Who or What is Cessnas 2 Oshkosh?

Updated February 26, 2015 07:13 EST

Dennis, Fred and Rodney received a well deserved award for a job well done in 2006

As has been the case with other events in aviation history, the origin of the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh mass arrival can be traced back to a group of pilots searching for a way to fly and spend time together. In the summer of 2005 a small group of Cessna owners led by Fred Johnson and Rodney Swanson met in the North 40 during the celebration of EAA AirVenture - Oshkosh to figure out a way to fly in, camp and hang out together as a group under the wings of their airplanes in the North 40. The ultimate goal was to share their mutual passion for aviation and have a good time together during the week of EAA AirVenture - Oshkosh.

These friends, all experienced pilots, concluded that the only sure way to accomplish these goals was to organize a mass arrival as it had been done by other groups like the Bonanzas to Oshkosh, the pioneers of the mass arrival movement, and the Mooney Caravan. This movement continues to grow, since Cessnas 2 Oshkosh celebrated its first mass arrival in 2006, other groups like the Comanches to Oshkosh and the Cherokees to Oshkosh, have followed.

The word went out initially through the Cessna Pilots Association website and later through a website created for this purpose by Fred Johnson and maintained by webmaster Dennis D'Angelo. Rodney Swanson, an experienced military pilot and current Director of Training and Operations for Cessnas 2 Oshkosh, developed the training program. This carefully designed program was distributed in a standardized package to many experienced pilots and instructors who organized clinics around the nation. Enthusiastic pilots without previous experience in formation flight took part in these clinics and prepared to fly the arrival using this training program.

Rodney addressing the crew during the post-arrival debriefing in 2006.Safety, first in the minds of the founders, is still our main concern. We have established two strict requirements to fly the arrival. Pilots must complete training in at least one formation clinic during the year of the arrival, and must be present at the final brief on the day of the arrival at 12:00 Noon CDT in Juneau, Wisconsin. Cessnas 2 Oshkosh conducts formation flight training clinics in many locations around the United States.

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2006

Updated February 25, 2015 19:29 EST

2006 was the year of the 50th anniversary of the Cessna Skyhawk (C172) and Skylane (C182) models entry into production. Cessnas 2 Oshkosh celebrated by flying 50 aircraft in formation into Oshkosh. It was a historical event, the landing sequence from the formation lead touchdown to formation tail runway exit on its way to the North 40 took 11 minutes. It was an exceptionally well planned and executed operation. The events that followed at Cessna Base Camp in the North 40 are unforgettable. More than 500 Cessna owners and pilots joined in this celebration.

Click here view to view the EAA video of the 2006 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Arrival.
On July 29th, 2006, Cessnas 2 Oshkosh succesfully conducted the first mass arrival of Cessna aircraft into EAA AirVenture - Oshkosh. EAA captured the moment of our arrival in a short video. Our thanks to EAA for keeping the video available in their archive, allowing us to rejoice reminiscing that moment in the Summer of 2006. To watch the video, click on the image above.

 

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2007

Updated February 25, 2015 19:29 EST

2007 was a year of reality testing, reflection and course correction in the history of Cessnas 2 Oshkosh. We faced very serious difficulties and overcame the toughest internal as well as external challenges. In spite of the circumstances, we manage to conduct two mass arrivals, one into Sun n Fun®, and the other into EAA AirVenture - Oshkosh®.

In mid April, we gathered at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (KZPH) from Friday 13 to Sunday 15, camped on its grounds and launched a mass arrival flight into Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (KLAL). The experience solidified the friendship between the members of the group and consolidated their commitment to each other and to Cessnas 2 Oshkosh.

On July 21, the Saturday before the start of EAA AirVenture 2007, Cessnas 2 Oshkosh conducted its second mass arrival into the Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) in Oshkosh. It was a token appearance that strengthen the group's resolve to push on with the idea of an annual mass arrival of Cessna aircraft into Oshkosh.

A crucial moment in the history of Cessnas 2 Oshkosh interrupted the latency period that began in the summer. In December of 2007, John Frank, President of the Cessna Pilots Association®, approached Rodney Swanson, the driving force behind Cessnas 2 Oshkosh, to offer his mediation to obtain official recognition of the group by the EAA® and to draw an official Letter of Agreement (LOA) between the major players: EAA®, FAA and Cessnas 2 Oshkosh, represented by the Cessna Pilots Association®. It was the dawn of a new era for Cessnas 2 Oshkosh.

 

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2008

Updated February 25, 2015 19:29 EST

Pilots, relatives and friends that participated in the 2009 Mass Arrival.

On July 26, 2008, the first year of our partnership with the Cessna Pilots Association, Cessnas 2 Oshkosh successfully conducted the third mass arrival into EAA AirVenture - Oshkosh. In spite of poor weather conditions affecting most of the country, thirty-three (33) aircraft made it to Juneau and participated in the mass arrival. Pilots, relatives and friends enjoyed life at Cessna Base Camp and made this great event a major success.

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2012 Mass Arrival Flight on its way to the North 40
Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2012 Mass Arrival Flight on its way to the North 40. Photo by Craig VenderKolk - EAA Staff

EAA President and AirVenture Chairman Tom Poberezny greets Richard and Suzie Bowden (l) and Gil Velez (r) upon their arrival with the Cessnas to Oshkosh group.
EAA President and AirVenture Chairman Tom Poberezny (c) greets Richard and Suzie Bowden (l) and Gil Velez (r) upon their arrival with the Cessnas to Oshkosh group.  Photo by Dan Luft - EAA Staff

See who flew the 2008 Mass Arrival See a map of the 2008 Pilots' Home Base
See the 2008 Element Composition Report
 

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2009

Updated February 25, 2015 19:29 EST

2009 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival Group.

On July 25th 2009, the second year of our partnership with the Cessna Pilots Association, Cessnas 2 Oshkosh successfully conducted our fourth mass arrival into Oshkosh. Thirty-nine (39) aircraft participated in the 2009 mass arrival. A numerous group of companions, relatives and friends made the event a success.

 

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2010

Updated February 25, 2015 19:29 EST

2010 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Group

In 2010 we had all the pieces in place for a banner arrival, but Mother Nature had other plans. Torrential rains over Wisconsin for weeks on end prior to the date of the arrival saturated and flooded the ground at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. For safety reasons EAA cancelled all the arrivals. We didn't give up. Instead, we quickly reached out to the EAA and the FAA to coordinate a formation flyby over Wittman Regional Airport. The flyover was not only succesful, it was very exciting to all of us flying it, to those on the ground at Oshkosh watching it and even to the many FAA ATC controllers at OSH tower. We really thrilled everyone. But it was not enough, We still had a mission to accomplish, make it to the North 40 in Oshkosh as a group. We again reached out to the EAA and obtained their full support and logistic assistance. At the risk of finding ourselves with a mutiny in our hands, we asked our participants to leave all the airplanes at Dodge County Airport with the good people of Wisconsin Aviation in Juneau and organized a convoy into Oshkosh. We did make it to the North 40 as a group and set our Cessna Base Camp. The week that followed was a testament to what drives us, the camaraderie among our pilots, relatives and friends. We had a blast!

See who flew the 2010 Mass Arrival See a map of the 2010 Pilots' Home Base
See the 2010 Element Composition Report

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2011

Updated February 25, 2015 19:29 EST

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2011 Pilots and Friends Group

On July 24th 2011, the fourth year of our partnership with the Cessna Pilots Association, Cessnas 2 Oshkosh successfully conducted the sixth mass arrival into Oshkosh. Forty-four (44) aircraft participated in the 2011 mass arrival. A numerous group of companions, relatives and friends made the event a success.

See who flew the 2011 Mass Arrival See a map of the 2011 Pilots' Home Base
See the 2011 Element Composition Report

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2012

Updated February 25, 2015 19:29 EST

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2012 Pilots and Friends Group

We did it again in 2012. On July 21st, the Saturday before the start of EAA AirVenture 2012, Cessnas 2 Oshkosh conducted its seventh annual mass arrival into the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This mass arrival was the fifth in partnership with the Cessna Pilots Association.

The 2012 Mass Arrival Flight consisted of forty-one (41) aircraft. Eight (8) models were represented. The Skyhawk (C172) led the way with twelve (12) aircraft, followed by the Cardinal (C177) and the Centurion with eight (8) aircraft each, the Skylane (C182) with seven (7), the Skywagon (C185) and the C310 with two (2) each and the Stationair (C206) and the Skymaster (C337) with one (1) each.

Twenty (20) states and three (3) Canadian provinces were represented. Texas led the way with five (5) pilots, followed by Connecticut, Florida and Ontario with three (3), Arkansas, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Washington with two (2), Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee, Alberta and British Columbia with one (1) pilot each.

The forty-one (41) aircraft in the 2012 Mass Arrival Flight were arranged in fifteen (15) elements. The Skyhawks (C172) led the flight with twelve (12) aircraft arranged in four (4) elements, followed by eight (8) Cardinals (C177) arranged in three (3) elements, a mixed element of two (2) Skywagons (C185) and one (1) Skylane (C182), another mixed element of two (2) Skylanes and one (1) Stationair (C206), four (4) more Skylanes (C182) arranged in two (2) elements, eight (8) Centurions (C210) arranged in three (3) elements and a mixed element of one (1) Skymaster (C337) and two (2) Cessna 310 closed the flight.

Click here to download the 2012 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival Flight Composition.

The timetable of the mass arrival flight was the following:
Revised 08/01/2012 10:00 EDT1

Cessna Lead Takes Off KUNU Rwy 20 18:54:00 UTC
Cessna Lead Reports the 20 NM Position: 19:15:00 UTC Click here to listen to the actual ATC audio2
Cessna Lead Reports the 10 NM Position 19:20:33 UTC Click here to listen to the actual ATC audio2
Cessna Lead Reports the 5 NM Position 19:24:16 UTC Click here to listen to the actual ATC audio2
Cessna Lead 1 NM Short Final 19:29:24 UTC  
Cessna Lead Touches Down KOSH 36L 19:30:06 UTC  
OSH Twr Queries Cessna Trail 13.5 NM Out 19:30:08 UTC Click here to listen to the actual ATC audio2
Cessna Trail Reports the 10 NM Position 19:31:15 UTC Click here to listen to the actual ATC audio2
Cessna Trail Reports 0.5 NM On Final 19:35:05 UTC Click here to listen to the actual ATC audio2
Cessna Trail Touches Down KOSH 36R 19:36:00 UTC Click here to listen to the actual ATC audio2
Cessna Trail Clears Runway 36R 19:36:25 UTC  
Cessna Lead Shuts Engine Off North 40 19:48:00 UTC  
 
Total Time To Clear Runways06 min. 19 sec.
Total Duration of 2012 Flight42 min. 19 sec.
1 Times are not official, may not be 100% accurate and are subject to change. They are the result of a consolidation of information obtained
   from various sources, mostly amateur video clips and live audio recordings obtained by volunteers and submitted to Cessnas 2 Oshkosh.
   Thanks to all the volunteers who made this possible.
2 Audio clips were extracted from archived mp3 audio files used with permission from LiveATC.net.
See who flew the 2012 Mass Arrival See a map of the 2012 Pilots' Home Base
See the 2012 Element Composition Report

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2013

Updated February 25, 2015 19:29 EST

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2013 Pilots and Friends Group

We did it again in 2013. On July 27th, the Saturday before the start of EAA AirVenture 2013, Cessnas 2 Oshkosh conducted its eighth annual mass arrival into the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This mass arrival was the sixth in partnership with the Cessna Pilots Association.

Thanks to all the pilots, relatives and friends who made the 2013 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival a very special one. We flew our forty-two (42) planes into Oshkosh and had a fantastic time at Cessna BaseCamp! Congratulations to each and every one of our pilots, relatives and friends!

The 2013 Mass Arrival Flight consisted of forty-two (42) aircraft. Seven (7) models were represented. The Skylane (C182) led the way with fourteen (14) aircraft, followed by the Skyhawk (C172) with eleven (11) aircraft, the Cardinal (C177) and the Centurion with six (6) aircraft each, the Skywagon (C185) with three (3) aircraft, and the Stationair (C206) and the Skymaster (C337) with one (1) aircraft each.

Eighteen (18) states, one (1) Canadian province and the Island of Luzon in The Phillippines were represented. Texas led the way with ten (10) pilots, followed by California with four (4) pilots, Massachusetts and Washington with three (3) pilots each, Connecticut, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin with two (2) pilots each, and Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Alberta and the Island of Luzon Island with one (1) pilot each.

The forty-two (42) aircraft in the 2013 Mass Arrival Flight were arranged in fifteen (15) elements. The Skyhawks (C172) led the flight with eleven (11) aircraft arranged in four (4) elements, followed by six (6) Cardinals arranged in two (2) elements, one element of three (3) Skywagons, a mixed element of two (2) Skylanes and one (1) Stationair, followed by twelve (12) Skylanes arranged in four (4) elements, six (6) Centurions (C210) arranged in two (2) elements and a single aircraft element of one Skymaster (C337). Cessna Lead was Robert Ahern in his Skyhawk N20355 and Cessna Tail was Robert Morris in his Skymaster Bumble Bee N337B.

See who flew the 2013 Mass Arrival See a map of the 2013 Pilots' Home Base
See the 2013 Element Composition Report

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2014

Updated February 25, 2015 19:29 EST

2014 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Group Picture

2014 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh. Photo by Craig Vander Kolk - EAA staff.

Congratulations to each and every one of our pilots, relatives and friends! We have accomplished the feat of flawlessly flying our fifty-four (54) planes into Oshkosh. Thanks to each and every one of you for contributing to make the 2014 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival a tremendous success.

On July 26, the Saturday before the start of EAA AirVenture 2014, Cessnas 2 Oshkosh conducted its ninth annual mass arrival into the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This was our seventh year in partnership with the Cessna Pilots Association.

The fifty-four (54) aircraft in the 2014 Mass Arrival Flight were arranged in nineteen (19) elements. Follow this link to view the composition of the mass arrival flight, element by element. Follow this link to view the 2014 Mass Arrival Report.

See who flew the 2014 Mass Arrival See a map of the 2014 Pilots' Home Base
See the 2014 Element Composition Report

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