I feel a necessity to trek to the EAA Museum during each visit to Oshkosh. I need to pay my respects to the notable flying machines housed there. I re-live the thrill I felt helping to restore and then having the privilege to fly the historic RV-1. And, the bitter-sweet memory of escorting the plane into the 2012 AirVenture, flying our RV-3B immediately in front of Dick VanGruensven in the RV-1–it’s last flight.
But this morning’s museum visit was also driven by the opportunity to once again hear Darryl Collins, an historian whose family has lived on the North Carolina Outer Banks since 1862, speak on the Wright Brothers. Nobody knows their history better and no one makes a better presentation. He will be speaking at the museum everyday through Saturday at 10 am. He will also speak at the Federal Pavilion (near the Homebuilt Headquarters) at 11:30 am on Thursday.
Dick Rutan is also giving daily talks at the museum. It’s easy to get so wrapped up with activities on the main campus and never leave all week. But, no one regrets ranging a bit to the museum.