Our very own Drew and Brian where able to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity – flying a 1938 Lockheed Electra 12a Junior, on loan with our Museum, to The AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The trip started at 5:45 am on July 28th, 2014 when the Lockheed broke ground from the Concrete Airport and started heading East to Wisconsin. The first fuel stop was in Deer Lodge, Montana where the team met up with another Lockheed Electra owned by a gentlemen from Twisp, WA. After fueling up they headed east following a Northeast heading over Montana into North Dakota.
The second fuel stop was in Mandan, ND where they took a small break to rest up and refuel. The two Lockheeds took off and took on a South Easterly heading straight for Oshkosh right after the rest-stop. The buys touched down at 7:45 PM central time with an actual in flight time of just under ten hours. Upon arriving in Oshkosh they were greeted by a welcoming committee and three other Lockheed’s that already landed.
They disembarked and set up camp near the tail of the airplane. After going to bed pretty early due to the long trip they couldn’t wait for the next day to start. The things they were going to see were going to be amazing!
Three P-38s showed up.
There was a field of P-51s and P-40s
The EAA Museum has a low wing Aeronca
One of the crew members got to meet the Bombshell Girls in front of Plane Of Fame’s Glacier Girl
The Airforce Thunder Birds arrived on Thursday
A picture of the Lockheed right before departing to come home.
The team retraced their steps on the way home departing Oshkosh at 7:45 am central time and landed at Mandan, ND for fuel and then head West to Deer Lodge, MT. This picture was taken at Deer Lodge right before the guys departed to head back to Concrete. They landed safely in Concrete at 6:00 PM Pacific Time.
Everyone had a fantastic trip and met many new people at the AirVenture. They got to witness all eras of aviation from the very beginning to the very latest the world has to offer. Everyone is looking forward to next years AirVenture and the many more adventures to come.