AirVenture 2014

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Although the rest of my family had attended AirVenture on Monday and Tuesday, I waited until Wednesday to enter the airport. Even with Terry’s EAA membership discount, those daily tickets are expensive!

Anyway, we began our Wednesday in the homebuilt section. Terry hoped to see some Super Rebels built by other pilots. He explained to me that the instructions for the Super Rebel he and his Dad are building are incredibly vague at times. Seeing how other people completed their kit planes would help.

According to the ID card on this plane’s prop, it hails from Louisville, Kentucky.

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While we were riding the tractor-driven tram from one area of the airport to another, Terry spied Rebecca and her fellow pink-shirted campmates at this welding exhibit. Alas, the tram was moving at a relatively quick pace! I was tempted to jump off and talk to Rebecca, but I refrained, allowing her to enjoy the authentic (away-from-family!) camp experience.

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EAA AirVenture 2014
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Women Soar EAA AirVenture 2014

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This was Rebecca’s summer HIGHlight—she flew in a Ford Tri-Motor!

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Rebecca was 1 of 82 girls from across the United States who attended EAA’s Women Soar You Soar Aviation Camp in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Only 20 of those girls were selected for the Tri-Motor flights, so Rebecca was especially blessed to be one of them!

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The Ford Tri-Motor is uniquely constructed of corrugated aluminum. Here are some other facts regarding the “Tin Goose.”

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I’m glad Rebecca captured these excellent photos, since I wasn’t around to play photographer.

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above Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin

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Visible in this aerial photo is the Oshkosh Seaplane Base, which Rebecca later visited with her campmates.

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Rebecca enjoyed hearing stories from women aviation pioneers, such as the WASPs featured here.

In 1942, the United States was faced with a severe shortage of pilots, and leaders gambled on an experimental program to help fill the void: Train women to fly military aircraft so male pilots could be released for combat duty overseas.  The group of female pilots was called the Women Airforce Service Pilots — WASP for short.

Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls

You can find Rebecca just left of center in this mass of pink. She is standing directly behind the middle two WASP members. [If you click on the photo, it should open a larger image in Flickr.]

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On her 15th birthday, Rebecca texted: “I am up in the tower! :)” She meant this Oshkosh Air Traffic Control Tower, which she and some other campers toured.

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Also on her birthday (celebrated entirely away from her family, I might add), Rebecca attempted both MIG & TIG Welding and controlled EAA’s Flight Simulator. Other mentor-guided workshops she attended during the camp were Cross-country Flight Planning, and Wings: Exploration of Aerospace Engineering.

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On the final night of her 4-day camp, the neon-pink girls viewed an evening airshow.

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The Women Soar You Soar program was a fantastic experience for our Flygirl. She highly recommends this camp to other teen girls interested in aviation. Check the program website around April next year for 2015 camp details and online registration. Each teen who applies must also write an essay to accompany their application. We paid only $75 for the entire camp, which included a weeklong EAA AirVenture wristband and 3 days of room and board at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Of course, it cost a bit more than that to drive from Michigan to Wisconsin, pay for the rest of our family’s AirVenture tickets, and feed and lodge the rest of us, but those expenses must not count, right?

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all photos by Rebecca (except, I suppose, the group photo she was in:)
Women Soar You Soar Aviation Camp
EAA AirVenture 2014
Oshkosh, Wisconsin