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We are going to have a combined banquet this year with the Dragonfly gang. We have had a lot of fun with them at the last two fly-ins at Ottawa, KS. This should be as good also. It will be held at:

Butch's Anchor Inn

Friday Eve, July 30th

7:00 pm Open bar - 8:00 pm Dinner

"Family Style" - $12.00 per person

Lower Level

There will be an open bar from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. The dinner will be family style with 3 different entree's, haddock, sirloin tips, chicken and all the fixin's which will be served at 8:00 P.M. Those of you that have gone there before know that it's excellent food!

Pre-registration is required at the Great Plains Aircraft Supply booth in the Central Exhibit Building by not later than 1:00 P.M. Friday. If everyone could register as soon as possible after their arrival at Oshkosh it will be greatly appreciated, we must give them an estimate by midday Thursday. Pre-registration may also be mailed to our banquet coordinator, but he must receive them by no later than July 21st. Any questions feel free to give Spud a call - (913) 764-5118.

Mail to: Bill Spornitz (that's Spud), 1112 Layton Drive, Olathe, KS 66061

(913) 764-5118


Oshkosh Looking Ahead

Visitors to the 1993 Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In Convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin will see several aviation firsts this year.

EAA Oshkosh will host the inaugural Aeroshell Speed Dash, a three-kilometer Formula 1 air race sponsored by the Shell Oil Company, manufacturer of Aeroshell aviation oil.

The event, held July 29-Aug. 4, is the first event in the history of aviation to bring together five of the world's fastest Formula 1 racers specifically to set a new world speed record. The current Formula 1 record, 261.45 miles per hour (420.77 kilometers per hour) was set by Phillip Fogg of Corvallis, Oregon on Aug. 20, 1983.

"This world record attempt is something entirely new for EAA Oshkosh," said Convention Chairman Tom Poberezny. "It's a great opportunity for Convention visitors who have never experienced Formula 1 racing or a world speed record attempt to see first hand the skill and technology that is required."

One airplane will make an attempt on the record each day during the afternoon air show. Competing aircraft will race down the three-kilometer course at speeds well over 250 miles per hour and at an altitude of about 35 feet. During the final days of the show, the airplanes with the best qualifying times will compete in a head-to-head competition for first place and possibly a new world speed record.

To set a speed record that can be certified by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), the world governing body of aviation, the airplanes must make four passes through a three kilometer "speed trap" within 30 minutes. The average of those four passes is then tallied and recorded as the official attempt. Minimum altitude and performance standards must also be met.

The following pilots and airplanes will participate in the race:

* 1992 Reno Champion Jon Sharp, Lancaster, California, in Nemesis

* Jim Miller, San Antonio, Texas in Pushy Cat

* Bruce Bohannon, Alvin, Texas in Pushy Galore

* Hep Porter, Santa Cruz, California in Sitting Duck

* Jim Bumford, San Diego, California in Bummer's Bullet. This airplane was the top qualifier at last year's Reno Formula 1 race.

All five planes were the top finishers at the National Championship Air Races last September in Reno, Nevada.

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.'s "Bud One Airship" also will make its first appearance at the convention this year.

Known as the official flagship of the Budweiser brand, the 194-foot blimp began a nationwide aerial tour this year, starting with the Super Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Constructed of a non-rigid polyurethane-coated polyester skin and filled with non-flammable helium gas, the airship will make daily flights in and around the Oshkosh area. When not flying it will be tethered nearby at the EAA Air Adventure Museum's Pioneer Airport.

Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft Company, the first to market an all-composite, four-place kitplane - will introduce another innovation at Oshkosh '93: the world's first lightning-protected composite airplane, the Glasair III-LP.

A thin layer of electrically conductive expanded aluminum foil has been incorporated into the surface of the airplane's composite skin to make it resistant to the harmful effects of lightning strikes. Other improvements include enhanced electrical bonding of exterior components, the addition of lightning-resistant fuel filler caps to prevent fuel ignition, and the inclusion of structures that minimize electrical surges.

Developed under a NASA research contract, the Glasair III-LP demonstrator will be on display at the NASA exhibit.

The EAA has always been committed to aviation education. This year, more than 500 educational forums, workshops and seminars will be offered at the convention.

At least two airplanes - maybe more - are expected to be awarded type certificates at this year's EAA Oshkosh fly-in following FAA approval for a new "Sportplane" category of factory-built aircraft.

A half-dozen kitplane manufacturers have applied to have one or more of their designs certified for production, and several are scheduled to undergo final FAA flight tests prior to Oshkosh, July 29-Aug. 4.

Airplanes with a shot at early certification include Avid Aircraft's Mark IV, Zenair's Zodiac CH601 and CH2000, Murphy's Rebel, The Quicksilver GT500, and Laron's Streak Shadow.

Aviation pioneers honored

This year, EAA is honoring three groups from World War II in addition to a history of air transports in the post-war era.

As part of the EAA five-year tribute to the 50th anniversary of World War II, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) will be recognized at a special evening program at the Convention's "Theater in the Woods" on Monday, Aug. 2.

Established in 1942, the WASPs performed maintenance flight tests, towed targets and ferried airplanes to bases throughout the United States and England so the male pilots would be free for combat. More than 25,000 women volunteered to serve, though only about 1,850 actually served. Of those, more than 70 were killed or injured in accidents.

The Convention will also honor the 56th Fighter Group, which between 1943 and 1945 shot down more enemy aircraft than any other fighter group in the Eighth Air Force.

Five aces from the group, which became known as "Zemke's Wolfpack," will participate in the weeklong activities. They include Group Commander Hubert "Hub" Zemke; Francis "Gabby" Gabreski, the highest scoring World War II ace still living; Gerald and Robert Johnson; and Walker "Bud" Mahurin.

Another World War II ace, retired Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, will be reunited with the P-51 Mustang he flew during the war. The airplane, "Scat VII," was restored by its present owner, Jim Shuttleworth and will be displayed at the north end of the convention site. Scat VII is one of only two aircraft assigned to an American ace that still exists today.

Olds, who retired as the Commandant of the Air Force Academy, will share his aviation experiences and answer questions in the Scat VII display area.

Also part of the historical program will be a weeklong salute to the history of air transportation. Several antique and classic airline transports will take part.

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