Heavy Metal Oshkosh 2010
It's been about a week since I returned from Oshkosh 2010 and only now is it really sinking in just how big that show is. I mean, if you haven't been let's just say that it is enormous. I've been to NAB and CES and other large shows, and there is plenty of ground to cover there. But the sheer space occupied by people, planes and tech to support the planes at Oshkosh EAA Airventure, dwarfs them all. Not sure if it really does dwarf them by measurement, but it sure feels that way. Add to that, the logistics necessary to have everything flow smoothly including the fact that a large portion of the exhibits need to become airborn multiple days during the week and you get an idea of what is involved. As a first time visitor I was more than impressed. There is a lot to write about, but if I could feature one thing in this short post, it would be that I totally fell in love with what I would call "raw metal" airplanes. (UPDATE: Please click on the link at the top of this page for pictures from Oshkosh 2010.)
In the days before paint technology allowed for planes to come in colors without adding too much weight, planes were silver. A very shiny glowing silver with wonderfully visible rivets. As a photographer, I love the way the light plays off that finish and how the blue sky is reflected in the surface of the plane. It kind of links the ship to the place it lives most of the time. I also thinks this reminds me of the late 19th century metal construction of the equipment that Jules Verne and other science fiction writers envisioned. There's something romantic about that era, when they could imagine possibilities, but were limited by their technology. These planes are classics and you can feel the magic of flight standing next to them. I'm working on a hi-res picture gallery now.