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The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA
Celebrating 100 Years of Powered Flight
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 July 29-August 4

August 3, 2003   Volume 3, Number 38


During EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, e-HOT LINE will be published on a daily basis with current news and events directly from EAA AirVenture. Visit the EAA AirVenture website for full coverage of the event. We welcome your comments and suggestions to ehotline@eaa.org.

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The Latest News From Oshkosh - 

Ed Lu, Flight Engineer and Science Officer on board the International Space Station, took this picture Saturday, August 2, as he passed over EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at about 215NM.

SpaceShipOne Will Offer Affordable Space Travel
“How many of you are building or flying your own plane?” Burt Rutan asked several hundred EAA AirVenture Oshkosh attendees gathered in a forum Saturday as hands popped up throughout the crowd. “How many of you are building or flying your own spaceship?” he asked, as this time laughter filled the forum building. (read more)

Pilots Prepare December Flight Plans
The pilots have already been selected, but it will be up to a coin toss to decide who will be the first to fly the only authentic reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer. (read more)

Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta: A brief Q&A
Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta came to EAA AirVenture 2003 yesterday, and took a few moments to talk with AirVenture Today about policy and airplanes.  (read more)

NASA Education Efforts Reach Out to Future Explorers
NASA’s associate administrator for education, Dr. Adena Williams Loston, told a full house at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 that NASA needs the bright minds of the next generation of explorers. “We absolutely need you.”  (read more)

Neil Armstrong Packs ’em in at Theater in the Woods
An overflow crowd came to Theater in the Woods Friday evening to see the first man on the moon talk about the first men to fly. Apollo 11 spacecraft commander Neil Armstrong drew a standing ovation when he walked onto the stage to join Space Shuttle astronauts Charlie Precourt and Jim Voss. (read more)

Friends of Meigs Hopeful
Though the outlook looks grim right now, the Friends of Meigs Field (FOM), an organization established long before the airport’s runway was recently destroyed, is continuing the fight to save the downtown Chicago landmark. (read more)

President’s Awards
EAA President Tom Poberezny presented six volunteers with the annual President’s Award on Thursday night at Theater in the Woods, acknowledging members whose participation and contributions represent the “essence” of EAA. (read more)

Current Combat Heroes Talk About Their F-16s Over Iraq
EAA member Ray Fowler, who also pilots the EAA B-17G, told a crowd at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Saturday, “You could probably solo an F-16 in a shorter time than you could solo a Cessna.” The recently returned veteran of missions over Iraq, Fowler went on to say it is much more difficult when it comes to using the F-16 for combat, however. “Words cannot describe an afterburner takeoff in this airplane,” he said, while standing on a platform in front of an Alabama Air National Guard F-16 parked in the Warbirds area. (read more)

New Aircraft at EAA AirVenture
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has long been a showcase for new aircraft and aviation products. In keeping with the spirit of innovation exemplified by the Wright brothers, several manufacturers are debuting new aircraft at this year’s EAA AirVenture. AirVenture Today has reported on several in previous issues. Here’s a rundown of some additional debuts. (read more)

Simulating the First Flight
If you’re not lucky enough to be Terry Queijo or Kevin Kochersberger, you won’t get a chance to fly the Wright 1903 Flyer. However, you can get a feeling of what it would be like in the Countdown to Kitty Hawk pavilion, where four Microsoft simulators give visitors a realistic feeling for what it would be like to fly over modern-day Kitty Hawk in that historic plane. (read more)

Gauthier Receives Tony Bingelis Award
Joe Gauthier of Cromwell, Connecticut, received the 2003 Tony Bingelis Award at the annual Homebuilder’s Dinner on Thursday evening in recognition of his contributions to the homebuilt aircraft community. (read more) 

Reliving WWII at the Living History Exhibit
Ever wonder what life was like at an Army Air Force base in World War II? The volunteers of the Warbirds Living History Exhibit offer a window on that extraordinary era and those extraordinary men and women. In their accurate re-enactments you can witness daily briefings, preparation for bombing missions, and life around the base, including use of the era’s language. They have carefully studied old movies to get the slang down to perfection. (read more) 

A True-Blue Corsair FG-1D is Faithful to the Goodyear Factory Originals
To the long list of aircraft restorations that have arrived at Oshkosh looking as if they have just rolled off the assembly line, add this: A 1945 Corsair FG-1D that on July 26 flew for the first time since its tear down began in 1990. (read more) 

EAA Volunteer Up for Disney Teacher Award
He first volunteered at AirVenture Oshkosh in 1970, EAA’s first year in Oshkosh. He then left for the Navy, returning as a volunteer in 1993. He also does a bit of teaching.  (read more) 

Historic Appearances
One paragraph. In a four-page newsletter. That’s how Paul Poberezny announced plans 50 years ago for the first annual EAA Fly-In. The following month, June 1953, Poberezny put out a plea for airplanes in EAA’s mimeographed publication, the Experimenter. When the first EAA fly-in rolled around on September 12-13, 1953, 21 aircraft were on hand at Milwaukee’s Curtiss-Wright Airport. In later years, EAA would play host to historic aircraft. Here are a mere fraction of the notable aircraft that have appeared at AirVenture. (read more) 

The Story Behind the Flag Stands
Emmett Carson knew that the flags of each state, flown to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, by EAA members for the re-creation of the Wright brothers’ first flight, had to have a place to stand, and those stands had to be something special. (read more) 

Almost Everyone Has Questions
Sometimes people who come by the MATS Connie on AeroShell Square want to know how it got there. And sometimes crew member David Eberhardt can’t resist. “We took it off a truck and blew it up,” he has told them. (read more) 

Oshkosh and the Other Half
My wife glanced at the calendar in the kitchen. She tilted her head upward while she tapped her index finger on a date. “So…you work tomorrow, then you’re back on Saturday?” (read more) 

Kits Getting Bigger and Better
Despite committing significant monetary and human resources to the light-sport aircraft initiative over the last few years, many aircraft kit manufacturers still were able to present new aircraft and new options here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. (read more) 

Women and Wings - It’s the Height of Fashion
New aircraft and avionics aren’t the only new products showcased at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. Women Fly, the company that promotes awareness of women’s achievements in aviation, is debuting a fashionable tribute to five modern pioneers of aviation, a quintet of female Air Force flight instructors. The company (Exhibit Hangar C, booth 4026) introduced at EAA AirVenture a photo of the women emblazoned on a T-shirt in their flight suits, helmets tucked in their arms, taken in 1985. (read more) 

Around the Field
Distant friends who meet at EAA AirVenture, and residents of the last row. (read more)

   
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