Behind the scenes Boys Toys edition...
Today is the first day of The EAA Airventure ... Aka-- Oshkosh ...
One of the largest air shows in the country if not the world!
Yep! Thousands and even hundreds of thousands of people come to this tiny Po dunk town (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) to check out all things aviation!
Oh yes, they have every type of aircraft you could imagine ... Private jet company's like Eclipse... Other plane builders like Piper and Cessna AND everything in between ... Even some things that don't necessarily look like they should be flying but yet somehow miraculously do... And if you aren't into aviation or don't consider yourself an aircraft lover let me just say the people watching and air show watching in the afternoon is phenomenal... Just as we speak I see packs of planes jetting across the sky and a stunt plane teetering on the edge of reality and reallllllly quite insane. Actually last year I was supposed to go in a stunt plane with Breitling but "sadly" couldn't because of a conflicting interview appointment with Disney ...but for some reason, as if you're surprised to read this, I'm a bit relieved too be 100% honest ... Not that I'm scared per say, it's just that the last time I went and flew shotgun in an aerobatic plane... I ended up having motion sickness for three days afterward and since my company doesn't pay me hazard pay ... I thought it safe to re consider haha ..
And even as I'm writing this, I just got side tracked watching the stunt planes again... These guys (and gals) are Incredible and I can't help but think they are a side of crazy also. Lord knows the g- forces alone have to shake, rattle and roll, some things around in their brain ... But I'm sure they get used to it... As we all did with riding our bike? Idk bad comparison ...
Any whosier, so far I've seen and filmed the new Cirrus Vision Jet, Which Is quite different looking than their previous SR-models and quite different looking from other jet companies I've seen also. First off, its sleek and sexy looking no doubt... And has an interestingly designed v tail in the back... Imagine someone putting rabbit ears on the jet..kind of what it reminded me of... But In this case it actually has a purpose...The other thing the v tail reminded me of was an old saying my great grandma used to say... Which was ... What a Split tail. But in her example... This was NOT a good thing...lol old woman slang for hood rat, hood rat, hoochie mama.. I digress. The other thing about this jet is it has a single powerful engine.. Great for pilots learning the jet setting game .. Not so great if that one engine goes out... However as for the other reason I love cirrus... Duh duh duh duhhhh... Their parachute ... Yes I said parachute.. Not that u wanna use it but if u have to use it. Ur plane has it's very own parachute! Which earns you aviation brownie points in my book!
Next thing I scoped out at EAA Airventure day 1 was: NASA's future plans to fly to Mars. Oh yes watch out space x the O.G. Space cowboys may just be back in the intergalactic game ...and I'm very happy to hear this! IM SERIOUS when i say that I was totallllllly Geeking out over interviewing and filming with NASA. Our 15 minute interview quickly turned into an hour interview because I couldn't stop asking questions. Everything from Aliens to the biggest/fastest rocket on the planet (and off the planet) this convo had me giddy. I haven't been this intrigued or excited over an interview and toy topic in forever! From the fact that this Mars Rocket Spaceship can go 17,000-50,000 mph is (and I thought the Bugatti Veyron was fast) one thing but how about the fact that astronauts will be in space for 2 and a half years in order to go to Mars. I don't know how else to say this Space Mission to Mars has completely blown my mind! What else is cool? well first the planets have to be completely aligned in the first place...which will happen in 2018 and again 2030. From there ... i got the inside scoop that their may just be Aliens out there after all. Okay so maybe that isn't NASA's official statement but I did ask an astronaut (who has been in space for over 1600 hours) if he believes in extraterrestrial life and he said he finds it hard to believe that their isn't other life out there since Space is so vast. How and when we will meet up with these Alien peeps, is still up for debate, but maybe, just maybe we'll run into Marvin the Martian in 2030 when we go to Mars!
I cannot wait! Am i too old to become an astronaut?
Okay, Day 1 at Oshkosh complete, can't wait to see what tomorrow has in store!