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Skiplanes Enjoy Perfect Weather In Oshkosh

January 26, 2004 - Weather in Oshkosh could not have been better for the annual Skiplane Fly-In Saturday, January 24, at Pioneer Airport. Friday’s event-saving snow provided just enough of a soft, white runway for more than a dozen ski-equipped airplanes, which were greeted by Saturday’s low teens, light breezes and sunny, severe-clear skies. 

Picture-perfect weather greeted skiplane pilots and watchers alike Saturday

Throughout the day, an estimated 300 people arrived to enjoy superb chili (all was consumed) and refreshments, topped off with birthday cake in honor of EAA matriarch Audrey Poberezny. Plenty of hangar talk was overheard throughout the day between skiplane landings and takeoffs.

About 30 aircraft had registered for the event but many decided to stay home due to a lack of snow at their departure points. Other opted to land conventionally at Wittman Regional Airport and take the shuttle to Pioneer Airport offered by both airport FBOs.

Bob Zaretzke, Pewaukee, Wisconsin, boards his J-3 Cub in preparation for takeoff.

A hearty thanks to the Blaine, Minnesota EAA Chapter 237 members who again provided volunteer ground support for the event.

The fox pelt prop covers for the Champ belonging to Bill Weber
of Belvidere, Illinois were instant conversation pieces.

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