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P-40C Tomahawk
A P-40C Tomahawk is one of three warbirds Lewis Air Legends is bringing to EAA AirVenture 2012 (Photo courtesy of Lewis Air Legends).
PV-2 Harpoon Attu Warrior
See the Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon Attu Warrior on the ground and in the air when flying in AirVenture warbirds air shows (Photo by Matt Ottosen).
C-46 Curtiss Commando Tinker Belle
The C-46 Curtiss Commando Tinker Belle will be at EAA AirVenture for the first time this year (Photo by David F. Brown).

The Warbirds area, always among the most popular attractions at AirVenture Oshkosh, will feature hundreds of aircraft that attendees can see up close and personal throughout the week. Among the T-6s, P-51s, Stearmans, T-28s, and other assorted jets, fighters, bombers, and trainers, a number of distinctive aircraft are expected - including some first-time attendees, according to Bill Fischer, EAA Warbirds of America executive director. Here's a sampling:

One first-time attendee is the Curtiss C-46F Commando Tinker Belle, a World War II transport named after its longtime home at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. This giant airplane - the heaviest and largest twin-engine airplane to see operational use with the United States Army Air Force during WWII - bears original military colors and interior.

C-46s played a major role in operations over the Himalayan mountain range known as the "Hump," flying fuel and other supplies from bases in India to China. Tinker Belle is owned and operated by Warriors & Warbirds Inc. and is one of about 234 C-46F models built.

The first documented American victory over a German aircraft unit was recorded by a Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk. Along with a B-25 and the famous P-38 Glacier Girl, Lewis Air Legends is bringing its P-40C Tomahawk to AirVenture this year.

Many P-40s commemorate the famous "Flying Tigers" squadron with paint schemes bearing the tiger teeth on the nose, but the LAL airplane instead honors 2nd Lt. George Welch, who was credited with four victories during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Lewis P-40C was restored by AVSPECS in New Zealand.

A rare U.S. Navy Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon, Attu Warrior, is making its first visit to Oshkosh this year. After being released from the Navy in 1957, the aircraft went through several civilian owners, including Dothan Aviation Corp. - the same company that owned the B-17 that would become EAA's Aluminum Overcast.

The airplane, with its 18-cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-2800 double cyclone radials, sat derelict for 20 years before being acquired by restorer Dave Hansen of Dave's Custom Sheet Metal in Heber City, Utah, in July 2006. Hansen performed a long and thorough inside-and-out restoration, choosing the paint scheme representing Navy Squadron UPB-139, which operated out of the Attu Islands area during the war.

The plane is now operated and maintained by the Warbird Warrior Foundation. Attu Warrior shares its historical journey with warbird enthusiasts at air shows across the country, and this year proudly adds EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to its logbook. Read more about Attu Warrior's history.

For list of other featured aircraft in the Warbirds area this year, visit the Featured Aircraft page.

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