Creatures Everywhere Stirring; Two Cars Failed to
by ANN Correspondent James Aronovsky
It's early morning at Wittman Field, the Saturday before
The enormous airplane campgrounds are dotted with tents attached
to airplanes. Those few hardy campers had wrangled the choice spots
very close to the action.
At this point, the action is less aviation and more
construction. Sure the occasional airplane lands... and the mass
arrivals of the Bonanzas and Cessnas are wonderful sights... but
the dominant sounds are those of hammering, sawing, and the beeps
of backing trucks.
Throughout the day, aviation brands began to show as their signs
are unfurled and airplane fuselages -- some strangely devoid of
their wings -- are moved into their most attractive locations.
Several of the 'really cool' planes are being moved around the
ramp... and no matter how busy and behind schedule, no one really
minds waiting for the Ford Trimotor to taxi into
It's now Saturday afternoon... more airplanes are parked, more
tents pitched, more exhibits are taking shape. Everywhere on the
field are people who only arrive before Airventure officially
starts, then leave the airport and actually miss all the action...
but they will return in a week with their hammers and screwdrivers
to take apart the exhibits, and help return the field to what it
More volunteers assembled, and once-a-year friends became
re-acquainted enjoying the rare luxury of wide open spaces in
nearly every direction.
Scooters, both retro and utilitarian, buzzed in very conceivable
direction. Golf carts, topless VW Beetles, and the occasional
"normal" car could be seen in areas that in just two days would be
covered with people.
Alas, there was a minor incident on Wittman field around 8:00 am
Saturday. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and the car insurance
companies should take care of it.
Like working on a term paper close to the deadline, there seems
to be a dogged determination that with only one day left,
everything would have to happen by Sunday evening, or not make it
Airventure 2006 was coming to life.