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DC-3 Gathering At Oshkosh

by John M. White |

Recently I wrote a post entitled "How To Ruin History", and apparently the post hit some nerves at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). It seems that there has been some progress towards making sure that the DC-3 Gathering At Oshkosh goes off without a hitch. Douglas DC-3 In Flight I received an email from Dick Knapinski of the EAA and here is what he had to say: "Hi, John: Read your posting on your blog today. I think you'll be plenty pleased with what occurs in Oshkosh regarding the DC-3 activities. Suffice to say, face-to-face and phone conversations have all been attempted prior to any change in schedule. To your points directly, may I offer for your background the response below, as posted by EAA's Adam Smith to similar comments on our online Oshkosh365. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Best, Dick" Here is the Adam Smith posting regarding the DC-3 Gathering At Oshkosh: "I’ve worked on this program for over a year and have read the comments above. I’m avoiding the temptation to spend the next couple of hours typing out a very detailed response. Might make some fascinating reading, but past experience tells me that “airing all the dirty linen” in public is never a wise thing to do. Briefly, yes there has been a course correction, but without any shadow of doubt this will lead us to a better place than the course we were on. Would like to reinforce the quote from Tom, that activities at Oshkosh need to be organized in a way that matches the high standards that are expected of EAA and AirVenture. What we’ll be able to organize from the Oshkosh grounds on July 27th will be far more impressive than anything that was ever going to occur in terms of a massed arrival. In addition to being able to merge both ground and air operations into a single spectacle (like the recent Doolittle Reunion of B-25s) we will be able to include the aircraft that had either been refused participation in the massed arrival, or had – for their own reasons – felt uncomfortable about participating in it. We decided to mark the DC-3 / C-47 anniversary out of a desire to celebrate the legacy and people of an aircraft that played a massive part in the development of both civil and military aviation. This remains our sincere focus and goal." As you all may know I hold a type rating in the DC-3, and it was one my favorite airplanes to fly. I hope to be at Oshkosh for this event, and encourage everyone to attend. I am pleased that the DC-3 Gathering At Oshkosh will still occur. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Any idiot can get an airplane off the ground, but an aviator earns his keep by bringing it back anytime, anywhere, under any circumstances that man and God can dream up. — Walter Cunningham ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!

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