EAA Runway 5K Raises Record Amount for Local Domestic Abuse Center

Pictured (from left) are EAA’s Megan Schuessler and Michelle Farr; Sue Traska, Christine Ann Center; and EAA’s Kelly Zanders, Becky Atkinson, and Candice Lane as EAA presents proceeds from this year’s Runway 5K. (Jason Toney and EAA)The annual Runway 5K run/walk during EAA AirVenture 2014 raised a record amount to help a local charitable organization, as nearly $15,000 was donated to the Oshkosh-based Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc.

The check was presented to Sue Traska, Christine Ann’s development and marketing director, at the EAA AirVenture Museum on Sept. 23. The Runway 5K welcomes AirVenture attendees and area Oshkosh residents to enjoy the world’s largest fly-in in a unique way, as the race’s route winds through the thousands of aircraft parked along the flight line at Wittman Regional Airport.

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The Last Top Gun: F-14 Pilot’s New Novel Rocks the Wings of Fact & Fiction, Paying Homage to Culture of Last Generation All-Male Navy Fighter ‘Jocks’

Each time Dan Zimberoff fired up an F-14 Tomcat perched on the deck of an aircraft carrier, he knew that flying a fighter jet demanded a level of brashness and rock star-esque aplomb. He never forgot that he was part of an all-male team that was the envy of many–a culture that has now crashed and burned like the fiery mishaps he witnessed too many times over his distinguished career.

Zimberoff now practices law and, acutely aware of the military’s growing use of drones and embracement of women and openly gay pilots, is proud to have been a part of a fraternity that no longer exists. His novel, The Last Top Gun: A Story Of The Last Generation Of Navy Fighter Jocks, depicts this changing culture and gives readers an opportunity to don their flight suits for an inside look at how life as a navy fighter pilot used to be before political correctness took over the military.

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Veteran Receives Long Overdue Purple Heart at Surprise EAA Ceremony

Fred Zurbuchen receives the Purple Heart from Lt. Brandon Scott, Wisconsin Army National Guard. (Jason Toney and EAA)Seventy years ago this month, Fred Zurbuchen, of Waupun, Wis., was wounded by anti-aircraft flak during a World War II bombing mission over Dusseldorf, Germany. The B-17 ball turret gunner was a staff sergeant with the 493rd Bomb Group. Despite his combat injury, he never received his Purple Heart because his mission paperwork was destroyed in a fire. When Chris Henry, EAA membership services representative, became aware of this in April, he set out on his own mission to correct it.

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Upwind Scholarship Program Celebrates Two New Teen Private Pilots

The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program congratulates its 2014 winners for successfully completing the program. Julie Korsmeyer and Stephen Schick, both of San Mateo, Calif. were chosen from a large pool of impressive applications to receive a complete primary flight training program, including ground school, flight training, and all the corresponding materials and mentoring. Julie and Stephen went from ground school to check ride in only five months––they started ground school in April, flight training in June, and finished up with their Private Pilot checkrides in August.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 Aircraft Awards

Cessna170B: Classic Grand Champion - Gold Lindy. Dillon Barron, Perry, Missouri, 1954 Cessna 170B, N1899C This year’s AirVenture 2014 aircraft awards.


Handicap Lift - Plaque 

Terry Frazier

Las Vegas, Nevada

2009 TF-1, N457RV


Fairchild71: Antique Grand Champion - Gold Lindy. Marlin Horst, Bird in Hand, Penn., 1929 Fairchild 71, N9708Best Aerobatic- Plaque

Duayne Muhle

Columbus, Nebraska

1986 Christen Eagle, N32RN


Kit Outstanding Workmanship - Plaques

William Walker

Indianapolis, Indiana

L-39-Warbird: Grand Champion - Post World War II. TFH Aviation, Naperville, Illinois, Aero Vodochody L-39C, N39MX JOER 2008 Velocity XL-5 RG, N36LV


William Shook

Aurora, Colorado

2014 RV-8, N951WT


Ron Moring

McConnell, Illinois

2012 RV-8A, N868RM

PiperPA18: Contemporary Grand Champion - Gold Lindy. Raymond Cook, Spring Grove, Ill., 1959 Piper PA-18, N4273S 

Randy Pflanzer

Martinsville, Indiana

2014 RV-12, N417E


John Barker

Oceanside, Oregon 

2010 RV-8, N819WB


Mike Reed

Mapleleaf, Minnesota

2014 RV-7A, N921PM


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