visitors amble past a bright yellow T-6G Texan trainer reflected
in a rippling pool at the warbirds area. Photo by Frederick A.
Moist? Maybe. Negative? Never! The
unusually wet weather at Oshkosh prompted some adaptations in the
Warbirds area, where heavyweight bombers and light liaisons were
generally kept on the pavement over the weekend.
Warbirds of America Director Jud Nogle
said Saturday, “We can’t put anything on the grass right now,” due
to standing water and soft sod conditions. While a few warbirds found
high ground, most were being parked on pavement. Nogle said Warbirds
officials were discouraging large arrivals for a few days.
Twenty T-28 trainers scheduled to fly in
the Monday show have paved parking earmarked for them; some other
warbirds are banking on drying conditions over the next several days.
“We’re hurting for parking spaces,” Nogle said, but friendly
forecasts are expected to improve the situation. “Twenty-four hours
may make a big difference in what we can do,” he said.
It’s a double-whammy for some warbird
operators, who bring recreational vehicles to live in while at
AirVenture. Inundated campgrounds have taken a number of parking places
out of the equation temporarily. But Nogle notes everyone remains in
good spirits, adapting to the conditions. “We’re so fortunate to
have the volunteers we have,” Nogle said. “In 40 years, this has
EAA is taking proactive steps to reduce
standing water, employing pumps and long runs of fire hose to drain
water into runoff ditches, he added. There’s an electronic window on
this world at http://AirVentureSiteUpdate.blogspot.com
where updates on airfield conditions are posted. Pundits are hoping for
an overcast of a different kind—an aluminum overcast—as hundreds of
warbirds darken the skies.