Actually, I wasn't really planning to go to Oshkosh this year. An invitation to fly with Barry Hammarback in his Piaggio 136 Royal Gull changed my mind! Barry and his wife, Pat, were kind enough to take me and my best buddy, son, and sherpa- Riley, along for a short stay at the Seaplane Base. It's not everyday you get a chance to fly in a rare bird like the Royal Gull.