Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Jake Buell: Flying to new heights with The Press

Seen here holding his own ‘Seen with The Press’ feature, 12-year-old Jake Buell has made traveling with the Brentwood Press part of his yearly trip to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh since he was 4 years old. 

The Brentwood Press has traveled all over the world in many hands, but its yearly trip to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for an air show with 12-year-old Jake Buell has become a treasured tradition.

Jake and his dad Mark Buell first brought their hometown paper to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the annual air show held for aviation enthusiasts, when Jake was only 4 years old.

“My dad had seen pictures in the paper of people who had taken the Brentwood Press with them to different places, and he decided to take a picture of me and send it in to see if it would get in,” said Jake, who first posed with his Press in front of a brown banner displayed each year at the show. “After that, we just decided to do it again, so each year, we bring it with us to the air show.”

And they have a growing stack of Press clippings to show for it, as that first trip filled Jake with an excitement that grew over the years into a passion for planes and a dream of obtaining his pilot’s license. He and his dad both share this passion for aviation, along with their weeklong trip to Oshkosh each year.

“It’s a week away with Dad,” said Melissa Buell, Jake’s mother. “It’s something really special they share.”

EAA AirVenture garners over 600,000 people and thousands upon thousands of planes during which time the Wittman Field FAA Control Tower becomes the busiest in the world. The air show attracts planes of all types, including military and original Ford Trimotors and not to mention rebuilt panes from World War II, such as the B-29, which is rare due to the fact that most were used for scrap metal.

Last year, the family pulled a trailer and embarked on a three-week journey en route to Oshkosh. But once Mark and Jake get their pilot’s licenses, they hope to fly and tent for the week under the wing of their plane. While Jake can’t get his license until he’s 16, he can fly under supervision, which led him to an unforgettable opportunity.

Through the family’s involvement with the air show, Jake was able to fly with Team Oracle’s Sean D. Tucker, a legend in the aviation world for his aerobatic plane performances and involvement with the Young Eagles Program.

“Jake was doing air rolls and hammerheads with Sean in the back seat,” Melissa said. “As a mother, I was terrified, but it was really cool to watch.”

Between camping under spectacular bolts of lightning shooting across an endless sky, learning how to fly through thunderstorms and even meeting Harrison Ford last year, Jake has made the Brentwood Press part of his memories. He plans to keep the tradition going strong. 

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