Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Oshkosh shows that passion trumps depression every time
THE WORLD’S GREATEST AVIATION CELEBRATION THRIVES. Despite the poor state of the economy, pilots and aviation enthusiasts turned up in record numbers for the yearly celebration of all things aviation.
I normally arrive a couple days ahead of time and watch the event build, but this time, I showed up on the afternoon of the day before it started. It looked as though I had arrived in the middle of the week and the show had started without me. The north transient aircraft parking area flowed to the horizon, and the main show line of aircraft had already filled all but the last few rows of the nearly two-mile-long parking area. I’m certain that in the 43 years I’ve been making the trek north, I’ve never seen those areas more packed. Then, a few days into the show, the car parking area, which is measured in square miles, not acres—and had recently been expanded—was completely full for what may have been the first time ever. People were parking their cars in the shopping malls around the airport, and cars were backed up down the highway for 12 miles. Twelve miles—absolutely amazing!
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