It had been 3 years since my last trip to Airventure, and this time I went with Daniel. We both flew to Milwaukee (direct via Southwest) and then drove the last bit with a rental car (1h30 each way, not too bad). I was actually flying from Osaka to SFO that day, and arrived in time to connect to our Southwest flight and arrive tuesday evening around 22:00 at our hotel. This time I picked the AmericInn because it was walking distance from one of the gates (still had to take a bus/shuttle, but it only took around 20mn once on the bus, so not too bad).
Nice to see the heat concentrator during the flight, again
This year, I probably went to too many talks, so even though we had 4 days, I didn't have the time to see all the expos carefully enough once you add watching at least one airshow in the afternoon. I could have used 5 days, or next time I'll need to cut the airshow (sad) or just see fewer talks (although at least half of them were quite worthwhile, so it's a tough call).
Here are pictures of various parked planes, and warbirds:
that is a _very_ long nose
Airbus had a hybrid-electric plane that could burn fuel to recharge batteries if needed
an experimental heli trainer with a single seat? mmmmh...
prop and engines that retract back inside the glider? cool...
And then, there was this beast with a big turbine engine. The video barely expresses how loud this plane was:
Center stage had interesting planes on display every day:
Then, we had warbirds:
I didn't have/take/spend enough time to go see the multiple booths and tents, but here are a few pictures anyway:
very cool, sky surfing behind a tow plane, what could possibly go wrong ;)
augmented reality glasses would be great if the technology was ready
in the meantime the made up demo looked cool :)
Lots of other tents, with random plane bits to buy, or other things:
this one will buff right out :)
you can learn how to build your own plane
I was even able to get my global entry card fixed, sweet! :)
Our 2nd morning, we got up early and showed up at the museum to do a heli ride at 08:00 and avoid the long 1-2H waits later in the day:
A few pictures from the museum, they seem to change their displays:
Next, time to mention the many talks I went to, some were quite good:
I've seen Dick Rutan talk several times, but enjoy it each time
a U2 landing on an aircraft carrier, madness...
pilot of the original U2 vs the newest glass cockpit U2
Patty, nicely signing autographs
And last, but not least, pictures from the airshows: prop planes, jet planes, and a long demonstration from the canadian snowbirds. Then we also had the night airshow and the fireworks:
tora tora tora, attack from the Japanese planes
lucky us, we got a U2 overfly
The snowbirds were awesome:
And then came the night show and fireworks:
with a wall of fire as finale
This was a good time as always, even if I'm a bit sad to have missed the olden days when you could see an SR71 flyby, or a concorde doing a touch and go in front of the audience :)