The happiest place on earth today was surely Oshkosh, Wisconsin, home to Airventure the past 50 years. The sun shined, the fields dried and, area by area, parking spots officially reopened to incoming traffic. Homebuilt parking – Open. General Aviation parking- Open. IAC parking – Open! On Day 1 of AirVenture the tide turned and ‘normal’ is within sight!

It brought out the smiles from all of us
EAA staff member Sarina Houston and a young Ray Scholar had much to smile about.
The afternoon airshow brought out the local Oshkosh residents in big numbers and thousands of out of town visitors continued to pour in.
Sonia Sani and Jessica Voruda were all smiles
A smiling Becky Hofmeister-Timblin & her 1940 J3 are tied down in Vintage.
Pioneering air race pilot Edna Gardner Wythe flew this aircraft, a Meyers 200B, N34393 at Reno and other air races. It’s currently owned by Bruce & Carlene Mayes of Honolulu, HI. (Pictured: Owner Carlene, Judy, Anne Wright)
Tamara Griffith – Happy to be at OSH
Even the Vintage pin-up girl took a moment to smile for the cameras.
Jeanne, with her & hubby Dave Allen’s 1934 WACO YKC, a previous AirVenture Grand Champion, took time to chat with me.
Jill Manka’s here with her beautiful Aeronca Champ.
And here’s the one and only Van’s Aircraft RV-5 parked in Homebuilts.
Draco, the badass monster bush plane is here too, one performance I’m particularly looking forward to!

Ladies, if you’re at Airventure – Day 2, Tuesday, please don’t miss our LadiesLoveTaildraggers noon lunch at the Tall Pines Cafe. Location, just before the ultralight field. Ride the tram! Hope to see ya there.

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