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   Vol. 15  No. 52
Monday July 11, 2016

Oshkosh By Gosh Helluva Air Show

Oshgosh By Gosh Helluva Air Show

     More than 10,000 aircraft and a half million flight enthusiasts will turn Wittman Regional Airport—a place you may have never heard of—into action central from July 25-31, when it transforms into the busiest airfield in the world for the EAA’s annual AirVenture Oshkosh.
     The weeklong event is thrilling and provides some genuine, knee-slapping summer fun. Oshkosh draws visitors from more than 80 countries, many of whom fly in, of course.
     In addition to daily air shows, the event also includes learning centers for children and aircraft enthusiasts; aircraft of nearly every size, shape, and era; nightly activities, like a “fly-in” theater, concerts, and fireworks; and admission to the EAA AirVenture Museum and flight experiences.
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     For us, the big deal this year is once again to get up close and touch the giant Martin Mars.
Martin Mars is dubbed the “World’s Largest Flying Water Bomber.”
     Today there are two Mars aircraft in operation: “Hawaii” and the “Philippines.” They are lovingly cared for and in heavy use fighting fires, scooping up 7,200 gallons of water from lakes and waterways and then dousing blazes all across the western United States and Canada.
     The aircraft also carry huge amounts of fire fighting foam and gel.
     Built by Glenn Martin at Middle River, Maryland, and used as bombers during WWII by U.S. Navy Mars, they established airlift, endurance, and safety records that still stand today.
     Known affectionately as “The Big Four” for their size and engine number, Martin Mars really hit the sweet spot for those seeking an old time airplane fix. It’s thrilling to know they are up in the air doing good in 2016.
     Once upon a time back in 1946, these big beauties sat bobbing in the water out behind the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia Airport. Back then they were in U.S. Navy service alongside Boeing B314s and Sikorsky VS 44As—all three can be considered the most outstanding flying boats ever built.
     Today the B314s are all gone, and only one lone VS 44A remains restored and is at least “museum worthy;” it sits on display at the New England Air Museum at Bradley Field Hartford. But it’s truly remarkable that not one, but two Martin Mars giant flying boats are still airborne, soaring deeper into the lore and legend of aviation history.
     Not to be missed!

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