Greg Roach's Berkshires Blog
Sunday, September 27, 2009
If you want to truly understand what makes me tick, you would have to know my parents. Sadly my mom passed a couple years back, but my 78 year old father is still living life like an expedition. He recently returned from kayaking Yellowstone. Last year it was hiking through the arches of Utah and rafting the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon from end to end.

But there is one pursuit that currently defines him more than any other. His love of all things aviation and his little World War II era Ercoupe named Pea-Shooter. It turns out the little airport in rural northern Illinois where he spends many a day is the subject of a photo essay that is displayed at the AirVenture Museum at the mecca of civilian aviation, Oshkosh, WI. In the photo above dad is recovering the wings of his plane with fabric and to the right you can see this "go-kart with wings" in all its glory.

It is at Galt Airport that my dad has been part of and helped develop a community of aviators and locals that don't sit back and watch the world spin around them. These people come together and make the most of what they have. Cruise through this rather brilliant collection and see the local cheerleaders doing a "plane wash" rather than the mere terrestrial four wheeled fund raiser. See the families and kids out playing or dropping "flour bombs" at the end of the runway. Watch the passion of life long pursuits play out in hangars and cockpits.

You get the sense that both the past and future are in good hands.
Have you ever been up to Oshkosh? That's where I went to college... and have attended the Fly-In many times (I refuse to call it AirVenture... airventure? come on).

Always loved that stuff... knowing that Oshkosh, WI becomes the WORLD'S busiest airport for 10 days every year still blows my mind.
Those photographs by Steve Mark are magnificent and the people of that community are the kind I would welcome into my home any day. Those images just make you want to be part of their life.

Your dad looks like one fascinating, alive person, not ready for the rocker quite yet! It is wonderful to see there are alternatives to couch potato-ism.
There's a person who knows the secret of life. I see my face in that photo in 30 years.

Oshkosh is a absolute must do for any airplane fan.
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