This past week was the big show in Oshkosh and I have been on the internet every couple hours looking for pictures highlighting the event. Sure looks like it was a good turn out. This morning I pulled up the list of award winners and was not surprised at some of the winners. Follow the link below to the 2012 Oshkosh award winners...
Peter Ramm was awarded Antique Grand Champion for the restoration of his beautiful 1937 Lockheed 12, serial number 1222, registered as CF-LKD. (Photo provided by Mr. Ramm.) Congrats to Mr. Ramm! All the hard work paid off! (For more on surviving Lockheed 12s see our survivors web page. Follow the link at the bottom of this post.)
Walter Bowe collected the Antique Reserve Grand Champion award for his extremely rare 1929 Laird LC-RW300, NC4442. (Photo by Mark Todd.) This is one racy looking biplane! Congrats, Walt!
In the classic listing I spotted a 1954 Cessna 170B, N1899C that took the Classic Reserve Grand Champion. Just a few weeks ago I found the blog where young Mr. Barron was posting the progress on the restoration of this 170B. Go see the photos of this detailed restoration!
On the Warbird listing two amazing restorations that I have been watching topped the charts. Warbird Reserve Grand Champion - World War II went to Rod Lewis and his Curtiss P-40C, N295RL. We featured a blog post about this airplane last year. I can't hardly wait to see this early model Curtiss in person!
The award for Warbird Grand Champion went to The Collings Foundation for their North American A-36 Apache, N4607V. (Photo by Jim Buxton.) An off shoot of the Mustang design this rare fighter-bomber attracted a lot of attention and appears to be a restoration of the highest caliber! Another one I can't wait to see in person.
Watch the news stands for the award winners to be featured in the aviation magazines over the next few months.
Links - Lockheed 12, EAA Airventure - Oshkosh, Collings Foundation, Lewis Air Legends, Barron Aviation