On June 29, OASIS participated in The American Heroes Airshow, which took place at Hansen Dam and featured helicopter demonstrations from various law enforcement and rescue agencies and the Armed Forces. OASIS members braved 100+ temperatures to meet and greet aviation enthusiasts. As OASIS had learned from attending the Riverside Air Show (see the April 2013 issue of The Odyssey), many such enthusiasts are also interested in space events.
This proved again to be the case at American Heroes: a considerable number stopped by the OASIS table to ask questions about activities, gather fliers and Ad Astra magazines, and sign the mailing list. The Ad Astra issue featuring the Curiosity was especially popular with airshow goers, and flew off the shelves.
OASIS Vice-President Gareth Powell donated space-themed toys for a raffle, which proved popular among the younger attendees. A determined few returned each hour to check if they had won anything, and were rewarded by the end of the show. One young visitor who appeared to be around 10 years old announced his intention to be an astronaut someday, and another told the OASIS people that she wanted to study aeronautical engineering. A student at one of the local community colleges spoke of his studies in astronomy and his goal to become a researcher at JPL.
OASIS would like to thank Steve Bartlett, Lisa Kaspin-Powell, Gareth Powell and Craig Ward for volunteering their time at the table, not to mention surviving the intense heat.