Paul Dye and Marc Cook standing below the Brown Arch at Oshkosh.

Originally crated in 1971 to welcome people to the flight line at the “Oshkosh Fly-In” (long before the moniker of “AirVenture” was dreamed up), the Brown arch still stands, and it is traditional to visit and take a picture each year as the number changes and the memorial brick count increases. Tradition is important in an organization celebrating its 70th anniversary! Founded to promote Experimental aviation, it now represents sport aviators in general aviation, warbirds, antiques, and ultralights—a huge and rich assortment of flying machines, all of which you can see here at the “International Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In Convention”. That’s what it says on the sign… and I like the tradition!

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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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