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Old 07-28-2016, 09:50 PM
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Thumbs up N198G First Oshkosh

Like some others, the 30th Anniversary of the RV-6 was the excuse I needed to finally fly to Oshkosh. N198G first flew in 2006 and 10 Oshkosh's were missed since then. Every year there was something - either I was deployed to some sandbox, or we were having babies, or other conflicts prevented Holly and I from going. This year, I decided that I would make it happen, if only for one day. Holly and the kids had another commitment, but I was going to try!

All ready to take off from North Las Vegas:


Crossing the Front Range near Boulder, Colorado:


I was trying to make it all the way to Oshkosh in one day - Saturday. I made it to Dubuqe, Iowa but was stopped short by some weather. When I landed, the FBO guy asked me if I wanted a hangar for $60/night.
Me: "Well, I don't know. That's kind of spendy and I'm trying to get out of here to make it to Oshkosh today."
Him: "Did I mention there might be a tornado here in 20 minutes?"
Me: "I'll take the hangar".
Picture of storm on the way:


At least I had good company. A bunch of T-6s sharing the hangar with me:


The tornado never materialized, but the weather was still not good. And I was tired, so I stayed overnight at Dubuque. On Sunday, waited for weather to improve and then launched for about a 2:30 arrival and got the full Oshkosh arrival experience. Solid conga line in front of me, followed another plane down Fisk avenue for the 18R "buttonhook" approach. Landed on the pink - no, switch to the yellow! - dot and off the runway into the grass just as another airplane zoomed past on my left. Airplanes all over the place.
After its all over, a place to rest in HBC:






I could only stay a day. Had to be in Colorado Springs for work on Wednesday, so I left early Tuesday morning. It was a beautiful morning, though!


Totally worth it! Looking forward to doing it again and getting to actually stay for a few days next time.

Cheers,
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:57 PM
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Hey Jordan,
Good to meet you at OSH. I left a little later Tuesday as I had done all I needed to do and I was eager to go flying. Plus I didn't have banquet tickets.
Dang that is a good looking RV-9 beside you there.
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:35 PM
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Jordan,

It was good to meet you and hang out in HBC... And to learn that N642TX has a sister ship!

Cheers,
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:26 PM
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Mark, it was indeed a pleasure to make your acquaintance, and that RV-9 is super sweet!

Neal, it was too cool to run into you guys in the HBC registration line! I can't tell you how much Holly and I miss Wichita Valley - it is truly a special place. Tell Brent we said "hi", if you see him, and I'm glad both of the sisters could make it to Osh this year!

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Old 08-01-2016, 01:20 AM
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Gadget,

Nice job...I was just showing Ryan some pictures of Oshkosh and a video of the F-4s flying there when I ran across your post on the front page of VAF. On our bucket list (well, probably mine and Ryan's, not so sure about Alex ).

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Old 08-01-2016, 10:40 AM
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Great Pictures! This was my first OSH as well, and what better year to go than for the 30th Anniversary of the RV-6! What a phenomenal week of aviation!
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