July, August, September = Robert In Airshow Heaven, Will Meet Lee Archer, Also Wants To Buy Some Concorde Scrap

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BFP’s Robert Will Be Blogging The Airshow Circuit This Summer

Near the end of July our own Robert will once again be making his every-five-years pilgrimage to Oshkosh, Wisconsin to attend the largest airshow in the world. Officially it’s called EAA Airventure and to Robert and pilots everywhere it is simply known as “Oshkosh”. Although I saw and enjoyed one airshow years ago in upstate New York, I don’t really understand the allure of spending a week of sleeping in a tent and using porta-potties just to watch flying stunts being performed every day. But that’s Robert’s idea of a good time, so who are we to argue?

For Robert though, even saying the word “Oshkosh” in his presence invokes a quasi-religious trance that soon culminates with him saying something like “Did I ever tell you about the time that… “

And then he fills in the blanks with some variant of…

a/ “… I met (insert name of famous pilot) at Oshkosh?”

b/ “… I sat in a (insert name of ultra-rare or exotic aircraft) at Oshkosh?”

or the ever-popular…

c/ “… I saw (insert name of famous aerobatic pilot) upside down only three feet off the ground at 400 miles per hour at Oshkosh?”

Last time Robert was scheduled to attend this “fly-in” his old employer made the mistake of saying that he couldn’t have the time off in the summer. Foolish employer.

After Oshkosh, Robert has a short-term contract job doing “hot-section” inspections and other tasks for the entire month of August and into September. We can’t say too much about where he’ll be working, but if you’re really interested you could check out the Blue Angels airshow schedule for August and September because Robert will be seeing their show on one of his weekends off.

Then at the end of September Robert will head to Columbus, Ohio for the Gathering of Mustangs at Rickenbacker Airport where he hopes to meet Lt. Colonel Lee Archer (U.S. Air Force Retired) up close for the second time. That airshow is all about the World War Two P-51 Mustang airplane and the men and women who flew them in wartime. (Yes, women too!)

In case you’ve never heard of Lee Archer, he is one of the remaining Tuskegee Airmen – the first black US combat pilots who flew in World War II.

Robert promises to continue blogging and also to provide some photos and stories for the Bajan flying enthusiasts who can’t get to Oshkosh this year.

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Supersonic Concorde Parts Auction

Robert is also talking about buying a window frame or some other identifiable part from the supersonic Concorde airliner. It seems that France is auctioning off their Concorde parts to aviation enthusiasts at the end of September. (Robert counts as an “aviation enthusiast” as he once owned an ejection seat taken from a German made F-104 jet fighter. His woman made him get rid of it “or else”. He claims he made the wrong choice and that his “life in hell” for the next 2 years was proof of that.) 😉

We’ve had a look at the Concorde Auction Website and we think that Robert should re-consider his choice of bidding on a window frame. He should be bidding on Item #259!

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11 responses to “July, August, September = Robert In Airshow Heaven, Will Meet Lee Archer, Also Wants To Buy Some Concorde Scrap

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  2. iriebrown

    Not surprised that France is auctioning off parts of the Corcorde as they were the ones that really brought about the end of the Concorde….. to do with the decision to discontinue manufacturing parts. It was a shared project between the UK and France.

    France vs UK….a bit of jealousy where the Concorde and its viability was concerned. The UK was doing especially well, particularly with destinations like B’dos and NY. I do remember seeing 3 Concordes sitting on the runway at Grantley Adams.

    The US was also a bit put out that they didn’t do it first, so the problems with flying to NY.

    What a fantastic plane, and really a pity that it is no more. I so enjoyed seeing it flying down the West Coast on a Saturday morning, like a huge bird.

    Only memories.

  3. You better not tell Robert about Club Concorde, clubconcorde dot co dot uk , where they want to refly the bent-nose, mentioned it on my News-Blog back in May

  4. NUFF respeck!

    God, how I loved this statement!!….

    “Last time Robert was scheduled to attend this “fly-in” his old employer made the mistake of saying that he couldn’t have the time off in the summer. Foolish employer.

    Major Kudos, Young Rob’t. for firing de wuk,
    in order to accomplish what you wanted to do with your life.! I love it!!

    Independence is financial independence,
    and absolutely the best feeling in the world
    is having the ability to resign,forthwith,
    and have the personal savings/backing to DO IT,
    and to watch the Boss’ jaw drop, (over such a ‘simple’ matter, as He would see it.)

    (Can’t believe he walked out, over a freakin’ air show?: doesn’t he know how much I neeed him??)

    Thank you for the spiritual upliftment.

  5. Adrian Loveridge

    For those of you attending the Paris Air Show you might come in contact with the US Senate’s longest serving Republican, Ted Stevens, who is representing President George Bush at the event.
    Please avoid asking him, who built his house extension?

  6. Chase

    IrieBrown:

    Have you ever been to the back of the runway and watch it take off?Awesome sight…those 4 Rolls Royce engines are something to be heard,and the heat generated something to be felt….like you said man……memories.

  7. Straight talk

    AL:
    Ted Stevens in Paris.
    He may decide to stay, for he will be amongst friends in the French aerospace industry who sympathise with his methods of getting things done, as opposed to the FBI, who are within weeks of indicting the old bribetaker.

  8. Fred

    Having had the chance to fly on this equipment a few times, I must admit it was the most exciting thing that I have ever done.
    The acceleration to takeoff was a remarkable feeling and that moment of holding while they did their speech just before hitting the two pairs of afterburners to accelerate thru to Mach 2 and to continue the cruise to up 59,000 or 60,000 ft was a great feeling.
    Not to mention that the travel time was a mere 3.47 to Heathrow was what made it even more exciting.
    We will wait to see if the one on display at Adams will attract the 90,000 visitor per year as per the mouthings of Lynch, could this figure be in the same vain as the 90,000 arrivals for CWC or the 700 yachts in the bay, or the 75,000 on the 34 cruise ships that were supposed to be here for CWC or the US $ 15 we wasted on the charter of the Destiny that was totally uncalled for ?

  9. reality check

    A Mr. Bass from Texas is now at the Paris Air Show flogging a proposed new supersonic business jet starting at $80,000,000 US. Not likely to happen but at least he is playing with his own money and those that can afford it.

  10. “We are first and foremost a Concorde appreciation society for lovers of all things “Concorde”.

    “Whether you have flown Concorde or not, you are most welcome to join us at Club Concorde. Our aim is to keep Concorde and all its many associations in the public eye.

    “Of course, as with all Concorde devotees our ultimate aim is to see Concorde back in the air. To this end we will use all the resources at our disposal to achieve this.

    “To do this we need your help! Life Membership is just £10.00! So join us aboard Club Concorde today!

    Paul James
    Club President – Former Concorde Charterer”

    You may want to list them in your aviation slot?

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