EAA’S BLERIOT XI MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
EAA’S REPRODUCTION OF A 1911 Type XI Bleriot flew for the first time
on June 5—about 8-10 feet off the ground over the turf runway at
EAA’s Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. Tom Hegy, EAA 6849, was pilot in
command of the oil-spitting, 1909 Anzani-powered airplane and flew
the short hop to cap a test-flight program that began with some runs
Saturday and earlier Sunday morning.
The project commemorates both Louis Bleriot’s first successful
powered flight across the English Channel in July 1909 and this
year’s 100th anniversary of the first air mail flight by Earle Ovington’s
famous Queen’s Bleriot, on September 23, 1911. Look for the airplane
in Oshkosh later this month in a special Air Mail Centennial exhibit,
where demo engine runs will be performed throughout the week.
Pilot Tom Hegy gets EAA’s Bleriot XI reproduction airplane off the ground for a short hop at
Pioneer Airport Sunday, June 5.
WITH AN EXPANDED OFFERING of activities and new featured
attractions, KidVenture at AirVenture 2011 promises to be the most
exciting edition of the popular children’s attraction to date. Sponsored
by United Technologies, KidVenture enters its 13th year in 2011.
Located at Pioneer Field across from the EAA AirVenture
Museum, KidVenture allows young people to receive loggable
flight instruction on a simulator, earn FAA credit toward an A&P
certificate through hands-on building projects, learn how to fly a
radio-controlled airplane, modify a P- 51 Mustang on a computer
then find out how fast it flies, and even see what it’s like to land on
Mars. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. daily during AirVenture ( 2 p.m.
on closing day Sunday, July 31). Learn more about KidVenture 2011
EAA’S SPECIAL SALUTE TO BURT RUTAN at AirVenture 2011 will likely
be the largest and most diverse gathering of Rutan-designed
aircraft ever assembled. Expected to play prominent roles are
several rarities in the EAA AirVenture Museum collection, a Beech
Starship, Rutan’s Boomerang and Catbird designs, and perhaps a
few surprises. A flying example of Rutan’s first full-scale design, the
VariViggen is still being sought; EAA is eager to hear from anyone
wanting to fly one to Oshkosh. (E-mail Rutan2011@eaa.org.)
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