The Swifts at Oshkosh 2014 — a.k.a. FUN
The Swifts at Oshkosh 2014 were fantastic. Steve Wilson had coordinated our type club parking and we had all of the Swifts corralled together during the entire event. I counted 20 Swifts during the week that parked on our two rows.
The Dickers, Wilsons, and myself arrived Saturday morning and were the first Swift arrivals. We were parked in a very scenic spot next to an old farm. Later the FBI would set up a communications vehicle directly next to my tent to monitor something. I know I paid that parking ticket but maybe I forgot.
The Type Club Hangar was manned by Swift volunteers all week and was a common gathering area for our clan. Many individuals helped staff this table.
We have a very active Type Club and the Vintage community noticed this via the activity at our table.
While working the table with Todd Bengtson an elderly gentleman stopped by and began talking about his activities as a Swift Dealer back in the day. He knew the history of Temco and was legitimate with his thoughts If you do the math this was 64 years ago, which would make this man about 90 plus years old. We asked him how old he was and he said he was 100. The next question was, “When did you stop flying” and his answer was, “I have not. I still fly a Champ!”
Three of our Swifts took home Oshkosh Awards which is a huge accomplishment since we compete against some fantastic airplanes. The Swift competes in the “Classics” division, which is the 1945 thru 1955 group of airplanes.
Paul Barnett brought his beautiful GC-1A directly from Scott Anderson’s shop and took the Reserve Grand Champion – Silver Lindy award. This is one of the big ones. Way to go Paul and Scott.
Alan and Janet Dicker took the Custom Class C (151-235 H.P.) award.
John Kinnemeyer and Ron Huddleston won the Class II (81-150 H.P.) Bronze Lindy award.
Barb Wilson coordinated our evening Swift meal at a great restaurant called Kodiak Jacks and over 40 Swifters participated. Great food and fantastic fellowship.
Bo Mabry took charge of conducting the Swift forum and it was excellent.
We only had one funnel cloud reported and a small bit of hail. WOW. Both are aviation fly-in nightmares.
Oshkosh is a great event and the fun/fellowship never stops. Eight of the 20 Swifters were camped at or near their airplanes and other Swifters were in campers, motor homes, motels and dorms all around Oshkosh. There are lots of ways to do Oshkosh and they all work. Several of our Swifters had their grand children with them, which is always special. If you haven’t been then maybe next year will be your year to make the pilgrimage to our aviation Mecca.
Until next year, fly safe and start your KOSH plan. Remember, “ Find Ripon, follow the railroad tracks, rock your wings, and enjoy Oshkosh.”