Those seeking in-depth information on some
of the most important military aircraft ever flown need look no further
than the twice-daily EAA’s Warbirds in Review presentations at
AirVenture. Every day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Monday’s second
presentation starts at noon; see below), presenters and planes are
featured at an all-new venue in the Warbirds area—a major expansion
and improvement to the presentation areas courtesy of the Scotts
C-47 Tico Belle
appears Tuesday at 10 a.m. Photo by Valiant Air Command
In its ninth year, Warbirds in Review allows
visitors to explore an aircraft’s restoration, operation, and other
aspects of owning a valued piece of history. They also spotlight
veterans who tell their personal stories about what it was like to fly
the aircraft in combat, or support the operation as a ground crew
Connie Bowlin, director of EAA Warbirds of
America and founder/coordinator of the Warbirds in Review program, said,
“It is an honor and a pleasure to work with the veterans, owners,
pilots, restoration, and maintenance experts who are the keepers of
these treasures—the warbird aircraft that tell the story of our
history. This combined support is what makes Warbirds in Review
It all begins Monday at 10 a.m. with a T-33,
featuring owner Roy Ihde and EAA Warbirds magazine editor Jim Busha.
Monday’s second presentation begins at noon and features a Vietnam
tribute with the OV-1 Mohawk, O2, and the UH-1B Huey gunship. Guests
include Mohawk crew members, O2 owner Bob Schafer, veteran pilot Ted
Einnes, and Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Bruce Crandall, who will talk
about flying the Huey.
The rest of the week’s schedule at a
Tuesday 10 a.m. - C.E. “Bud”
Anderson, Jack Roush, Jim Hagedorn with two Old Crow P-51s ; 1 p.m. -
C-47 Tico Belle.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - Christina Olds,
daughter of Robin Olds, with the Collings Foundation’s F-4 Phantom;
and a P-38, with owner Ron Fagen; 1 p.m. - Lone Star Flight Museum’s
Thursday 10 a.m. - Buck and Bill
Patillo with two P-51s, Sweet & Lovely and Little Rebel, and USAF
Thunderbird No. 7; 1 p.m. - Clyde East with the P-51 Lil Margaret, owned
by Butch Schroeder.
Friday 10 a.m. - Bob Hoover with the
Vintage Wings of Canada Golden Hawk F-86; 1 p.m. - Joe Engle with the
North American T-28, owned by Scott McLain.
Saturday 10 a.m. - FG1-D Corsair,
owner John O’Connor; 1 p.m. - Douglas AD-1 Skyraider with owner Paul
Sunday 10 a.m. – Women Airforce
Service Pilots (WASP) with a PT-17 Stearman owned by Andy and Mike
Porter; 1 p.m. - Nakajima A6M2 Model 21 Zero with Warren Pietsch.