July 29, 2008

Don't Miss the EAA AirVenture Seaplane Base

This past weekend I made a whirlwind visit to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. I packed as much as I could into my twenty-four hours at the show. I intend to write more about the things I saw and experienced at AirVenture in the coming days. In the meantime I wanted to share an unexpected highlight, and also share a of my photos for those not able to make it to this years event.

I have attended AirVenture several times in the past. Though, I have never departed from the main event at Wittman Regional Airport to visit the Seaplanes. This year after checking out the few seaplanes that landed at the airport I decided to take the short bus ride to lagoon in the western shore of Lake Winnebago to check out the seaplanes. The moment I arrived I was so glad I made the trip. After leaving Wittman with the huge crowds and non-stop activity it was nice to take a quiet stroll down a wood-chipped path that opened up to a beautiful lagoon that serves as a the EAA AirVenture Seaplane Base.

For three dollars you can take a 15 minute pontoon boat ride through the lagoon giving you a chance to view the planes up-close. My pontoon boat captain had flown down from Canada earlier this week in his seaplane and enjoyed talking with us about all the planes in the cove.

So if you are are at Oshkosh or planning to make the pilgrimage later this week then take an hour or two to re-charge your batteries with a visit to the EAA AirVenture Seaplane Base.

Speaking of seaplanes, later in the day while walking through the exhibit hall I met George Erickson, author of True North. In his book he writes about his experiences flying through the Alaska, the Yukon and Northwest Territories in a Piper PA-11 Seaplane. After a brief conversation with him I knew I had to read his book. I look forward to cracking it open this evening.

I have uploaded a variety of my photos from my trip to Oshkosh including a few photos of the Seaplane base.

Posted by at July 29, 2008 9:47 PM
Comments

I think seaplanes would be something I'd eventually like to learn. Looks like a whole other beast that could be quite fun!

Posted by: Sarahnaut at July 29, 2008 11:13 PM | Reply

I love the one in the last batch with all the propellers in a row (Oshkosh_camera 012). You should sell prints next year.

Posted by: Mike at July 30, 2008 12:24 AM | Reply

Thanks for the PIREP. I checked out the seaplane base yesterday. It was a ton of fun.

Posted by: John at August 3, 2008 12:36 PM | Reply

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