Saturday, August 13, 2016

Oshkosh-Day 2

Today was to be Warbird Day. We started out damp and dreary. I trudged over to the showers and washed the waves of sweat and stink off my wet body. The warm water of the showers felt good.
We walked over to the Country Store. I had a coffee, he had an Orange juice. We both had big cinnamon rolls.

We walked thru the Aeromart, stopping to look at a few projects

We walked down under threatening skies until we came to the Roxy, the old EAA cafe where we'd had bacon and eggs and homemade donuts in years past. We ate our breakfast and started walking down to the Warbirds when it started pouring.

Sky and I took shelter underneath Titan's P-51B replica which had just enough wing area to keep us dry.

The rain finaly stopped and we crossed the road into Warbird Land.
The first thing I noticed was that there was a Spitfire there!

Donnie in front of his next airplane purchase; a Supermarine Spitfire.
(Provided of course, he wins the Powerball.)

We looked at the Mustangs and then walked further east to see what else was there.

We came across the Confederate Air Forces P-39 Airacobra. The pilot was just out to wipe off all the raindrops and take the canopy cover off. When I saw he had a tip jar that said, "5 minutes in the cockpit-$20", I whipped out a 20 so fast it would have made Sean Tuckers head spin. Handed the bill (and a camera) to Sky and said, "Go take a look."

Bell P-39

I told Sky I'd never had the chance to sit in a P-39 but I wanted him to enjoy his visit.

After Sky had exited, we turned around and saw a beautiful Jug. No, not the girls, a P-47 Thunderbolt..

We went over and admired the big Jug.
Walked all around it.

Behind it was a tent with Bob Cardenas, the man who saved Glacier Girl from the ice in Greenland.

There was an older gentlemen sitting in the tent talking to all the ladies.

Sky pointed out it was Richard Cole,
Jimmy Doolittles Copilot on the famous raid.

I asked Sky if he had his logbook/autograph book hand and he pulled it out of his backpack.

We both shook his hand and he signed Sky's book for him.

What an honor!

We stopped and had a coffee at the Warbird Cafe and then slurpped down to the Classics.
I'd hoped that Thursday was the Warbird Show, but it was Trainer day...bummer.

The Martin Mars flying boat flies over Lake Winnebago.

Flying each day of the Airshow and making a water drop, the Martin Mars was the highlight of the show.

No comments: