February 10, 2014 - Close to 400 people poured into Pioneer Airport on Saturday for EAA's annual Skiplane Fly-In at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Locally the flying conditions were favorable, with light winds and partly cloudy skies, allowing 26 skiplanes to participate. Not so much, unfortunately, to areas further south of Oshkosh as harsher weather prevented a number of pre-registered skiplane owners from flying in. Relatively mild temperatures helped to bring out the large crowd of local enthusiasts.
As the skiplanes landed in the mostly sunny morning, EAA hospitality was well under way inside Pioneer's Phillips 66 Hangar. Volunteers prepared and served 268 pounds of chili with all the fixings and 128 pounds of broccoli cheese soup for the attendees of all ages.
Cake was also served to honor the 61st anniversary of EAA's first-ever meeting, which took place on January 26, 1953, at Curtiss-Wright (now Timmerman) Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
New event enhancements included pilot and aircraft information displays for all attending aircraft, outdoor heaters set up on the Flightline, and a slide show with images from past EAA Skiplane Fly-Ins.
Increasing clouds in the early afternoon signaled time to depart, and skiplanes began to head for home from Runway 13 as attendees watched and cheered.