Sunday, February 20, 2011


It was in the summer of 1995 when the Greater Illinois Region of the CCCA was invited to a private Fly-In, hosted by the late, Bill Rose, who was the owner of the Milrose Restaurant in South Barrington.

The late Ted Kosten, for many years the official head photographer at the EAA Oshkosh Air Shows, was hired by Mr. Rose to cover the event. Ted had invited me to drive my T-Bird onto the field in order to obtain photos with several of the mostly vintage aircraft.

Several years earlier, we had attended the outing at the Rose Estate near Barrington, where there was a 2,500-foot long (grass) runway - and a number of hangars. (Bill would typically field several planes at the Oshkosh Air Show every year.)

The 1995 photo, with my 'Bird parked in front of a Stearman, was taken at the Rose property near Marengo, where a 3.000-foot (grass) landing strip accommodated numerous (larger) aircraft.

The events, featuring mouth-watering food and beverages to the 1,000 guests, came to
an end following the death of an Ultralight pilot at the Marengo field. I will keep the
memories of those special times as another fun-filled T-Bird adventure!

- Editor

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