All Now Safely Nested In The North 40
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cessna 172 and
182, approximately 75 of the world’s most popular single
engine planes arrived, en masse, on Saturday afternoon.
After staging at Dodge County Airport in Juneau, WI the flock of
Skyhawks and Skylanes descended on Wittman Field. With a few of
their little brothers and sisters 152s and 150s) in tow, the parade
flew in, landed and parked together in the North 40.
The group, aptly called C2O (Cessna’s to Oshkosh), was
modeled after the B2OSH (Bonanzas to Oshkosh) and the Mooney
Caravan to Oshkosh, and was organized as a way for Cessna owners to
arrive together and ensure that they could park and camp
ANN was there as the pilots shut down, and spoke with several of
the still sweat-and- adrenaline-soaked pilots. As the avgas trucks
arrived and over the din of taxiing aircraft and of campgrounds
being set up, we asked a few pilots how the flight went.
Dan Barley flew his 172 from Camarillo, CA to participate. Dan
is a double newbie -- in that this is his first trip to AirVenture,
in addition to his first group flight.
“Very cool and very intense,” was his response when
asked how the flight went. When asked what he is looking forward to
about AirVenture... “I don’t know what to
Larry Caldwell flew in from Cincinnati. A pilot for 44 years, he
is an AirVenture regular. As for the C2O experience, Larry says
“It’s an event that everyone is on the same
page”. As for AirVenture... ”It’s an event you
don’t want to miss”.
Brothers Marv and Glenn Frentz crossed the border from
Moorefield, Ontario to join the Cessna celebration. Although they
didn’t fly in with the group, they were able to park in the
North 40 with their Skyhawk counterparts.
Marv has been coming to Oshkosh for over 30 years, and this year
marks Glenn’s third journey to AirVenture. Their flight down
was “uneventful”, and they are “excited to be
By all accounts, C2O was a complete success, and everyone who
ANN spoke with would definitely participate again. Congratulations
to Cessna for 50 years of the high-winged wonders!