Wed, Feb 02, 2005
The Skiplane Fly-In's Delightful
By ANN Special Contributor Kandi Spangler
The EAA held it's annual Ski-in this past Saturday at Pioneer
Field in Oshkosh, WI. The event was rescheduled from the previous
weekend because a snowstorm dumped about a foot of fresh snow in
the area -- great for the skis, but not so much for flying.
At about 1000, skiplanes started coming in one-after-the-other,
gracefully landing as the fine snow would form a white cloud and
follow them until they shut down. An hour later there was a display
of about 10 aircraft that any aviation enthusiast would appreciate.
There were many a Cub, a Maule and one hard-core aviator who braved
the elements flying his ultralight on an inflatable ski. All of
them came not only to congregate and admire each other's aircraft
and rigging handiwork, but for the toasty warm bowl of chili EAA
promised them upon arrival.
In the hangar, EAA provided anyone that attended a bowl or chili
or chicken noodle soup, and enough coffee to keep the attendees and
volunteers warm all day long. For those who wanted to fly in but
didn't have any sticks to attach underneath their aircraft were
able to land at Whitman Field and shuttle over to the ski-in. The
event had approximately 38 aircraft registered to fly-in, but the
marginal overcast and the threat of snow flurries further south
kept most away, but for those of us that made it -- it was well
worth the chili.
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