2012 Airventure Highlights
What a show! With Saturday and Sunday still to go, some of this year’s highlights have included:
Monday: L-19 Bird Dog - Vietnam Tribute
The service of Charlie Finch and Doc Clement, who flew the L-19 Bird Dog with the 220th Catkillers, was highlighted. Both are featured in the book A Hundred Feet Over Hell, a thrilling account of the mission of this little airplane and "ordinary men, doing extraordinary things."
Tuesday: Test Your Homebuilt
EAA Founder Paul Poberezny hosted a pair of test flight symposiums with special guest speakers Charlie Precourt and Terry Lutz. Charlie Precourt was recently selected for the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and after a long career with NASA and the Air Force, is retiring as a colonel. Terry Lutz is a test pilot for Airbus, and flew the A380 to AirVenture in 2009. He also built and flies a Van's RV-8. Both are experienced test pilots.
Wednesday: Greatest Generation in the Air
Veterans from two legendary World War II military units, the Doolittle Raiders and the Tuskegee Airmen, were among the honored guests during the "Salute to the Greatest Generation in the Air" at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.
Thursday: George Lucas at the Fly-in Theater
Legendary filmmaker George Lucas presented the full-length version of Red Tails on Wednesday, July 25. Red Tails centers on the heroic Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II.
Friday: Performance by the Canadian SkyHawks
The Canadian SkyHawks parachute team, the official skydiving team of the Canadian Forces, performed the first time Friday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.