Seventies fun at Rockford, IL.

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PRA Convention in Rockford, IL. just after the EAA moved to Oshkosh, we moved into Rockford. Big fly-in Convention, run by Russ and Fran Jansen.

See if you can name these old timers?
 

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Photo #1 is Dr. Bensen, #2 is some screwloose character from Florida whose name escapes me and #3, I have no idea.

Thanks, Tom, brings back some happy memories.
 

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Igor Bensen
Chuck Beaty
Bud VanHooten
 

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I should have guessed that was EA VanHooten, Phil, -He was one of the few who consistently flew without a helmet.

I once gave him a helmet that I’d painted yellow and covered with bat silhouettes but Van said it was too pretty to risk skinning up if he ever crashed so rarely wore it.
 

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I'll have to post some more old photos since you guys got these right. Hey Chuck, were you at Rockford the night a big thunderstorm was headed our way and a rather "altered" Van narrated the whole thing, (until he was overpowered by the storm)? Those were fun times. Thanks Frannie and Russ.
 

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Vaguely, Tom. What I remember most was someone jabbering over the PA system and perhaps it was Van in the incident to which you refer; until someone pulled the power plug on the PA system.

The prerotators in those 70s photos are interesting. Dr B had a hydraulic prerotator designed by Bill Parsons while Vans and my gyro had the earliest form of flex shaft prerotator, designed By Hubert Zeller using a $10 Sears cable tool extension shaft. Hubert had emigrated from Germany in the 1950s.
 
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