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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedWarbirds in Review: A daily salute to Veterans

C-47 Tico Belle appears Tuesday at 10 a.m. Photo by Valiant Air Command

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 Miracle-Gro Company.

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 member.

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 successful.”

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 glance:

  • 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 B-17 Thunderbird.
  • 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 Wood.
  • 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.

FUTURE AIRVENTURE DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3; 2015: July 20-26; 2016: July 25-31; 2017: July 24-30
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