Wittman Field made it impossible for the “Cherokees
2 Osh” group to conduct their “50 on the 50th Anniversary” mass
arrival Friday, the participants made the best of a bad situation by
camping together at Waupaca Airport, about an hour west of Oshkosh.
Terry Hocking, leader of the Cherokees
group, says that the mood of the participants is excellent.
“The mood out here is energized,
enthusiastic.” says Hocking. “They’re all saying, ‘what’s our
theme gonna be for next year? ‘
“This was our year to meet each other,
next year is it’s gonna be ‘second time’s a charm’, or ‘this
time we did it right’, or something like that.
“We’ve got a wonderful group of
committed people out here.”
The group has made do in Waupaca, their
marshalling point for the event.
With lots of good help from Wisconsin
locals they’ve found enough places to sleep, and even managed to move
their banquet, which was originally planned for the EAA Pavilion, to
“You people are wonderful in Wisconsin,”
raves Hocking. Waupaca is outside of their caterer’s normal area, but
they agreed to send a small staff out there, which allowed Hocking and
his group to have their banquet as planned.
One silver lining of the delay is it
gives Cherokees 2 Osh a chance to complete their formation training,
which had been delayed due to all the recent bad weather.
So while they’re waiting they are
keeping busy with training missions to improve their proficiency in the
tricky skill of flying close to other planes.
“We’re still training…We got 12
airplanes up today.”