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Warbirds at Oshkosh, Part 2


Here’s the second part of a multi-feature look back at some of the warbirds that have attended the EAA’s Oshkosh Convention and Fly-In over the years. There’s always a buzz before each year’s gathering regarding what exotic aircraft will fly to the event and park in the Warbirds compound.

Warbird helicopters aren’t too common; the Piasecki/Vertol H-21 Shawnee flew in, but the Hiller YH-32 Hornet did not, as it stayed tethered to its trailer while its twin ramjets were lit and the aircraft roared into life as a static display.  A warbird from the Vietnam era was the Beech QU-22B, a sometimes-unmanned sensor data collector that orbited night skies over Vietnam and adjacent countries. An ultra-rare Curtiss-Wright CW-19R was restored half a century after its initial use by the Bolivian Government during the 1940s, and flew into Oshkosh under its own power.  As you can see, counter-rotating propeller driven aircraft aren’t strangers at Oshkosh… both the Avro Shackleton and Fairy Gannett have appeared.  A third British design was the NDN Firecracker, which was a non-winning attempt in a competition to produce a turboprop trainer for the British Royal Air Force.

Keep checking here for the next installment of more Oshkosh warbirds from the past.

2015 Cactus Fly In


The 57th annual Cactus Fly-In was held March 6th-7th 2015 at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport (KCGZ).  In the cool desert air of central Arizona, the Classic Aircraft Association of Arizona welcomed a wide array of aircraft including Antiques, Classics, Warbirds, Replicas and several homebuilt types.  Now in it’s 10th year being held at Casa Grande Municipal Airport, this event has grown every year since its inception, due in part to the clear skies and mild spring temperatures of this beautiful location.   Some of the aircraft on hand this year were:

Spartan 7W Executive N17659.

Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior-powered Beech model D18S N5804C.

Aero Commander 500 N289GR.

1938  Spartan 7W Executive N17617 Precious Metal.

The Pratt and Whitney R-1830-94M2 radial-powered  Yak-11 N18AW Maniyak.

Continental W670-6N seven-cylinder radial-powered Stearman A75N1 N56099.

Beech A45 N103PS, powered by a  Continental IO-520 six-cylinder.

DeHavilland of Canada DHC-1B-2-S5 Chipmunk N58038.

John Pike in his Model 1929XF N29XF Ghost Ship, powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp.

Warner SS40&50 seven-cylinder radial engine-powered Waco RNF NC110Y.

Kinner R-5 series 5-cylinder radial engine-powered Ryan ST3KR N56017.

Cessna 170A N1258D.

Continental W670-powered Stearman A75N1 N2S-3 N9923H.

Pilatus P3-05 N836HS

Waco QCF NC11481

These aircraft, along with a multitude of others packing the ramp, served as evidence of a strong and ever growing classic aircraft movement keeping this history alive.

An event like this would not be possible without the help and dedication of the almost 75 volunteers who worked in every aspect, both in front of and behind the scenes to make this event a success.

Casa Grande airport and the Cactus Fly-In  harken back to the days of the classic fly-in, with easy access to the aircraft and pilots, a relaxed atmosphere, great weather, and great photo opportunities.

All in all this was a great fun-filled weekend event with lots of vintage aircraft and great people. If you find your self in the area in early Spring, mark your calendar for  this not to be missed event.

We can’t wait for the next one………………………………

To Find out more or to get involved  please visit 

Classic Warbirds  would like to Arv Schultz  and the entire team at the Classic Aircraft Association for all the help and access to the event.






2014 Rochester International Air Show Review


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During a hazy summer weekend in western New York State, the Greater Rochester International Airport hosted it’s 2014 International Air Show. Nestled on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, the show headlined the USAF Thunderbirds, but a surprising amount of warbirds attracted attention too. To be sure, there was a gaggle of U.S.-built warbirds that included the Trojan Horsemen in their T-28s, a P-47 and P-51, and C-45 and C-47 transports, but what really made for some intrigue was the large number of foreign-built jets that flew during the show.

The blue “Mako” CT-133 from Canada’s Jet Aircraft Museum was joined by Art Nalls’ former British Navy Sea Harrier FA.2 . Besides the CT-133, other jet trainers included a Czech-built L-29, a French-built Fouga Magister and a Spanish Hispano/CASA HA-200 Seata operated by Genesee Warbirds.  Other foreign jets built behind the former “Iron Curtain” was an L-39 and Randy Ball’s MiG-17.

For you warbird fans, the 2015 show will include half a dozen flying warbird acts and more on static display, including some of these jets from last year’s show.

Photos by Bob Finch


Flying in Style in EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor



The 1929 airliner coming to (CITY) was the height of flying luxury 85 years ago. EAA’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor brings to mind an era of excitement, energy, and a belief that we, as a nation could achieve anything. That golden age of aviation is part of the spirit that promotes innovation and inspires our youth to reach their fullest potential. Henry Ford mobilized millions of Americans and created a new market with his Model T “Tin Lizzie” automobile from 1909 to 1926. After World War I, he recognized the potential for mass air transportation. Ford’s Tri-Motor aircraft, nicknamed “The Tin Goose,” was designed to build another new market, airline travel. To overcome concerns of engine reliability, Ford specified three engines and added features for passenger comfort, such as an enclosed cabin. The first three Tri-Motors built seated the pilot in an open cockpit, as many pilots doubted a plane could be flown without direct “feel of the wind.” From 1926 through 1933, Ford Motor Company built 199 Tri-Motors. EAA’s model 4-AT-E was the 146th off Ford’s innovative assembly line and first flew on August 21, 1929. It was sold to Pitcairn Aviation’s passenger division, Eastern Air Transport, whose paint scheme is replicated on EAA’s Tri-Motor. This is why EAA’s Ford resides in the Pitcairn Hangar at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, when not touring the U.S. Eastern Air Transport later became Eastern Airlines. Read more »