Breezy Pilots To Converge At Oshkosh

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image: EAA

image: EAA

The Breezy aircraft has been around for 50 years now, and EAA is marking the anniversary of this long-lasting homebuilt with a number of special activities at AirVenture in Oshkosh this July. The organization is inviting all Breezy owners and operators to bring their aircraft to the show, where they will gather in a special parking area near the Brown Arch at the center of the event. Special fly-bys and formation flights will take place during the week. About 1,000 of the airplanes are believed to be flying, according to EAA. Thousands of people were treated to free rides in a breezy at Oshkosh over the years, courtesy of Carl Unger, one of the design's originators.

The Breezy was designed and constructed in 1964 by Unger, Charley Roloff and Bob Liposky, EAA said in a news release. It featured a pair of Piper PA-12 wings and a factory-new Continental C-90-8 engine in pusher configuration. "The first Breezy made its initial EAA fly-in appearance the following year at the annual convention, at Rockford, Ill., and a tradition was born," EAA said. Owners who would like to bring their Breezy to Oshkosh but don't want to fly it there can get help from ferry pilots who have offered to help. More info can be found at EAA's website and at the Breezy 50th Anniversary Facebook page.