EAA Airshow 2016 + Video

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane, by those who could not hear the music.
— credited to Friedrich Nietzsche

Warning Long Post and Video
Isn’t it interesting how often we act, or fail to act based on information? We’ve now been here in Wisconsin for just over a year, and this summer has been really fantastic! To begin with, we’re not unpacking truckloads of boxes, buying pieces of furniture we need for a different place, or figuring out how to handle a winter’s worth of snow. This summer we can go out fishing, and we actually know how to get to a place AND get back home again without getting lost!

Mention the city of Oshkosh, and the first thing many people will respond with is, “Oshkosh, b’Gosh!” and smile with fond memories of overalls. The second thing people will refer to is “the air show,” better known as EAA — Experimental Air Adventure — and also known as the AirVenture. You can talk to anyone in the airplane world, anywhere in the world, at any airport or landing strip, and they’ll know about Oshkosh.

In fact, the city name is unique in all the world. We watched a great documentary put together by the Wisconsin Historical Society, learning about how the city came to be and why it’s so important. With all the lumber in the upper Midwest, Oshkosh became a central gathering place for the cut trees. It’s at the mouth of the Fox river, directly connected to the Wolf river and about 300 square miles of lakes. It was originally settled by the Menominee Indians, and we have a huge park, coincidentally called Menominee Park. What are the odds that someone would come up with a name that strange, and it just happens to be almost exactly the same as a tribe of Indians? Amazing!

Okay, so there was a very important chief, back when the Americans were moving ever-outward in the country, taking over land and resources. Chief Oshkosh was a superb public speaker, well-versed in oratory, argument, rhetoric and persuasion. He went to Washington to speak with the President, and basically saved the area from being completely taken over by the American government.

At first, the land was used for the wealth in fish and animals, with the French coming together with the Menominee to develop the fur trade. That gave way to the lumber industry, and the incorporation of the city of Oshkosh in the early 1800s. The city became known as the Sawdust Capital of the world because of the never-ending cutting and milling of trees. You could smell the fresh scent of sawdust everywhere, and today we have the Sawdust Days Festival in Menominee park. Lots of carnival rides, souvenirs, vendors, crafts, food, bands, and noise.

Fast-forward to the end of July, each summer, and the creation of the AirVenture show. This is the largest airshow in the world, and little Whittman airport becomes the busiest airport in the world for two weeks. For example, they had 3100 air “events” (landings or take-offs) on Thursday alone! Not only that, but although it might be a regional airport, the runways have been built to land the largest plane in the world: the C-5 Galaxy military transport.

Having looked at some YouTube videos of people landing private planes for the EAA, we learned that the primary traffic approach control is in Fisk, which is the town at the end of the road that passes by where we live. The controller routinely tell private plane pilots, “Follow Fisk Avenue and the railroad tracks until you come to Kathy and Craig’s house. Then go over the lake, and land when someone tells you to on a colored dot!”

We had no idea that our house is an international navigation landmark!

Actually, the controllers use Fisk Avenue and the railroad tracks to direct small planes to the start of the runways, where the airport control tower can see them. We have upwards of 1-million visitors during the 10 days of the show, with huge numbers of people flying in on home-built planes or small commercially manufactured planes (e.g., Cessna, Gulf-Stream, etc.) They can land 3 planes at a time, in some cases, based on the colored dots and different runways.

Last summer during the show, we would hear planes and jets everywhere. We’d quick go to the window to see what was happening, and see nothing. Or we’d see a formation of anywhere from 4 to 16 planes flying around for some reason. While fishing, we’d see, maybe, a B-52 bomber come flying right over us at about 100 feet! Talk about loud?! But that wasn’t even close to racket made by the F-16 or F-22 fighter planes!

So: This year we discovered EAA Radio, not only streamed online, but also available on FM radio. Suddenly, we got to hear WHY all this was going on, and WHAT was happening! All the really loud revving of engines and the buzz of planes made sense when we heard the underlying narration of the “aerobatics.” These are pilots (pretty much lunatics) who fly planes in ways they never were intended to be flown — the old-fashioned barn-stormers!

We also know enough about the city now, that we were able to drive all over, to places right off the airport grounds. We were in a parking lot, along with many of the local folks, and watched the arrival of the Canadian Snowbirds. They’re the Canadian version of the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels precision flying teams. They came in with 9 jets, in perfect, exact alignment…right over our heads!

There was one aerobics pilot from Kentucky who flew a bi-plane at 150mph down the runway, 18 feet off the tarmac in order to cut one of two ribbons being held aloft on some poles. That was pretty astounding, considering he did it upside down! But then he decided to cut the second ribbon by flying on edge, with the wings facing the ground and sky. Also at 150mph, he sort of danced the plane along in a hop and skip format and sliced the ribbon. Why? Because it’s cool-looking!

We went to the outlet mall parking lot Wednesday night, to watch the night show and see some of the biggest and best fireworks we’ve ever seen! They’re put together by many of the sponsors of the EAA, including GE, Lockheed-Martin, Oshkosh Defense, Hewlett-Packard, and just about every other corporation involved in the air industry. So you can imagine: There isn’t a shortage of money for fireworks!

There was a historical re-enactment of the bombing of Tora Tora and Pearl Harbor, all with original, vintage antique planes that have been lovingly restored to perfect condition. The entire sky was filled with every imaginable plane you’ve ever seen in a World War II movie (they have a special FAA waiver). They blew up the runway with firepots set off electronically, and strafed the runway with heavy cannon-fire from all sorts of planes. There were Japanese Zeroes, German Fokkers, Russian MiGs and lots of whatever-they-are jet fighters and prop planes: Even a B-25 bomber blowing up things.

All this because we suddenly could hear the “music,” so to speak! Just having the ongoing information played across the radio suddenly turned a world of chaos into a fabulous choreography of planes and motion. And to think: We live here!

Below is my 1st attempt and creating a video of what we saw at the EAA Airshow. Some our pictures that I took with my camera but also video that show the night airshow. That was taken across the street from the Oshkosh Outlet Mall. You can see how close those planes got as they lit up the sky. Could be better but I think I will improve with time. First time using Windows Movie Maker.

Because I don’t have the Premium version of WordPress I uploaded it to YouTube

 

2 Related Links
EAA Highlights
Night Aerobatics up close

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IB Designs Open For Orders & New Beginnings

It’s been awhile since I have posted. Life has been busy for us since we moved up here a couple of months ago. Although we still have some odd and end boxes we are mostly settled in.

First off IB Designs, USA is now open for orders. Originally we thought we would open in June but it took us longer then anticipated. The picture below with our signal flags says “Now Open”. We thank our customers for their patience the last few months since we were closed to orders.

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In-between unpacking and getting the house in order we have discovered some really nice parks and fishing areas. We love it here in Oshkosh, WI and the idea that there is so much water around. The 2 pictures below are of Craig and I. He caught a 4 lb drum as you can see in the picture! These were taken from the Fox River in Oshkosh. Below is assorted pictures we have taken.

Lastly we took some pics of some of the areas that we have fished. One place is called Asylum Point Park. It’s a cove between the 2 points of Lake Winnebago. It’s so relaxing. They have a lighthouse that we took pics of. Enjoy!

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Fox River in Oshkosh,WI
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Fox River in Oshkosh, WI
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Asylum Point Park
Asylum Point Park
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Asylum Point Park

Back to School and Fun Video

This summer has sure gone by fast. When I am out and about I see lots of people shopping for school supplies. That means that school will be starting soon and we are moving closer to Fall. I put this picture together just for fun. The signal flags spell “School”

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Also once in awhile I like to put a video together with our pictures. Enjoy, since this time of year is so hectic trying to get supplies, schedules and everything together.

IB Designs, USA

Nautical Christmas Decorating Ideas

If you love nautical decorations as much as I do then with the Christmas season arriving soon why not decorate your home with a nautical coastal decor. In just a few weeks I will be decorating and love some of these ideas. On Pinterest I have a board called Christmas Ideas. Here is a preview of some of the many ways you can decorate your home.

Love this tree!

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Clever idea with Fish Bowls

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Beach Christmas Decoration

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Signal flag banners spell: Valance Top-CHRISTMAS   Vertical left- NOEL   BZ banner right means Well Done    Horizontal bottom- HOLIDAYS

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Nautical Christmas Tree

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Will be adding to this board on Pinterest. For signal flag banners personalized to spell anything that you want check out our website at IB Designs, USA

5th Year Anniversary Blogging

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That old expression that times fly when your having fun is so true. I realized the other day that I have been blogging weekly now for 5 years. I am really enjoying it and plan to blog for a long time. Here is a link to my first post which I wrote in 10-06-07. I made a promise to myself that I would try to post weekly and have held to that.

I started this blog as a extension to our website which we started in 2005. It was just a little one page flyer. If people wanted to order they would email us with what they wanted spelled out in signal flags. It certainly has grown over the last 7 years with several pages now and also our product line. Plus a custom shopping cart where we except Google Checkout.

Some of the stats for my blog I have stated below.

Number of Posts- 262

All time Views- 106,200

Total people who follow this blog- 48

Busiest day of views- 2,321 on Sept 11th, 2012

We now tend to get between 100-200 views each day. Not a lot by some standards but love the fact that it is growing.

Big thanks to those that read my blog!

IB Designs, USA

New London, CT- A Seaport City

I am always looking for creative and unusual ways that people use Signal Flags. Recently it came to my attention that New London, CT has a beautiful display of signal flags posted on the police headquarters welcoming people to New London. The New London Rotary Club did this has a project and you can see the results below. With permission photos below were taken by Rick Gipstein. He is a member of the New London Rotary Club and they did this as a project. He is an architect and a signal flag fan.
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New London also has a big naval base. The Naval Submarine Base New London is located in the southeastern corner of Connecticut in the County of New London. The base is settled amongst historic villages and busy urban centers in the city of Groton. Naval Submarine Base New London is the Navy’s first submarine base and “Home of the Submarine Force.” Every officer and nearly every enlisted Sailor in the submarine force will be assigned here at least one time during a military career, carrying on a tradition that’s more than a 100 years old. If you wish to read more click on the link to read about the history of it.

Lastly here is a view of New London, Connecticut from across the Thames River at Ft. Griswold Battlefield State Park in Groton.

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Photo taken by Ralph Thayer on July 22, 2004 at 11:04 A.M. from Wikipedia Commons
New London is a seaport city and a port of entry on the northeast coast of the United States. It is located at the mouth of the Thames River

What a great place it would be to visit and hope you enjoyed this post.