June 17, 2014 - A number of activities to celebrate the Breezy’s 50th anniversary have been confirmed, as builders, pilots, and enthusiasts of the iconic open-air homebuilt make plans to gather at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 28-August 3.
The first Breezy - the RLU-1 built by Charley Roloff, Bob Liposky, and Carl Unger in 1964 -made its first appearance at the Rockford EAA Fly-In Convention in 1965 and is now displayed in the EAA AirVenture Museum. Carl, who passed away last September, provided thousands of free Breezy rides over the years and was always a fixture at the EAA Fly-In Convention. Today hundreds of Breezys in various configurations are flying throughout the world, and aircraft plans are still available from Carl’s son, Rob.
The AirVenture activities kick off with the Breezy arrival at Wittman Regional Airport on Sunday, July 27. Pilots arriving in any homebuilt will receive the 2014 “I Flew My Homebuilt” patch depicting the Breezy when they register at Homebuilders Headquarters.
Here are the other scheduled activities throughout the rest of the week.
Tuesday, July 29 – A special ceremony will be held at the Brown Arch to dedicate a brick honoring Carl Unger and the Breezy.
- Wednesday, July 30 – The Breezy will be the featured airplane in a Homebuilts in Review program, 10-11 a.m. at the Homebuilders Hangar. Then during the air show, watch the flightline for the Breezy missing man formation flight and flyby.
- Thursday, July 31 – A group photo is scheduled at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Breezy display at 10 a.m. During that evening’s annual Homebuilders Dinner 6 p.m. in the Nature Center, the first Carl Unger Award of Excellence will be presented. Tickets to the Hombuilders Dinner will be available at Homebuilders Headquarters during the week.
- Saturday, August 2 – The Breezy will again be the featured airplane in a Homebuilts in Review program, 10-11 a.m., at the Homebuilders Hangar.
For further updates, visit the Breezy 50th Anniversary Facebook page.