For me, Friday was workshops and forums.
The crowds were ramping up to the maximum on Saturday.
The airport had significantly dried out from earlier rains -
so aircraft parking and camping had swelled to looking full.
There was a lot yet to see. And time was running out to see it.
I attended the morning Composite Construction workshop.
These aircraft construction related workshops are offered
every morning and afternoon at
AirVenture as 1-hour condensed versions of weekend courses that
EAA offers regularly around the country.
At one point I had intended to attend more of the workshops.
There just wasn't time for the others
as new things kept getting added to my schedule.
I also saw Sully and Skiles talk about their experiences with Flight 1549,
the "Miracle on the Hudson".
Capt Sullenberger gave an intro and then sat at the side letting
Skiles talk the rest of the time.
Either being a celebrity may be taking its toll or he's letting Skiles
get some well-deserved attention too.
Investigator Larry Rooney also spoke in the forum.
When I got a quick chance to say some words to Jeff Skiles after the talk,
I just thanked him for coming to Oshkosh.
OK, I know he's a Wisconsin resident and has been coming to Oshkosh
for a long time.
But making him feel appreciated seemed better than most people were doing.
For example, people continued walking up to him to have pictures taken with
him, completely oblivious that he had just politely said he had to get going.
I also got more air show pictures.
The fireballs in the pictures are show explosives which were purposely
set on the other side of the runway from the crowd.
They're to act like the planes are dropping bombs
like these did in WWII or Vietnam -
except they wouldn't drop bombs near a runway they need to land on.
(I had to mention this because someone always asks.)
This days pictures were mostly taken with a Digital SLR camera.
4 were taken with a cell phone, and are listed first.