Where's Jerry?

Clearly, this gentleman is puzzled as to where Jerry has gone. (Photo by admitted polka fan Chuck Preston, Kitplanes Staffer)

One of the questions asked by many show goers this year has been “Where’s Jerry?” Jerry Sleger, the “One Man Band” has been a feature at AirVenture from long before it was called AirVenture, playing polkas and other favorites on this corner near the entrance on the south side of the show.

Unfortunately for his many fans, Jerry retired last year, and was recognized by EAA for his many years of entertaining young and old with his talents.

Here’s Jerry at AirVenture 2008:


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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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