Eight EAA staff members were recognized for their efforts during the recently concluded EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh with a lunch at Central County Airport in Iola Friday, Aug. 17.
Six pilots from the EAA staff, including EAA President Rod Hightower, flew their fellow employees to the Friday lunch that has become renowned among aviation enthusiasts in Wisconsin.
The group arrived in an assortment of unique aircraft, including two T-6 trainers from World War II and custom-built airplanes. They were a big hit at the Iola lunch on their arrival and were introduced by Hightower when he spoke to the more than 100 luncheon attendees.
Those employees honored by EAA with the special trip were from throughout the organization, including grounds maintenance, marketing, and finance. The group included Susan Levitte, Jennifer Bork, Nadia Farr, Barb Hall, Steve Taylor, Kevin Hazaert, Dana Heimos and Karen Gilgenbach.
The 60th annual EAA fly-in at Oshkosh attracted visitors from more than 60 nations, as well as celebrities such as move director George Lucas, NASCAR owner Jack Roush and Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan.