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Transcript of EAA AirVenture Today Friday, August 1, 2014

  • W ith great expectations of sales into the business aviation and small airliner market of the 1930s, Lockheed designed a small-er version of its 10-passenger Electra model. The resulting Model 12 was a good-looking, good-performing engi-neering marvel. But the power of a fickle market in-tervened. Of the 130 copies produced, by most estimates only 12 remain that either are airworthy or may be capable of flying again. Which means more than half of the existing fleet is gathered together here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.

    According to Les Whittlesey, from Ir-vine, California, and one of the organiz-ers of the reunion, an attempt to gather was initially made in 2011, with the idea of celebrating the 75th anniversary of the type. Unfortunately only three airplanes could make it Oshkosh that year. Not long after that, Peter Ramm [one of the other owners] said lets do a fly-in, Whittlesey said. We talked about a num-ber of different locations, but decided to come to Oshkosh. The first to arrive of the seven tail-dragger twins here belongs to brothers Yon and Uwanna Perras, who base their

    plane at their grass strip near Morris-ville, Vermont. We heard from a friend that this 12 was in Brenham, Texas, and could be pur-chased reasonably, Yon said. In 1988, a deal was struck on the air-plane and, even though it had been sit-ting in a field for eight years or more, a bit of work got the engines run-


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    weatherSeven Lockheed 12s at AirVentureBy Randy Dufault

    Relief for many pilots from the require-ment to obtain and carry a medical cer-tificate is a very, very high priority FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta told EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 attendees yesterday. In his traditional Meet the Ad-ministrator event, Huerta said FAA last week signed off on a new proposed rule designed to reform his agencys third-class medical requirements. The proposed rule responds to a 2012 petition jointly filed by EAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) to expand the num-ber of pilots who arent required to obtain a medical certificate. I heard you loud and clear, Huerta told a full house during the event. Weve begun the rulemaking process. CONT. P12

    FAAs medical reform: Its a high priority.By James Wynbrandt

    The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly their full dress rehearsal today at 5 p.m. Please see page 50 for special crowd line instruc-tions that will be in place today, Saturday, and Sunday.

    Thunderbirds fly today!


    CONT. P14

    Lockheed 12s owned by David Marco, Les Whittlesey, and Peter Ramm are among the seven examples at Oshkosh this year.


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  • FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014 3

    The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Vol. 15, No. 6AIRVENTURE TODAY

    PUBLISHER: Jack J. Pelton, EAA Chairman of the BoardEDITOR IN CHIEF: J. Mac McClellanEDITOR: Ric Reynolds MANAGING EDITOR: Joseph E. (Jeb) BurnsidePHOTO EDITOR: Chloe AmatoEDITORIAL STAFF: Marino Boric, Antonio Davis, Randy Dufault, Jack Hodgson, Frederick A. Johnsen, Barbara Schmitz, James WynbrandtCOPY EDITORS: Katherine Pecora, Colleen Walsh

    PHOTOGRAPHERS: Mariano Rosales, Phil WestonDESIGN: Jenny Hussin, Chris LivieriADVERTISING: Sue Anderson, Larry Phillip

    AirVenture Today is published during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, July 27-August 3, 2014. It is distributed free on the convention grounds as well as other locations in Oshkosh and surrounding communities. Stories and photos are Copyrighted 2014 by AirVenture Today and EAA. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without written consent.

    Crew chief has new mission on same warbird he crewed a half-century ago

    Bob Schrader is still on a mission with the same de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou twin-engine Army transport he maintained in Vietnam a half-century ago. At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, Schrader shows visitors bullet-hole patches in the fuselage from those days. He can be both quiet and enthusiastic as he invites visitors to walk up the loading ramp into the cargo compartment of the Caribou. Taller visitors must duck. As much as he enjoys sharing the gen-eral history of this Caribou with all visitors, Schrader has a special bond with fellow Viet-nam veterans who are sometimes hesitant to step into their past aboard the C-7. Most Vietnam vets wont talk to anybody except another Vietnam vet, he explains. Schrader sees vets who still carry emo-tional scars deep inside from their time in Vietnam. He believes these scars can inhibit a persons ability to engage life, and he has seen veterans begin a recovery after talking

    with him and going to the brink in the old Caribou one more time. One day, three veterans stopped by my plane at AirVenture this year, he says. One appeared bitter, and would not accept Bobs invitation to enter the C-7. The other two climbed aboard as Bob began to relate a story about having to stash full body bags at the feet of American soldiers being ferried to and from combat. He tells this story as a way to account for the trauma the soldiers faced. I noticed one vet was starting to look quite emotional, Bob says. Schrader soft-ened his story a bit, lowering the intensity in a way that seemed to invite the other veteran to let down his guard, to open his heart as Bob puts it. That makes my whole trip here from North Dakota worthwhile, he says. Thats just awesome when the air show here at Osh-kosh can help so many vets. Bob knows what he is talking about. He has reconciled his own experiences dealing

    with death aboard his Caribou, including that of a small Vietnamese child who had been horribly burned by the Viet Cong in an effort to extract information from a village leader. The child was being airlifted to a hos-pital, but succumbed as Bob held on to keep the boy from falling out the open C-7 on takeoff. The last image Bob recalls from that sad night was watching the childs shocked mother and siblings standing near their dead family member in the spotlight of the C-7 as it slowly taxied away on its next sortie, with an ambulance coming in the distance. The Army hauled food for South Viet-namese troops in the C-7, but this wasnt typical American rations. A load might consist of cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, and grenades, Bob recalls. The effluent from the animals, as well as airsick passengers, left a stench and a stain. The day before Bob rotated home, a pas-senger in a different Caribou that Bob was to ride from Saigon was hit in the head by

    groundfire, spattering blood extensively in the fuselage. Bloodstains remained as he left for home. Bob has washed the emotional stains away, but memories of those tough times help him relate to his fellow veterans in a way that may grant closure to those who engage him in conversation.

    By Frederick A. Johnsen

    Piper gives students a day at AirVenture

    A group of students from Kimberly, Wisconsinabout 25 miles north of Oshkoshgot a VIP tour of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 Thursday, cour-tesy of Piper and EAA as a reward for their fundraising efforts on behalf of the Ameri-can Cancer Society. For the past several years, under the tutelage of Woodland Elementary teacher Eric Vander Loop, the students have raised more than $120,000 for cancer research. Theyve held aluminum can drives, bake sales, brat frys, and many other activities. The students who began the program in fifth-grade are high school juniors today. Vander Loop was named one of People magazines 30 All-Star Teach-ers when he and the students were featured in the July 9 edition. About two weeks ago, Piper President/CEO Simon Caldecott was alerted to the article. With AirVenture beckoning, they thought it was a great oppor-

    tunity to plan something to recognize their selfless efforts. Cancer is a cause thats near and dear to Piper, he said. When we read about what Eric and his students had done, and realizing they were that close to Oshkosh, we decided to do something special for them. Piper provided the students with ad-mission and lunch, while EAA provided a special tram tour of the convention grounds and other activities. AOPA also got in-

    By Ric Reynolds

    volved, offering students a membership in its AV8Rs program. For Vander Loop, it was an unexpected re-ward coming as a result of working hard for a cause, and is