I recently went to Oshkosh, Wisconsin to take a break and visit the love of my life — an air show! Don’t worry, my wife came with me and we were able to see some amazing aircraft, like the Cessnas behind me in this photo.

I love aviation.  My wife, Tanja, and I went to Oshkosh, Wisconsin this summer to see one of the world’s biggest air shows.  It covered over one million square feet with aviation products and aircraft of every kind from the F-35, F-22, and P51 Mustangs down to motor paragliders and ultralights.

The show goes on for 7 days, but we only had a single day to take it all in.  You could watch every imaginable ultralight take off and land during certain times of the day out of their own grass airstrip.  Or, you could go see 20 or more P51 Mustangs and various military aircraft from WWII to some of today’s aircraft.  We walked more than 12 miles that day trying to see everything.

I was there 18 years ago by myself and really wanted to go again.  I primarily went to go see two planes fly: the F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor, and they did NOT disappoint.  It gives me goosebumps as I write this just thinking about them.  Certainly, the same thought always goes through my head that I’m glad I am a U.S. citizen because it would be bad news if those weapons were being used against me, and I think how great it must feel when any kind of airpower comes in to protect you as a soldier on the ground.

Even after telling you how crazy I am about anything and everything that flies, would you believe that wasn’t even the best part of the trip?  For five days prior, we got an Airbnb house right on Lake Nokomis up north about two and half hours from Oshkosh.  It couldn’t have been more perfect.  We had no schedule, no obligations, it didn’t matter if we wore the same clothes every day, and it was a private, beautiful, peaceful place to hang out at for five days.  It is rare that we have such a vacation.  For those of you that haven’t had an opportunity to experience that part of the country, I would encourage you to put it on your list.  It transports you back to a time when things were a little slower and simpler, and there is nothing wrong with that.

I recently went to Oshkosh, Wisconsin to take a break and visit the love of my life — an air show! Don’t worry, my wife came with me and we were able to see some amazing aircraft, like the Cessnas behind me in this photo.

I love aviation.  My wife, Tanja, and I went to Oshkosh, Wisconsin this summer to see one of the world’s biggest air shows.  It covered over one million square feet with aviation products and aircraft of every kind from the F-35, F-22, and P51 Mustangs down to motor paragliders and ultralights.

The show goes on for 7 days, but we only had a single day to take it all in.  You could watch every imaginable ultralight take off and land during certain times of the day out of their own grass airstrip.  Or, you could go see 20 or more P51 Mustangs and various military aircraft from WWII to some of today’s aircraft.  We walked more than 12 miles that day trying to see everything.

I was there 18 years ago by myself and really wanted to go again.  I primarily went to go see two planes fly: the F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor, and they did NOT disappoint.  It gives me goosebumps as I write this just thinking about them.  Certainly, the same thought always goes through my head that I’m glad I am a U.S. citizen because it would be bad news if those weapons were being used against me, and I think how great it must feel when any kind of airpower comes in to protect you as a soldier on the ground.

Even after telling you how crazy I am about anything and everything that flies, would you believe that wasn’t even the best part of the trip?  For five days prior, we got an Airbnb house right on Lake Nokomis up north about two and half hours from Oshkosh.  It couldn’t have been more perfect.  We had no schedule, no obligations, it didn’t matter if we wore the same clothes every day, and it was a private, beautiful, peaceful place to hang out at for five days.  It is rare that we have such a vacation.  For those of you that haven’t had an opportunity to experience that part of the country, I would encourage you to put it on your list.  It transports you back to a time when things were a little slower and simpler, and there is nothing wrong with that.