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Flying In For the First Time

By Nicole Kiefert

July 19, 2015Doug Neff spent Saturday sitting under the wing of his Cessna 182, N2692R, with Ruth DeLong watching airplanes come in.

He has been coming to EAA AirVenture since he was about 9 years old, but 2015 is his first year flying himself in.

“I just got my license about three years ago, and I just bought an airplane last October,” Doug said. “This is my first time ever flying here.”

The severe weather Saturday morning made the journey more difficult than planned.

“We left late and then had to come around it all the way near Chicago,” Doug said. “I flew IFR, but I canceled so I could not have to go around Chicago. So we flew the Ripon and Fisk (arrival) the first time, and it wasn’t too bad.”

Doug said he plans to spend the entire week at EAA AirVenture camping under the wing of his aircraft, weather permitting. He would like to see the B-52, the Mosquito, the Apollo astronauts, and get some shopping in.

“I need some headphones for my grandson,” he said. “He’s 2-1/2, and they’re just too big for him. They cover his cheeks, so I need to get some smaller headsets for him.”

Flying in and camping under the wing has given Doug new experiences all around.

“I’ve never done this before, just sit out and watch the airplanes land,” Doug said. “I’ve always been here to see the planes and the exhibits; I’ve never just watched the planes land.”

Doug said with all the things to see and do he’s just “looking forward to having a good time.”

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