Monday, July 27, 2009…After much anticipation and hard work from our Quest family in Sandpoint, we were excited to arrive at Oshkosh and see so many KODIAKs here at the show. There are 4 others on site in addition to the 2 we flew out from the factory. Just walking from the Main Gate down through AeroShell Square it seemed like there were KODIAK sightings everywhere.
In addition to the Spokane Turbine Center (STC) aircraft (pictured above) the US Fish & Wildlife Service brought their new aircraft to AirVenture this year. I imagine they are enjoying the numerous KODIAK sightings as much as we are.
And, JAARS has a KODIAK in their booth.
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) also has a KODIAK on site.
And, of course, we have the 2 aircraft we flew out.
Just think, it was only 4 years ago that the prototype KODIAK made its debut at Oshkosh. My how times change!
We’ve seen a lot of people and we’ve made a lot of friends over the last 4 years. Suppliers, customers, and the communities that support mission organizations have come to expect to see our smiling faces and of course our airplane. It was great to meet up with old friends, supporters, and a crowd of KODIAK enthusiasts from around the world as the day progressed. We’ve really enjoyed catching up with you all both in the booth and as we’ve explored the show. If you’re out here this year stop by and say hi. We’d love to swap stories.
Of course today was opening day and it started out a perfect day for an air show! A cool breeze, light humidity and plenty of eager airplane lovers waiting at the gates. One major highlight was the arrival of the WhiteKnightTwo. How incredible to witness history in the making.
The day wrapped up on a wet note, however, as a severe thunderstorm rolled through, canceling the afternoon air show. All in all, it was a great kickoff and we look forward to the rest of the week.
Hope to see you tomorrow,