Warning, Warning!!


“OSHALERT: Strong storms headed to Oshkosh. Expected 6:30-6:45 am w/brief heavy downpours & wind gusts 40-45mph. Please take precautions. Reply STOP to opt-out.”

That was the text message we received this morning from the EAA Text Alert system. I grabbed my iPad and brought up ForeFlight to take a look at the radar, only to see this:

(Image: ForeFlight)

Now fortunately for us, we are staying in a house a few miles to the north of the show, so we didn’t have to worry except for the security of our airplanes tied down on the field. We let the heavy rain move through before slogging in to Wittman Field where we found almost no security or parking folks – we assumed they had been warned to take cover (a wise move by their management!).

The good news was that while there were a few puddles that hadn’t been there the day before, the winds never got very high, so airplanes, tents and people were all fine. The only adverse affect we saw was one vendor sign that had been tipped over – and I count that as acceptable damage for a radar signature that looked so ominous.

“We WILL rebuild!”

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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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