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The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration

Posted July 07, 2010 9:00 AM by Ron

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the yearly membership convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), an international organization of aviation enthusiasts based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Billed as "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration,", EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will run from July 26 to August 1, 2010 and feature airshows and other events.

Ron Darner, a longtime CR4er who serves as the newsletter editor for EAA Chapter 320 (Watertown, Wisconsin), recently passed along some information from EAA headquarters about an important part of this year's event, a 75th anniversary celebration for the DC-3.

Max-Effort Day and More

More elements to the huge DC-3 75th anniversary celebration at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, which will be held July 26-August 1, have been added, creating more opportunities to enjoy a unique gathering of these aircraft at "Aviation's Family Reunion."

The latest addition is a DC-3 and C-47 "Max-Effort Day" on Tuesday, July 27, that will include formation flights and aerial displays from all DC-3 aircraft that wish to be flown that day. That includes groups of the aircraft type in airline and military configurations, plus others.

"This event will celebrate the legacy and people of an aircraft that played a massive part in the development of both civil and military aviation," said Adam Smith, EAA vice president of membership. "Merging both ground and air operations into a single spectacle is sure to leave those in attendance with memories they'll be able to share and recall for years."

Among other highlights of the weeklong DC-3 celebration:

  • A very special DC-3/C-47 reunion evening at Theater in the Woods, hosted by David Hartman and including special guest Jim Douglas, grandson of DC-3 designer Donald Douglas;
  • "Salute to Veterans" activities in cooperation with Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to include re-enactor displays and personal appearances by WWII veterans of "Easy Company" (known from the HBO series "Band of Brothers");
  • Air Show programs throughout the week to include a parade of classic airliners, a unique heritage flight that pairs the C-47 with the modern C-17 Globemaster;
  • An appearance by the aircraft and stars of hit Canadian reality TV series "Ice Pilots", still operating the DC-3 in daily passenger service;
  • DC-3 movie screenings, including the John Wayne classic "Island in the Sky" at the outdoor Fly-In Movie Theater;
  • Numerous public forums related to the people, history and operations of the DC-3;
  • A major week-long effort by the EAA Timeless Voices of Aviation team to capture and preserve the video oral histories of all people connected with the DC-3.
  • An exclusive DC-3 community cookout hosted by Basler Turbo Conversions of Oshkosh, which refurbishes DC-3s from its base at Wittman Regional Airport for continued use at locations around the world;
  • A luncheon on Wednesday, July 28, in the EAA AirVenture Museum Founders' Wing for anyone who has even been connected with the DC-3, including pilots, mechanics, flight crew, veterans, etc. (Registration details will be forthcoming)

In addition, a rare DC-2 aircraft will be joining the assembly at Oshkosh, as well as a beautifully refurbished DC-7B aircraft.

EAA already has commitments from a large number of DC-3/C-47 operators who intend to arrive at Oshkosh. Other DC-3 and C-47 operators who wish to participate should contact EAA at dc3@eaa.org, and will be sent specific details on arrival procedures, aircraft parking, accommodations, and other important logistics.

Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org .

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07/12/2010 8:57 AM

Dynamic Aviation (my employer) will be attending with it's C-47, dressed in USAF colors. It was one of the first aircraft owned when Dynamic was created and was used as a spray plane.

We are feverishly restoring it to its C-47 heritage.

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07/12/2010 11:53 AM

The Fargo Air Museum has a completely airworthy DC3, and they are planning to send him to the Oshkosh fly in.

Here is his photo. "Duggy" the DC3 is a popular attraction at the Fargo Air Museum.

Hooker, have you a photo of your plane? I would be interested to see.

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07/12/2010 12:03 PM

Heya Doorman,

Yeah, I have pics but we are forbidden to publish them at this time as our owner doesn't want ours to be revealed until the day it leaves for Oshkosh. I'll be sure to post then...

If I remember!!

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07/12/2010 12:19 PM

Fair enough, Hooker. I am certain it will do you guys proud!

It also looks as if I may have misspoken before... I thought I had seen "Duggy" visiting the Oshkosh Event listed on the Fargo Air Museum calendar, but now I do not see it. Maybe plans changed, or I misread it before.

Or maybe I cannot remember stuff... Maybe it is there, and I don't see it now. I will look around.

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07/12/2010 12:26 PM

Glad to see that Duggy, "The Smile In The Sky", will be back - always popular at Oshkosh. My first flight, ever, was in a C-47, complete with dished metal "seats" along the sides to accomodate our 'chutes. But they wouldn't let us actually jump . I've had that opportunity since, though, and done a couple of static line jumps. IMHO, the scariest part of your first jump is filling out the legal "hold harmless" paperwork!

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07/12/2010 12:32 PM

Yeah, the big ol' horizontal stabilizer kinda forces that paperwork!!

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07/12/2010 3:50 PM

"Yeah, the big ol' horizontal stabilizer kinda forces that paperwork!"

Shouldn't have been much of a factor in departing a Cessna 180-series, as I did, because you sort of hand-over-hand out along the strut while standing on a step above the right main gear, then release when you're all the way out on the strut with your right hand's knuckles touching the underside of the wing, and your body is streaming in the wind. Look left at the jumpmaster, get the go-ahead, and arch your body as you release. Chute opens quickly on static line drops, but very unlikely to foul the horizontal stab. What the static line CAN do, though, is spin the chute so that the ines are twisted and it doesn't fully deploy; you get treated to a whirling view of the ground until you either manage to untwist the riser lines, or switch to the backup parachute. Ask me how I know....

I think that more of the paperwork was to ensure that the jump club and its members wouldn't be sued out of existence if something ever went wrong. I was convinced that they were doing their absolute best to ensure safety, or I wouldn't have jumped. Their training course covered the possibility of twisted risers and what to do if it happened, so I was prepared.

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07/12/2010 4:03 PM

Didja ever see the D-Day films of the C-47's coming back with chutes draped over the left horizontal stab? Those were well trained 101st AB troopers and they STILL managed to get tangled up on them.

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07/12/2010 3:04 PM

Hello Ron.

Updated info: Duggy is, indeed, slated for the airshow in 2010.

The link to Duggy at Fargo Air Museum site is broken (???).

I had forgotten Duggy is such a star! We are privileged to have him here in Fargo. Handsome plane, as are all of the display items at the museum.

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07/26/2010 1:31 PM

The Dynamic Aviation DC-3 (originally a C-47 that went through the official McDonnell Douglas conversion) was video captured at a stop in Ohio on the way to Oshkosh.

Tagged "Miss Virginia", she underwent a major restoration after sitting idle next to our runway here in Bridgewater, VA for 10 years. She looks pretty good in her USAF livery.

Miss Virginia

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07/26/2010 1:40 PM

Hello Hooker.

What a handsome aircraft! You are no doubt very proud of the results of the refit.

Thanks much for sharing this with us.

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07/26/2010 2:55 PM

Well, yeah, proud, fer sure, I think maybe. Officially, yes.

But also relieved. That beastie ate up a LOT of man hours and resources that were needed to get customer projects out on time.

Thank goodness we had our usual load of summer interns in to do the polishing.

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07/29/2010 3:23 PM

I've just spent the past three days - and intend to spend the next three - at Oshkosh, and watched this come in with more than 20 of its close friends (other DC-3s & C-47s). I can confirm that this plane looks as nice up close & personal as the video shows it from a distance. What a great get-together! Seeing a mass flight 75 years after the first one took to the air is wonderful. And I'm not taking anything away from Miss Virginia to say that she's not the only beauty in the bunch.

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