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How To Ruin History

by John M. White |

It is simply amazing to me. As a DC-3 type rated pilot I have been looking forward to the arrival at OshKosh of 40 DC-3s flying in formation from Illinois into OshKosh. But, as usual the Grinch has raised his ugly head and has figured out how to ruin history. DC-3 Landing In Crosswind An organization known as "The Last Time" has spent the last year organizing events to honor the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the venerable Douglas DC-3 aircraft. It now appears that the EAA has once again decided it should be in control of everything, and has rubbed some DC-3 owners the wrong way. A rare DC-2, painted in TWA livery, is slated to also be on display at AirVenture this July as well. It is the earlier version of the DC-3, and has rarely been seen in the last 25 years or so. Last week EAA announced that it will "exclusively organize and coordinate all AirVenture activities for the DC-3 75th anniversary." The owners group has termed the EAA announcement "a hostile takeover" of the event and it calls into question whether a formation flight over Wittman Regional Airport on the opening day of AirVenture will be held. EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski said EAA is not trying to hijack the event; rather, it's trying to ensure it goes smoothly and safely. It seems to me that what we have here is a classic example of lack of CRM, cockpit resource management. In other words, a lack of communication and co-operation between the two groups. As adults it would seem a face-to-face meeting (after all, they all have airplanes, right?) between the organizers and the EAA could produce a solution satisfactory to everyone. After all, who is this activity for? C'mon guys, lets get together and fix this! What do you think? Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 United hired gentlemen with the expectation of training them to become pilots, Northwest hired pilots hoping to train them to become gentlemen. To date, despite their best efforts, neither carrier can be considered successful. — Ed Thompson ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here! ps: Read the update on the DC-3 Gathering At Oshkosh!

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