Sunday, September 20, 2009

This is how we do it

My Oshkosh friend, Bob Kelly, and his colleague Bud Newhouse, did three great things last week. First, they did a good thing in flying a vet. Second, they told the media about it. Third, they told VAF about it.

It's a great example of doing nothing more than what you love doing with your RV airplane, and getting publicity out of it from people more than anxious to tell a good story.

And for the few muttonheads out there, it looks like the media got it right. Not that that'll make a difference to you.

On Aug. 15, 1945, Gene Eaton flew a P-47 Thunderbolt, which he called a Jug, in formation with 95 other U.S. Army Air Corps aircraft over the Hawaiian Islands. The military planes paraded on Victory over Japan Day, the end of World War II.

"I flew in formation all the time during the war, but V-J Day was different," Eaton said. "Usually we had formations with four aircraft."

On Saturday morning over the North Vernon Municipal Airport, Eaton flew in close formation for the first time since 1946. He was a passenger in an RV8 propeller plane piloted by Bud Newhouse. They were part of the Ohio Valley Aviators, who also go by RV River Rats, a group of aviation enthusiasts from Cincinnati that gave an impressive exhibition in precision flying on North Vernon Airport Awareness Day.

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