Boshears in Review
The 1998 Boshears Air Show and Fly-In will stand
as one of the best ever. During the three days of the Show (September 25-27)
at least 30,000 people attended and well over 100 general aviation aircraft
were present. By Saturday afternoon there were four rows of GA aircraft
covering the space from the auto parking down to the Warbirds area. On
Saturday the flight line crew was nearly overwhelmed by the volume of aircraft.
Also the primary food vendors at the beginning of the walkway -- the EAA
172 Food Trailer and the Little Orbit Doughnuts concession were beset by
lengthy lines of customers all day Saturday, so much so that both of those
vendors nearly ran out of food, water, sodas and ice several times and
had to quickly obtain more from the on-field supply or local stores. The
many small shops just behind the Warbirds area were extremely busy both
Saturday and Sunday. The people mover trailers were crowded whenever they
were in operation. The auto parking area had to be extended to hold the
volume of cars that came.
Many EAA 172 members carried everything needed for the
fly-in over to Daniel Field all day Friday and then set things up. Among
them were Dennis Allen, Charlie Connell, Mark Slone, O.B. Brown, Al Patton
and others. John Magnan prepared the posters. During the three days of
the Fly-in/Air Show EAA 172 members were prominent in handling the flight
line, parking, volunteers, people movers, aircraft protection, the Young
Eagles tent, the Food Trailer and most of the other aspects of the air
show. It is impossible to list all of them but foremost in the many activities
were Chuck Whigham, Dennis Allen, Keith Robbins, Keith Brock, Bob Rhodes,
David Jones, Rich Gabor, Gerald Ballard, and many more members who handled
the overall activities; Fay Allen, Maureen Rhodes, Sheila Connell, Betty
Hammer, Lilly Robbins, Joyce Newman and others who cooked, prepared and
sold the food from the food trailer as well as O.B. Brown, Tom Collins,
Gary Deariso, Al Douglas, Freeman Newman, and Al Newman who cooked the
meats; Wade Hammer, Greg Connell, Tom Whisnant, Charlie Connell, John Magnan
and others who drove the people movers or collected donations; David Parrish,
Gary Deariso, one other (name unknown) and three from the Confederate Air
Force who handled the pyrotechnics; Richelle Phillips, Randy Powell, Bill
Mauck, Don Murphy, A.W. Schoenfelder, two from the Jefferson County Flyer's
Club and others who handled all-around duties; Ken Rayburn, Ron Netzer,
Tom Garcia, Charlie Connell, Greg Connell and many more who manned the
flight line; Wyman Fox and others who ran the Young Eagles tent; Ann Netzer
and Jamail Larkin and other Young Eagles who helped at the registration
desk; and, of course, Gary Ward who performed aerobatics in the air show.
Thanks go out to everyone who helped out!
|Clyde Schnars stands next to his RV-6A, the Grand Champion
of the 1998 Boshears Air Show. Clyde said that he finished the RV-6A in
1996 and that he and his family built it. It's the second aircraft he has
built and he "finally got it right."
John McDavid proudly stands in front of his T-28 after winning the Warbird
First Place award.
Pyrotechnicians David Parrish and Gary Deariso finally have their explosion
"fix" so we're safe for another year!
Larry Goodins stands with his Piper Vagabond after winning the Antique/Classic
First Place award.
at the 1998 Boshears Airshow, September 25-27
& Larry Goodins
OF SHOW: RV-6A Clyde Schnars
OF THE YEAR: Gerald M. Ballard
to go back to where you came from)
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