If you're flying to OSH next month, you've probably downloaded the 2019 NOTAM. However, in your rush to examine the arrival procedures, you may or may not have looked at the photo on the front cover...the first "official" EAA Convention at KOSH in 1970. (The 1958 Convention was held at Oshkosh in concert with a air racing meet, but the whole thing was such a mess that everyone tries to forget it.)
I happened have a copy of the original on my hard drive, left over from article research (see "The First Grand Champion", Kitplanes
, July 2015). The photo is from Bob Whittier's October 1970 Sport Aviation article titled Oshkosh Observations
. Members can download it from the magazine archives on the EAA website. Highly recommended reading; it's really interesting to see how far we've come.
For sure it's great fun to look at the 1970 photo and orient yourself to today's show. The entire thing was tiny in comparison, generally north of Waukau and east of Knapp. Can you locate today's HBC (The Sea of RVs), the Warbirds area, the Forums, the Vans tent, and (of course) the RV Social?
Ok, so who was there in 1970? 1975? 1980? We have older readers who attended the 1970 show and many subsequent. Can we hear some stories about past Oshkosh adventures?