EAA AirVenture 2019

Celebrating EAA AirVenture’s 50th Anniversary, KipAero’s Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter was a stunning success despite stormy conditions at the beginning of the week.

Each morning at the Vintage Red Barn, Tony Wyntenburg of Classic Aero Machining Service and his crew lead presentations on rotary engine operation. Those in attendance could see, smell, and feel the power from the torque-driven, castor oil-gulping, new production, WW1 era Gnome rotary engine – the best WW1 aviation experience EAA AirVenture 2019.

Gnome Engine Runs At Vintage Red Barn
Kip Lankenau, pilot, and Tony Wytenburg of Classic Aero Machining Service demonstrate the power of the Gnome Monosoupape rotary engine at EAA AirVenture 2019, Vintage area.

As a historian, Kip Lankenau shared his knowledge with attendees during the following seminars:

Building WW1 Aeroplanes – Tuesday, July 23 11:30 am at the Hilton Theater. Understanding the process, the how and why of aeroplane design and construction during the Great War. Discusses the challenges and resources available, and how to choose the right aeroplane for anyone interested in the restoration or recreation of early aviation.

Sopwith – The Man and His Aircraft – Thursday, July 25 11:30 am at the Hilton Theater. The story behind the most famous name in World War One aviation. Learn about the life of Thomas Sopwith, his aeroplanes, Sopwith Aviation Company Ltd, and his effect on British aviation to the present day.

Wednesday through Sunday, the authentic Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter was walked from the KipAero booth down to the Vintage Circle to be on display by the Red Barn.

Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter Vintage Red Barn
Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter on display in the Vintage area at Oshkosh 2019

Overnight, the Kiwi Strutter was housed in the WW1 era Bessonneau, a temporary hangar that provided shelter for the war birds just behind the front.

Sopwith Strutter housed in Bessonneau
WW1 era temporary hangar, a Bessonneau, housed the KipAero Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter

We would like to thank many folks who helped make this challenging trip successful. First, the Kip Motor crew who continue to run the shop while others focus on KipAero; secondly, Tony Wyntenburg of Classic Aero Machining Services the genius behind the Gnome Monosoupape rotary engine; Dave Samples, Retired Air Force pilot and rigger; Bruce Kimme, Aircraft Maintenance Manager for ATT and KipAero volunteer; Vic Walker specializing in long distance logistics; First Aid & Relief personnel Theresa & Steve Kaualoku plus the KipAero ack emmas: Nathaniel Holman, Vlad Lankenau, and Curren Harris.

The 2019 KipAero Crew at Oshkosh EAA AirVenture