Jill Tallman

Three cheers for the volunteers

August 1, 2009 by Jill W. Tallman, Associate Editor

Let’s hear it for the volunteers at EAA AirVenture. These folks are tireless and they are everywhere. Friday’s group was tasked with basically changing around the layout of AeroShell Square, and if you’ve ever been to AirVenture you know that’s not accomplished with a couple of tugs and towbars. Here’s what they accomplished on Friday afternoon all within a two-hour time frame:

  • Moved WhiteKnight2 out so that it could fly in the pattern (to the extreme delight of onlookers);
  • Got out the Airbus A380 so that it could depart.
  • Brought in a C-5, a C-17, and a C-130.
  • Brought back in WhiteKnight2.
  • And kept the huge crowds safely out of the way, but still close enough to enjoy the spectacle.

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One Response to “Three cheers for the volunteers”

  1. Garrett Nievin Says:

    I always enjoy your writings, Jill, and how nice of you to notice and appreciate the behind-the-scenes volunteers. I’m one myself, volunteering at Flight Line Ops, and I have to agree that the gang at Aeroshell Square did an impressive job. Just juggling the equipment – White Knight 2′s 60′ towbar, the C-5′s 36000# towbar, and the A380′s nose-scooping tug – looks like a tall job!

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