Monday was my first day finding my way around at Oshkosh.
Rains and soggy ground had changed all the plans.
But I had made it there.
Rather than camping, I was staying with friends in town and driving to
the airport every morning.
I managed to arrive early enough to get a spot in the Blue Lot
(the one near the main entrance) every day.
From the main gate, I went straight to Aeroshell Square and started exploring
from there. All directions and back again.
My first day's exploration focused more on seeing display aircraft and booths.
But as the week went on, I added forums, talks and workshops to each
AirVenture 2010's official theme was "a salute to veterans".
The DC-3 mass arrival with a 22-plane formation was history-making on its own
as they filled the sky with historic looks and sounds.
(It was 22 by my count from my photos,
which was one more than I was told by people at the time.)
It's probably the biggest formation of DC-3's since 1945,
and maybe since D-Day according to some.
In addition to those that came in the mass arrival, EAA later said they
counted 39 DC-3's at AirVenture 2010.
They were coming for the 75th anniversary of the DC-3.
It probably also marks the last time that many of them will be in one place.
I watched the beginning of the air show. The DC-3's, B-17s, P-51s and others
made it seem like the clock was rolled back to 1945.
But since there was an air show every day, I took most of the afternoon this
day to go see the seaplane base.
They said the "best effort" for the warbirds at the air show would be Tuesday.
This days pictures were mostly taken with a Digital SLR camera.
10 were taken with a cell phone, and are listed first.