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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team












Wednesday, September 4, 2013

AirVenture Cup Races: Gathering at Mount Vernon and First Race

By Mark Nankivil and Leo Cachat












Mt. Vernon Outland Airport was the host for this year's AirVenture Cup cross country race held on July 28, the opening weekend of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013.  The Aero Experience was there the previous day to capture the drama of the racers gathering on the ramp and visitors checking out these unique aircraft.  On Saturday, July 27, a shorter 100 mile race was held in which the participants raced to the tip of Rend Lake and then returned to the airport.  The weather was beautiful with highs in the mid to upper 70's, and the sun came out from the clouds to make great lighting for these beautifully painted, colorful airplanes. Not all the aircraft present took part in the race, but the ones who did put on an impressive display as the winds turned gusty before the planes returned to Mt. Vernon Outland Airport to land.
 
Special thanks to Airport Manager Chris Collins for giving us tremendous access to the field and the EAA for putting on such a great event. 

Here is a select list of participants in the 2013 AVC Race and the airplanes they are flying:

Rene Dugas in the #007 Turbine Legend












 











Marty Abbott in the #104 Turbine Legend












 




Lee Behel in the #5 Pereira GP 5




















Keith Phillips in the #10 Swearingen SX-300















 

Alan Crawford in the #21 Lancair Legacy




 










 



 
John Wilson in the #42 Swearingen SX-300


 










 



 
Jim & Gwenn Cianci in the #60 Swearingen SX-300



 



 

 





 

Keith Walljasper in the # 80 Seawind


















 
Jay Behel in the #4 Pereira GP-4








 








 
Marc Quinn in the # 38 Lancair 360
 






 










Brent Bourgeois in the #61 Velocity RG





 










 
Steve Hammer in the #73 Glasair IT-D










 





 

 



Bruce Hammer in the #91 Glasair IT-D
























Klaus Savier & Jenny Tackabury  in the #111 Long EZ




 











 
Jeff Mallia in the #46 Cozy III







 





 









Rich & Heather Lamb in the #93 Long EZ


 








 







Mike Estu in the #115 Glasair I-TD









 







 

Kevin Phelps & Joe Conlon in the #11 RV-7A


 














Robert Axsom in the #71 RV-6A














 







Trevor Smith & Jim Huff in the #77 RV-6



















Jeff Barnes in the #411 RV-6



 















Tony Crawford in the #49 RV-4

  
 
 
 
 















Jerry Peck in the #3 Long EZ







Sam Hoskins in the #22 Quickie Q200























Leif Johnson in the #25 Vari Ez



















David Adams in the #83 Long Ez
 





 












 

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