Airplane Tracks

Yes, I believe it was a light single, a tail dragger. Spent at least a week sitting in the same spot at Oshkosh to make a depression that deep. Probably ended up sitting on its wheel pant. Part of a large flock, judging by the number of similar divots in the surrounding fields. I suspect that it was a gathering... possibly a convention! No sign of them now--no telling where they all went. But I bet they had a lot of fun while they were here.

Paul Dye

Paul Dye, Kitplanes® Editor in Chief, 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 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor, and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

One Reply to “Airplane Tracks”

  1. You should have stuck around for a couple of days after Convention, Paul. It's great fun to walk around the grounds and look at all the "shadows" of green, untrampled grass, framed by trampled grass, in the showplane areas, trying to determine what airplanes had been parked there, based on the shapes, and also the degree to which the grass has been flattened and perhaps worn down to dirt.

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