"Mooney" planes leave Madison in formation to EAA air show

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Sunday, July 27, 2014 -- 12:50 p.m.

More than 30 planes took off from Dane Co. Regional Airport this morning to fly in formation to the EAA air show in Oshkosh.

The vast majority of them were "Mooney" planes, which are single-engine aircraft known for their extensive history and fan following in the aviation industry, according to John Andrews with Wisconsin Aviation.

Wisconsin Aviation served as a home base for the aircraft that traveled in from all over the country over the weekend.

Pilots used their stay in Madison to do proficiency checks and fly numerous practice formations before their flight Sunday morning.

The formations were flown in "three ship elements", meaning that all of the planes took off in groups of three every 15 seconds.

Andrews said that Mooney pilots have been taking off from Madison in preparation for Oshkosh since 1998, and at their peak had nearly 100 planes participating.

The planes took off at 10:30 a.m.

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