Adam Donaldson Jr. and his Dad, Adam Sr. from Gaithersburg,
Maryland, are looking forward to the F-22s and the big
explosions of the weekend air shows.
caught my attention was the red dragon on the tail.
Donaldson, his son Adam Jr., and friend Doug Holly are securing
their plane and setting up their gear in the North 40 campground.
They arrived to AirVenture 2008 on Saturday from Gaithersburg,
is Adam’s fourth time to the fly-in. His memories of the first
visit are of being overwhelmed.
being blown away. The first year we left on Wednesday. I thought,
camping Saturday, Sunday, going to the show Monday, Tuesday would be
enough. But I remember leaving Wednesday thinking, it’s not
has been flying for five years. Doug, who has just earned his
private pilot certificate, is here for the first time.
made the half-day trip to Oshkosh in their club’s Cessna 177B
Cardinal. The red dragon on the tail has a story behind it. They
call it "the reluctant dragon."
a Civil Air Patrol squadron and a flying club. It has to do with the
Civil Air Patrol squadron."
seems that they are not your typical CAP squadron. Always doing
things differently and not quite fitting in.
renegades," says Adam. "So they call themselves the
reluctant dragons. The current president of the squadron used to
wear a red flight suit in the ’80s, and they used to give him such
a hard time for wearing it. So all of our club planes have the red
dragon on them."
their campsite set up in the North 40, they’re awaiting the
arrival of another member of their club. He’s inbound to
AirVenture for the first time, in his RV-7.
gets everyone at the flying club to come out and help with his
airplane. We’ve all been building his airplane for five or six
years. We’re happy to see it show up at Oshkosh."
is interested in checking out diesel engine technology at this year’s
fly-in. His interest in diesels is primarily for fuel savings and
diesel fuel is more expensive, but you figure this Cardinal burns
about 14 gallons an hour. And an equivalent diesel is gonna burn
about half as much. When you factor that in, along with fewer moving
parts, and theoretically lower maintenance costs. When you compare a
Lycoming or a Continental TBO to diesel you come out ahead even with
the retrofit costs."
is 9-year-old Adam Jr.’s third time to AirVenture. What does he
remember from his past visits?
"Ummm, our plane
got soaked. It rained." And what planes does he remember?
"I like the F-22 and the P-51."
Telfeyan is from Little Compton. Rhode Island,
and he flew his Cessna 172 here from his home field in New Bedford,
made the flight by way of Buffalo, New York, Big Rapids, Michigan,
then directly across Lake Michigan. All told it came to about 8.5
over the lake is weird," John says. "It makes you think.
Last year, before I left the eastern shore, I could see the western
shore. That was great. This time I see a lot of boats. This time it
was a bit hazy, and I didn’t see the other shore. But I was
fiddling along, and looking around, and suddenly there I was."
year was his first at AirVenture.
I left I had people tell me I wouldn’t believe it till I see it.
And when I got here, they were right. This is unreal."
talked a big loud warbird flew by us, taking off on Runway 27.
"That sound is always cool," he says.
like every aspect of the fly-in. I want to build a plane some day.
But I like everything, the warbirds, everything."
been flying since 1991. "It’s small, but it’s busy,"
he says of his New Bedford home field. "There’s a lot of
traffic to the islands. It’s not super busy, but it’s staying
Class D, which is good."
At last year’s
fly-in John met the folks from the Terrafugia "roadable"
car, and as a result of that meeting he now works for them.
"I’m their composites guy."
airplane is a 1999 172SP. He owns it with a friend, and has had it
for four years.
four years ago I thought, ‘I guess I should do this.’ The kids
are gone; we have enough money to do something.
I was talking to a friend who was advising me because he’s owned,
like, 15 planes, and this was my first. He mentioned that he was
talking to someone else about a 172, so I said, see if he’d like
to partner in it. So instead of two of us getting two 50-year-old
airplanes, we got one 5-year-old plane."
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