JAN 2015

Experimenter is a magazine created by EAA for people who build airplanes. We will report on amateur-built aircraft as well as ultralights and other light aircraft.

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NEWS FROM HQ ONE OF THE MOST harrowing and triumphant adventures in space exploration history will be commemorated at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, as members of the Apollo 13 crew and team will participate in activities marking the 45th anniver- sary of what was called the "successful failure" of the aborted moon mission. Apollo 13 mission commander Jim Lovell and fl ight director Gene Kranz will lead the members of the mission team partici- pating in activities at Oshkosh. They will recount the prepara- tions for what was planned as the third manned mission to the moon, the circumstances surrounding the malfunction that threatened the crew, and the ingenuity and determination that allowed the astronauts' safe return to Earth. EAA AirVenture 2015, the 63rd annual EAA fl y-in conven- tion, will be held July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The fi nal schedule and list of additional Apollo 13 team members are still being established. Exact schedules and activities will be announced as they are confi rmed. Lovell is one of America's most experienced astronauts, with fl ights on four missions. After fl ying aboard Gemini 7 and Gemini 12, he was command module pilot for the famed Apollo 8 mission that in December 1968 became the fi rst manned mission to orbit the moon. His fl ight in Apollo 13 was portrayed by Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks in the 1995 movie Apollo 13. Kranz was one of Apollo's most experienced fl ight of cers during the 1960s, and was a top of cial in NASA mission op- erations until his retirement in 1994 with experience stretch- ing from the early Mercury fl ights through the space shuttle program. Most recognized with his trademark vest that he wore in NASA Mission Control, he was portrayed by actor Ed Harris in Apollo 13, whose performance earned an Academy Award nomination. Both Lovell and Kranz have visited the EAA fl y-in convention on several occasions, most notably in 1994 when the memorable Salute to Apollo program recognized the 25th anniversary of the fi rst successful manned moon landing. Both men are also avid aviation enthusiasts with military aviation backgrounds. Honoring the Apollo 13 Mission Flight director Eugene F. Kranz is pictured during a simulation at the fl ight director console in Houston's Mission Control Center. A NEW YEAR BRINGS a fast-approaching EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015! You can now purchase your admission tickets in advance and camping for the 63rd annual convention and fly-in scheduled for July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. EAA members and nonmembers can purchase daily and weekly admissions tickets in advance via a secure website— www.EAA.org/tickets —and purchases made before June 14, 2015, include a $2 discount on daily adult admissions and $5 on weekly adult admissions. "With its variety of attractions and entertainment options, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh remains one of the great family- friendly destinations at an af ordable price," said Rick Larsen, vice president, communities and member programs. "This advance purchase system is the best way to be fully ready for this sum- mer and an unforgettable experience at Oshkosh, while saving money at the same time." Get Ready for Oshkosh 2015 Photography courtesy of NASA and EAA

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