Forum titles and presenters come and go with time,
technology, and events. However, one of our recordings
has been a hit with listeners
for over three decades!
I'm referring, of course, to Forum Recordings'
"Oshkosh tower" recording.
Need to get your enthusiasm up in the middle of February? Listen to "Fantastic Friday at Oshkosh Tower" and you'll be welding, bending, laying-up, or painting with vigor!
This is one of the most unique events we've recorded at EAA AirVenture. Listen to 45 enjoyable minutes of communications from the tower at OSH during the busiest period of the busiest day on record.
In 1974, when this was recorded, EAA's Annual Convention and Fly-In (it wasn't even "AirVenture" back then) was held from Wednesday through Wednesday. This made a weekend in the middle of the event which attracted aviation enthusiasts by droves. On Friday when the field opened following the afternoon airshow, the tower was amazed to find literally hundreds of planes orbiting over the forest, fields, and lakes of Wisconsin, awaiting the opening of the field and their opportunity to land at the Mecca of sport aviation.
The OSH tower controllers are a great bunch. They innovated and got the planes in, landing over a dozen a minute at times. As a result of this abnormal event, the arrival procedures which grew into the procedures we use today were implemented.
The Friday of 1974's Convention was, therefore, a unique event in history. This classic recording is still available for your enjoyment and education.