By Lt.j.g. Stephanie Palacheck
A detachment of 17 Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 "Red Lancers" arrived at the Wittman Regional Airport in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin July 24 to participate in the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture annual fly-in convention.
The convention ran from July 24-30 and featured daily airshows, aerobatic demonstrations, nightly concerts, night airshows, workshops and static displays. This year, the convention hosted more than 10,000 aircraft and 500,000 visitors from more than 70 countries.
The Red Lancers flew to Osh Kosh to display the P-8A Poseidon, the Navy's newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.
The static display of the P-8A drew a lot of interest since many convention attendees had never toured the new military aircraft before.
"We gave thousands of P-8A tours to aviation enthusiasts over the week at the air show," said Lt. Brian Young of VP-10.
"As soon as we finished answering questions from one group, another interested party would be waiting for a tour."
The Red Lancers also enjoyed interacting with other active and retired military personnel at the convention.
Throughout the week, they enjoyed answering questions about the P-8A as well as touring other military aircraft.
"I answered a lot of questions from military personnel who were curious about the differences between the P-3C and the new P-8A that is replacing it," said Lt. Fiona McCoy, of VP-10.
"They were very impressed by the technological updates that accompanied the new aircraft."