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Post  Kim Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:55 am

Since "That Time of Year" happened to coincide with my dragging out a bushel or so of photos to scan into my computer, I thought I'd post a few here. It'll take a while on my Dial-Up Service, but I intend to work on it gradually.

For more then a decade, my life revolved around the Pietenpol Reunion at Brodhead, Wisconsin, usually followed closely by the EAA's convention at Oshkosh. I flew the Piet into Oshkosh six or seven times, coming up from the south, and using the "NORDO" or "No Radio" option. If aviation itself is not a thrill enough, try flying a tiny, 70 mph puddle jumper into the busiest airport on the face of the earth, sharing the ether with jets, helicopters, P-51's and their brethren, ultralights, and the occasional flock of seagulls from the adjacent lake.

The photos are not in any order, and aren't even so much about the Convention itself...there are BILLIONS of photos dedicated to that famous fly-in. These are just some of the peripheral adventures that I think are just as much fun.

Flying up the Mississippi River toward my flying pal's house and strip. Jerry built and flew an immaculate Kit Fox, that tended to make my old ride look a little bedraggled...
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Arriving over Jerry's place...his Kit Fox is loaded and ready, waiting in his front yard.
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That "Anxious Time": daylight is wasting, and we've got a lot of ground to cover. Top the tanks, hit the bathroom and crank-up.

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Jerry's glowing Kit Fox, out over the Illinois corn and bean fields.
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Railroad Navigation.

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Snoopy Time !

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Getting close to Mark's territory. We could see the cooling towers of Rockford, Illinois' Nuclear Plant from 50 miles away. Post 9-11, I'd NEVER fly this close to such a facility, but there were shreds of our freedom still around in those days.

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Downtown Pecatonica, Illinois !

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Hello !

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Jerry on short-final at Brodhead, Wisconsin. A that moment, we thought we had the whole place to ourselves.

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Several other Piets dropped in behind us, almost before we shut down

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Photos from assorted years at the reunion:

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Hopping Passenger rides, with Steve's Piet providing "Special Effects" !

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Occasionally, they DO have some Heavy Metal Visitors:

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Off to Oshkosh:

Steve's Piet and Ole Yeller shared an offered hangar the night before we headed to Oshkosh.

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Steve Eldridge's Piet cruises through the Wisconsin morning. Steve flew his plane all the way from Provo, Utah for the reunion.

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Fuel stop at Hartford, Wisconsin:

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NORDO Instructions:

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On Left-Base to Runway 18 Wittman Regional Airport. At this point, I had to knuckle down and ignore the airplane-chocked sky around me and Ole Yeller, watching for traffic in my immediate path, and try my best to fly the pattern in the instructions. I was always too wired to pick up my camera from the floor of the Piet and take a decent photo, but I DID usually duct tape a video camera to a strut and just let it run. This is a grainy still, made from a captured frame:

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Parked with the "In Crowd" !!!!

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"Nordo Nerds"...making use of Ole Yeller's shade.

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Post  gcb Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:41 pm

WOW! Great photos. Thanks for posting.

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Post  Kim Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:23 pm

Thanks George...it's almost hard to believe all the great fun we had.
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Post  andrew Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:21 pm

Great pics, Kim. I didn't get to go to Oshkosh this year; I miss not being there.

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Post  lousyflyer Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:39 am

Those are great pics, Kim.
There's a live stream player that moves occasionally: http://www.haydenworld.com/jwplayer/jwplayertest.htm
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Post  Cribbs74 Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:12 am

Those planes look kind of big! How were you able to control the plane and sit in the cockpit at the same time?
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Looks like fun, do much flying these days?
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Post  WingingIt74 Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:28 am

I've been to Oshkosh twice. A must for any aviation nut to do once. I'd like to take my boys up there and maybe Jeremy too Smile
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Post  andrew Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:11 pm

WingingIt74 wrote:I've been to Oshkosh twice. A must for any aviation nut to do once.

Absolutely!!! It's a mecca for anyone who likes airplanes. If you've never had the opportunity to attend, it's a must for the bucket list.
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Post  fit90 Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:29 pm

Several years ago I had a student take his private pilot practical, and pass, with only about 43 total hours and then he immediately had the plane refueled and flew to Sun-N-Fun. He said it was a great way to air out the wet ink on his new license. He loved it all so much that he bought a plane shortly after that.

It's all addictive.

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Post  Kim Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:30 pm

cribbs74 wrote:Those planes look kind of big! How were you able to control the plane and sit in the cockpit at the same time?
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Looks like fun, do much flying these days?

There have been times when I WAS sitting in the cockpit, and NOT sure if I was controlling the plane !!

Yep...the Piet is sitting in it's hangar, waiting for me to drag it out and dust it off. It needs about a full day of "going through" to get it back to flying status, and I've been so busy this past spring and summer that I haven't worked it in.

I also recently swapped out it's Continental A-65 engine for an O-200, which boosted it's horsepower from 65 to 100, and am still not sure if I like it. There's a chance that I may take it back to it's original 65 this fall...so that's something else for my tiny brain to ponder !
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Post  Kim Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:38 am

WingingIt74 wrote:I've been to Oshkosh twice. A must for any aviation nut to do once. I'd like to take my boys up there and maybe Jeremy too Smile

It can also be overwhelming! Usually by the third day, I stay close to my tent, sipping sodas, visiting with passers-by, watching the weather, and listening to the airshow announcer! A jumbo-size bottle of sun-block is mandatory, and even then, you're probably STILL gonna get toasted !

I'm still adding photos...and keep finding more that I forgot I had....
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