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Old 07-25-2007, 12:07 PM
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Default OSH 2007 (35 ship formation part II)

This is really amazing - a work of art. Congrats to all involved - I really hope to be #36 up there some day!


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Old 07-25-2007, 01:08 PM
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Wow! that is beautiful. I know some of those guys.

I see Hog!
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Old 07-25-2007, 01:32 PM
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I had been ignoring these formation pics with a "seen it, show me some cool paint jobs" but in viewing this photo I was struck with the amazing precision they have achieved with this huge formation. Wow ! I am guessing that few other homebuilts would be capable of such precision flying.
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Old 07-27-2007, 10:58 AM
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Default 35-ship Pilot Names

Well, the planning, practice, and execution of the 35-ship formation to honor Van's 35 anniversary of being at OSH is now history. Could not have happened without 35 pilots from the 4 corners of the country willing to take leave, use personal funds, submit to the discipline of formation flying, and work very hard at flying in a stressful environment. They did a great job. Here are their names by the designated 4-ship flight order.

Alpha
1 Stu McCurdy (Falcon), RV8, Round Rock TX
2 Bill Gunn (Gunnbody), RV-4, Austin TX
3 Steve Richmond (Lizard), RV-6A, Corsicana TX
4 Roy Geer (Jarhead), RV-6, Hicks Field, Ft Worth TX

Bravo
1 Lowell Lemay (Pfantom), RV-7, Round Rock TX
2 Rusty Williams (Rooster), RV-7A, Grande Prairie TX
3 Brad Peacock (Wingnut), RV-4, Corona CA
4 Dave Klages (Hog), RV-8, Corona del Mar CA

Charlie
1 Ken Harrill, RV-6, Columbia SC
2 Tad Sargent (Stripes), RV-7A,Davidson NC
3 Danny Kight (Speedy), RV-6, Anderson SC
4 James Clark, RV-6, Columbia SC

Delta
1 Gregg Wilson(Wizz), RV-4, Batavia OH
2 Bud Newhouse (Joker), RV-8, Cincinnati OH
3 Greg Reese (Greese), RV-8, Alexandria KY
4 Ron Geileghem, RV-8, Glendale OH

Echo
1 Mike Stewart (Kahuna), RV-8, Cumming GA
2 Jon Berndsen (Reno), RV-6, Cumming GA
3 Jerry Morris (Widget), RV-8, Dahlonega GA
4 Joe Blank, RV-6, Molalla OR

Foxtrot
1 Dan Checkoway (Sharpie), RV-7, Chino Hills CA
2 Gary Sobek (Condor), RV-6, Manhatten Beach CA
3 Paul Rosales (Rosie), RV-6A, Rosamond CA
4 Scott Farner (Debris), RV-7A, Anaheim CA

Golf
1 Bob Goodman (Subob), RV-4, Atlanta GA
2 Trish Russell (Schoolmom), RV-6A, Redlands CA
3 Glen Miller (Dogg), RV-8, Gahanna OH
4 Luke Ellwood (Hooter), RV-4, Springboro OH

Hotel
1 Don Pfeiffer (Taco), RV-8, Poplar Grove IL
2 Larry Dagley (Bones), RV-4, Crystal Lake IL
3 Bill Turner (Pappy), RV-8, Marengo IL
4 Brad Sharp (Dagger), RV-4, Casa Grande AZ

India
1 Mark Dulaney (Dula), RV-6A, Las Vegas NV
2 Glenn Smith (Taz), RV-8, Henderson NV
3 Mike Smith (KB), RV-6A, Henderson NV

35 RVs arrive at SQI for practice, 5 maintenance problems fixed, 35 planes takeoff Sunday afternoon and land as 4-ship echelons at OSH, 1 maintenance problem fixed, 35 RVs fly first performance, 2 maintenance problem solved, 35 RVs fly second performance. Some had doubts it could be done. Teamwork made it happen.

Congratulations and my compliments to all.
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Old 07-27-2007, 11:57 AM
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The picture says it all, but, there is no doubt that that 35 ship formation was the best large formation ever flown at Oshkosh. My congratulations to all involved!
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Old 07-27-2007, 03:10 PM
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Default Wallpaper formation image now online...

...on the front page of www.vansaircraft.com. This is a new one (properly re-sized to 1024x768).

Enjoy!

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Old 07-27-2007, 05:07 PM
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It was extremely gratifying to bring together all these pilots with varying skill, practice and focus on the end game, work as a team, and pull this off. It was an amazing feat and I was proud to be a part of it and humbled by the character of the pilots involved. Special thanks to Stu McCurdy for organizing this. Could not have been done with out his leadership and focus.
I still cant believe how well the formations were executed. The pictures say it all. That does not happen by accident I assure you. Lots of practice and laser focus on the end game. What a tribute to Vans and these pilots listed above.

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Old 07-27-2007, 08:08 PM
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Thumbs up awesome

ive had my doubts about formations in the past but this is awe inspiring to see. well done guys...and gal
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Old 07-28-2007, 09:21 AM
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Folks,
It was an honor to be part of the Oshkosh Formation Team this year. Special thanks to Falcon and Kahuna. Their planning, leadership and execution were flawless which led to a very successful tribute to Van. The pictures tell the tale, they are amazing!

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Old 07-28-2007, 10:09 AM
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Default What an honor and lots of fun

I too am proud to have been a part of this effort. Without Stu and Kahuna it would not have happened. Hard work and lots of practice did pay off at OSH.
Van also came over and talked to us and has a photo op with us all before the flight Tuesday and that was great to get to meet and talk to him.
Thanks to all the pilots for their hard and safe work to make this happen.
I can't envision what 40 will look like but I'm sure Stu and Kahuna will make it happen.
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