Last week, I spent a couple of days at the EAA annual AirVenture in Oshkosh WI. This annual event is beyond anything one could imagine–more that 600,000 expected to attend over the seven-day event, more than 10,000 light aircraft flew in for the event, and they are parked in special rows across many acres of grass at the Wittman Regional Airport where the EAA Museum is located.
The great thing is that people come from all over the world because of their love aviation. I’ve been six times in the last ten years, and people enjoy being with others who have a similar interest and that makes it special. And I’ve met many famous people who speak in the programs there.
I wanted to highlight two famous Tuskegee Airmen a few years ago there, then Col Charles McGee and Lt. Col. George Hardy. Shortly after he turned 100, Col. McGee was promoted to General. I heard these two great leaders speak at EAA when Charles McGee was 98 and George Hardy was 93. They were amazing–you would have thought they were 70 at most.
Brig Gen McGee passed away in 2022 at age 102, but George is 98 and still speaking clear as a bell and it was great to see him again. Grateful for these men and their sacrifices for Americans.