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Features > Oshkosh, WI (July 2008) > Tour of Oshkosh Jesuit Retreat House & AirVenture



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Those are Duggy's friends! Duggy is a (very old) DC-3 which of course was the safest airplane to fly, and he has his own DVD/toy series it appears.


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Duggy and his friends were clear before this simulated bomb went off. The first few were entertaining as the "enemy" warbirds went over, but after a while with each run being followed by explosions was annoying and made it tough to take photos without jumping.


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A biiiig formation of planes


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A pretty good seat...


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Contrails from the planes disappeared in fun patterns


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The one neat thing about the simulated bombs were the ones that made smoke rings


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It's me and my mom...errr...shadow...err...our shadows


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This was the "Wall of fire" which was really cool (pretty much 50 or so of those simulated bombs at once). However, the announcer said to keep the ground and a formation of planes in sight for photos since as they flew over the line the explosion was to happen. Well, the timing was about 40 seconds late...which with planes flying overhead is a bit too late. There was a wall of heat though from the wall of fire...


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Speaking of carbon emissions - this little fuel trucks was VERY busy. 100 LL is a low lead fuel for piston aircraft that contains 0.5 to 2 grams per gallon. An average personal aircraft appears to get something like 20 miles per gallon. So, from New York City it would be about 800 miles or $240 in fuel one way. However, it appears the longevity of 100LL might be in question since the lead isn't good for the environment so a move to Diesel or automobile fuel may be in the cards.


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Finally, the Oracle plane takes off!


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Parachuting is interesting...


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I don't know how much they pay these poor souls that hold the Oracle banners while the pilot fies between


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Plane pins on hats are cool...


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And there were more and more stunt plans with smoke coming out the back...so when they originally thought of that idea was the first plane really in trouble?


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Win Me!


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A cool GE truck from mobile radio equipment donated by GE back in the day (1930s?)


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Sean Tucker did survive his amazing speed and direction changes in the Oracle plane...although he did seem a bit TOO enthusiastic and hyped up while talking/yelling at the crowd during stunts, but I guess it's good he enjoys his job


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It's my mom, Jude!


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I KNEW there was something we forgot...dust the plane before putting it on display at EAA!


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How many unsuspecting people walked into that nose protruding thingy?


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Now...what was in this bag again? Yes - a Chair! (You might also wonder what that is covering up the chair? It's a bag!)


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There were some pretty frightening aircraft at the show


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I guess $25,600 to build and fly your own aircraft is cheap?


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The Doolittle Raiders were a group determined to strike Japan during WWII by taking off from a carrier at sea and landing in China


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A big line of planes...


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Jude is scared of a little 10,000 pound bomb! This is actually a pretty good impersonation of Wile E. Coyote just before/after the dynamite explodes.


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Quebec!


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A neat cart with a boom and HD camera (from the rocket racing league group)


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Note to self - make next marketing slogan less obviously pandering...


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Hopefully that's where the fuel goes...(like I know)


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Next we drove around the fine city of Oshkosh itself and here is the town's hero Carl Schurz. An honorable independent figure in politics that we could learn from today he said "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right" I always appreciate when people use semicolons in their speech...I find it so difficult!
In fact, I find this quote from 1898 very timely - "The man who in times of popular excitement boldly and unflinchingly resists hot-tempered clamor for an unnecessary war, and thus exposes himself to the opprobrious imputation of a lack of patriotism or of courage, to the end of saving his country from a great calamity, is, as to "loving and faithfully serving his country," at least as good a patriot as the hero of the most daring feat of arms, and a far better one than those who, with an ostentatious pretense of superior patriotism, cry for war before it is needed, especially if then they let others do the fighting."


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Nice wind turbines across the lake


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A mini-lighthouse just near a lakefront property


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Yes, Oshkosh B'Gosh is still around, and was bought by Carter's Inc recently. They don't make the overalls and such in Oshkosh anymore but have 100 employees and a corporate office there.


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Near the City Center building there's a nice river area with flags along it...


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OshPosh is a very clever name...evidently too clever on naming and not enough on products?


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A nice old library...


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This is the old vault alarm of a bank in Oshkosh that is NOT the First National bank where Johnny Depp filmed the upcoming movie Public Enemies...but I was pretty close - an old looking bank in Oshkosh! See a brief video outside the bank here.


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The headquarters of Oshkosh Corporation (previously called Oshkosh Truck)


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Ardy's & Ed's is a great old 1950s drive-up diner complete with roller skate waitresses!


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Planes all over the skies of Oshkosh...


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