dakota will seem roomy next to the Cessna 150s he’s used to flying.

3 thoughts on “Thinking about Oshkosh”

  1. Oshkosh was amazing last year. I had never been before, and the only that I can describe it is as an experience. It’s more than just a week. It’s more than just a vacation. It’s an absolute experience. I took quite a few pictures:

    I’ve tried to organize them so that the famous people are at the front. It’s a neat place. I don’t know that I’ll get back this year because of other obligations, but have a great time!

  2. Woo Hoo! I can’t wait.

    No worries about me dragging you away from the action – I’ll be completely engrossed myself, and you’d be hard pressed to get me anywhere near the exit gates unless there’s good reason. 🙂

    I’ve got a good arsenal of camping equipment, so there should be no worries there. The only thing I don’t have is a campstove – I always cook over the fire when camping, but since that’s verboten at Oshkosh a stove will be necessary for sure.

    I can likely hunt one up without issue for the duration of the trip, though. We should be able to cover the rest of the equipment between the two of us with few exceptions.

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