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  • STRAIGHT AND LEVEL

    By Bob Lickteig

    Why Oshkosh?

    Everyone in the aviation community is talk­ ing about EAA Oshkosh '85. The record number of aircraft - the early closing of the field to transient aircraft (rain. prior to the convention. left some parking areas soggy and resulted in some delays in moving the aircraft off the taxiways - our volunteers are to be commended for their excellent handling of this situation) - the wonderful record crowds of aviation enthusiasts and supporters - the campgrounds filled nearly to capacity - the lines of autos filled with convention bound enthusiasts - the thou­ sands of aircraft operations handled with great efficiency by the dedicated FAA tower staff - and. of course. the excellent weath­ er.

    With the dismal state of the general avia­ tion industry. from student starts to new air­ craft sales. the success of the EAA conven­ tion has astounded the experts. No one will argue against success. but argue we will over why. Having been part of and witnes­ sing the growth over the past fifteen years. it is my opinion that the EAA convention means different things to different people.

    EAA and the Annual Convention all started over thirty-three years ago. That first conven­ tion was attended by a great number of homebuilders - people who wanted to build and fly their own aircraft - antiquers who loved to work with their hand and mind to preserve both their aircraft and history - the warbird owners who preserve the "heavy iron" - and. of course. our aerobatic friends

    and neighbors. For most homebuilders. building their own airplane was an econom­ ical necessity. This segment of our member­ ship still works in their homes and garages for two to five years - or more - to com­ plete their aircraft. having one important goal in mind - to fly it and show it at the Annual EAA Convention. Here. the results of years of toil can be proudly displayed.

    The campgrounds. capable of accom­ modating some 40.000 people. represent the family interest. and to these people it is an annual vacation spent with hundreds of new friends made each year. Camping in the heart of 15.000 aircraft - with educa­ tional exhibits. entertainment for all ages. and the excitement that can only be gener­ ated by aviation. has its own fulfilling re­ wards.

    The establishment of EAA Divisions brings another meaning to the EAA convention. The EAA Antique/Classic Division. is the segment of aviation which shares the love of older aircraft. and the nostalgia of the golden years of aviation. These airplanes represent an extremely important group at our conven­ tion . with members proudly displaying their antique and classic restorations that in most cases required years of owner labor or thou­ sands of dollars of professional work. This segment of aviation has a great following with the public who can readily relate to the era of the antique and classic aircraft and the part they played in the history of aviation.

    The EAA Warbirds of America with their WWII aircraft bring yet another of our seg­ ments to the convention . WWII aircraft. from the trainers to operational combat planes. are remembered by all adults. Seeing them displayed and flown brings back memories and a reminder of the important part these machines and their gallant pilots played in defending the U.S. against those whose aim was to conquer the world. Warbird owners restore these machines to flying condition and are proud to display them and to be a part of the EAA Oshkosh experience.

    Many have dreamed and read about a helicopter in every garage. We know that this dream has not yet materialized. How­ ever. the rotorcraft of various configurations are annually improved and provide another area of interesting flying demonstrations for members and the visiting general public.

    The newest addition to the EAA family is the ultralight movement. This started with interest in the hang gliding movement. begin­ ning all the way back with lilienthal. and is now evolving. again. into the light plane seg­ ment of aviation . . an el,lolution that is reminiscent of the early days of aviation.

    Public interest in observing the latest ad­ vancements and operational use of aviation generates the interest that brings many man­ ufacturers and suppliers to the convention. In fact. the public interest has. unofficially as of this writing. brought an estimated $50 mil­ lion into the coffers of the state of Wisconsin during the EAA Convention. This is a tribute to aviation.

    To cap off EAA Oshkosh as the world 's largest aviation event and convention. how about our annual ocean of aluminum? These are the transient aircraft. from Cessna 150s to jets. which annually fill our aircraft parking areas. These members and aviation enthusi­ asts have interest in all areas ranging from ultralights to warbirds and they all enjoy the continual excitement of aviation and the EAA Oshkosh Convention.

    Lest we forget our overseas visitors. we are reminded that several thousand came from some sixty different countries. As our vintage aircraft friends from Austral ia said. ''The Fly Market was worth the trip alone." The EAA Antique/Classic Chapter 12 from Argentina planned a short trip of the USA after they digested Oshkosh. The same is true of our friends from Brazil . Mexico. Aus­ tralia and other countries. The convention theme, "The World of Flight", says it al l.

    We must not overlook our commercial vis­ itors who stand in line to secure space each year. They are another segment of aviation and of the EAA convention . They not only bring the latest in aviation equipment and supplies . but they also expose aviation to the general public who visits Oshkosh. This brings us to the spectators (of whom 10,231 joined EAA during the 1985 Convention) . Whether or not they join EAA, they contribute to aviation financially by being a part of our convention . They come to see thousands of aircraft displayed and also to enjoy the largest and best in professional air show acts any place in the world . As an example, this year. they witnessed everything from the display and flight of a 1912 Curtiss Pusher to the supersonic British Airways Concorde - this could only happen at Osh­ kosh.

    One common interest of all EAA members is the competition for the prestigious awards presented by the various divisions' judging committees. Award winners at Oshkosh jus­ tifiably know that they have the best.

    So, I am back where I started - Why Oshkosh? - maybe we could sum it up by calling it the pilgrimage to Mecca - spelled O-S-H-K-O-S-H. There you have it. one man's opinion - welcome aboard - join us and you have it all.

    2 SEPTEMBER 1985

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    SEPTEMBER 1985 • Vol. 13, No.9 Copyright © 1985 by the EAA AntiquelClassic Division, Inc. All rights reserved.

    Contents

    2 Straight and Level by Bob Lickteig

    4 AlC News by Gene Chase

    5 Vintage literature by Dennis Parks

    6 Restoration of a Luscombe SA Page 6 byJim Zazas

    10 Salvaging an Airways Beacon by Donna Benedict

    13 Mystery Plane by George A. Hardie, Jr.

    13 Letters to the Editor 14 The Fuller-Hammond FH-1

    "Super Twin" by Phil Michmerhuizen

    16 Type Clubs and other Page 14 Aviation Organizations

    18 14th West Coast Ryan Reunion by Bill Hodges

    22 Women's Class A Pacific Derby by H. Glenn Buffington

    25 Vintage Seaplanes 26 My First Flight to Oshkosh

    by Robert R. Black 27 Calendar of Events