Just a reminder, the inaugural "EAA ScaleVenture" model contest and show is this weekend, Saturday October 1 at the EAA AirVenture Museum! This is your opportunity to showcase your modeling skills at one of the world's finest aviation museums (in my humble opinion). Registration is $20 for adults, $10 for ages 11-17, and free for ages 10 and under. Registration includes admission to the museum for Sept. 30, Oct. 1, and Oct. 2, entry of up to five models for the contest ($1 for each additional), a commemorative ScaleVenture t-shirt (limited while supplies last), and an opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's artifact and archives areas as well as get inside the cockpits of some of the museum's aircraft collection on Friday September 30 from 5pm to 9pm. This special tour is available to registered contest participants only for an extra $5.
You can register in person on Friday Sept. 30 from noon to 5pm in the museum lobby, as well as from 9am to 1pm on Saturday Oct. 1. If you are coming from out of town, the Hawthorn Suites in Oshkosh is offering a discount rate of $78 for Friday and Saturday evenings. Just mention "ScaleVenture" for the discount rate. http://www.hawthorn.com/Hawthorn/contro ... tyId=30694
In addition to the model contest, the museum is hosting a special moderated World War Two veterans panel on Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. Among the confirmed panelists include:
William Bergner, who was a B-17 Flying Fortress radar operator and technician with the 327th Bomb Squadron of the 92nd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. Grounded by the squadron flight surgeon while in England, Bergner spent the duration of his overseas tour installing and repairing radar sets in B-17s.
William Hartshorn, who was a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter pilot assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force. He was shot down on his 26th mission on Sept. 18, 1944, while flying in support of Operation Market Garden.
William Meier, who was a B-17 Flying Fortress bombardier assigned to the 413th Bomb Squadron of the 96th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force.
We hope to see you here!
Vic Bast flew P-47s with the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group during the war. In fact, he was with the squadron at the same time as Bill Hartshorn. The two haven't seen each other in 30+ years, so this should make for a very special occasion! I hope some of you can join us.
Vic Bast, center.