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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

Thursday, August 14, 2014

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014: A New Season Begins from The Aero Experience Founder,
Carmelo Turdo

The Aero Experience is back!  You many have noticed we took a little time off from posting recently, but we are ready to resume our coverage of the great people and events of Midwest Aviation.  This time of year is our All-Star Break, when Carmelo and Fred attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and Mark and Leo cover other regional events for later publication.  We had many opportunities from which to choose over these last few weeks, and these great feature stories will start to appear on this site in the near future.  Our first very brief installment of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 coverage follows this short message.

The Aero Experience is primarily an advocate for Midwest Aviation, and we continue to present the positive aspects of this industry.  We know that there are plenty of detractors who shout loudly about negative issues like cost, political leadership and the environment, etc., so we don't need to take on that baggage.  Again, we seek out those who make a positive impact on the aviation industry and society to present their stories.  Our style of creating original, first-hand reporting of Midwest Aviation activities in a digestible, photo-journalism format has found a growing interest from a diverse readership.  We are pleased to serve anyone from die-hard aviation gear-heads to those with only a passing interest in the current feature story.  We maintain a clear focus on Midwest Aviation, but also include forays into related issues and other geographic areas as our interest and travels allow.
We would like to thank those who have visited The Aero Experience and have spread the word - we are grateful to our ever-growing audience.  We also thank those who have been part of our feature stories over the years - we hope our presentation has given credit to your accomplishments.  We very much thank our continuing sponsors of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 coverage, Air Associates of Missouri and Air Associates of Kansas.  These Air Associates Cessna Pilot Centers have been generous with their time and resources to help launch our extended coverage of America's national aerospace event for the last two years.  And last, but not least, thanks to the rest of The Aero Experience Team - Mark Nankivil, Fred Harl and Leo Cachat -  for their dedication and self-sacrifice to make all this possible.  Let's have another great year in Midwest Aviation!

Now for a whirlwind tour of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014!

Aerial view of Boeing Plaza from Fred's Bell 47 ride

Aerial view of Homebuilt aircraft parking from Fred's Bell 47 ride

Crowd line for Friday's Thunderbirds performance

Typical crowd on the air show line

Rex Pemberton shows his wingsuit after landing by parachute 

Jetcar pilot Bill Braack fires up before racing Mike Wiskus

Justin Lewis shows off the Microjet's new wrap

The Aeroshell Team gracefully flies the T-6 Texan

This B-25 Mitchell bomber represents the air show warbirds

Gene Soucy flies with Teresa Stokes on his wing

U.S. Coast Guard rescue demonstration at the air show

U.S. Marines MV-22 Osprey flies at the airshow

USAF Thunderbirds take off for Friday's air show

USAF Thunderbirds Diamond Pass In Review

USAF Thunderbirds Calypso Pass

Tin Stix of Dynamite formation in front of the Wall of Fire

Gene Soucy night show performance

Both "Old Crow" P-51s in the Warbirds Area

P-51s under a typical Oshkosh afternoon sky

Two of the P-40s that were in the Warbirds Area

Reenactors demonstrate uniforms worn by WWII crews

Fairchild 24 and Luscombe 8 in the Vintage Area

Benoist Type XVI "The Lark of Duluth" in the Vintage Area

Gee Bee Racer replica also flew in the air show

The only flying metal fuselage Lockheed Vega in the Vintage Area

One of several Ford Trimotors giving rides all week

Pilatus PC-12 used by Amelia Rose Earhart on a recent world flight

Amelia Rose Earhart poses with the world flight PC-12

Cirrus SR22 used by the Michael Goulian Red Bull Racing Team

The SLU/Parks College team with their exhibit tent

...Now on the "Heaven's Gate" mailing list...

EAA AirVenture Museum was open all week

Former winners of Bill Barber Award gather with Greg Koontz

"Let's call it a day!"



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