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Flying group heads from La Crosse to Oshkosh Fly-In

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About 130 small airplanes took off Saturday from the La Crosse Airport to travel as a group to the EAA Fly-In in Oshkosh, Wis.

The planes had been scheduled to take off just before noon, but weather concerns led to a delay of departures until after 2:30 p.m.

Once the takeoffs began, the planes generally left the ground in groups of three, often less than a minute after the previous group took to the air.

The Bonanza planes from around the country have flown as a group to Oshkosh for about 30 years.

Through 2019, they gathered in Rockford, Ill., for the last leg of the trip to the EAA, but there was no fly-in for 2020, and difficulties arose this year, so they chose La Crosse as a takeoff point for 2021 instead.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.