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Our Preview of Warbird Features at the 2019 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

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Less than a month to go until the EAA’s AirVenture 2019 gets under way. Press releases are hinting at a wonderful warbird gathering, many for specific anniversaries or events. Highlights include the proclamation that this year is “The Year of the Fighter”, and a large amount of warbird and active duty military fighters are expected in attendance. It is the 70th Anniversary of a pair of iconic piston-driven trainers too - the Beech T-34 and North American T-28.

(Please note that the information contained here is for planning purposes only. Changes will most likely occur due to aircraft and crew availability. The photos contained within this article are file photos from previous AirVentures). 

Here’s an early EAA press release:

March 28, 2019 - A roster of the most legendary American military aircraft in history, from iconic World War II airplanes to today’s most sophisticated flying machines, will be flying and on display this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. EAA’s activities are being planned in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command, EAA Warbirds of America, and individual aircraft owners. The activities will take place throughout the week, with some special programs designated for particular days during AirVenture’s seven-day run.

Among the events involving past and present military aircraft are:

• Aircraft from the USAF Air Combat Command, including fighters such as the F-15, F-16, F-22, and F-35, as well as the A-10 attack aircraft; • The first Oshkosh appearance of the unique XP-82 Twin Mustang, which has been under restoration in Georgia;

• A salute to World War II ace Bud Anderson, with every flying P-51 in the U.S. invited to Oshkosh to participate; • A gathering of U.S. Navy fighter aircraft, including F4U Corsairs, the gullwing fighters that were a key asset in the Pacific Theater; • Observance of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, with aircraft that participated in the actual invasion on June 6, 1944, as well as C-47 airplanes that will have just returned from a historic anniversary flight to France; • U.S. Air Force Heritage Flights and U.S. Navy Legacy Flights involving historic and modern aircraft in formation, highlighting the legacy and evolution of military aircraft.

“Oshkosh is known for being a collection of aircraft and people that is unmatched anywhere in the world, and that will again be the case in 2019,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs, who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. “We are grateful to the U.S. Air Force and the Air Combat Command for their assistance and to the EAA Warbirds of America to make possible these kinds of activities, for which AirVenture is known and eagerly anticipated each year.”

Also noted in various EAA press releases are these points of interest to the warbird community: The Collings Foundation’s F6F-3 Hellcat is expected to be on hand. “Doc” – the B-29 Superfortress will make an appearance too. Nicholas Coutches’s rare P-51H Mustang will be one of the Mustangs in attendance to honor World War II ace and test pilot Colonel Bud Anderson. The 75th Anniversary pf the D-Day invasion will be feted by multiple C-47s, some of which will be returning from Europe as part of the D-Day Squadron, which flew a massed parachute drop during the European anniversary commemorations earlier this year. The EAA's Eagle Hangar museum has a new exhibit which “salutes the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion during World War II” as well.

Apollo 11 Command Module pilot Michael Collins will be a speaker, some 50 years after his historic space flight. Besides his astronaut years, he is an Air Force Test Pilot School graduate and served as the director of the National Air and Space Museum and as an undersecretary of the Smithsonian Institution, as well as in other government and private industry posts. His Theater in the Woods program is planned for the Friday evening of the week-long AirVenture.

The 2019 Warbirds in Review schedule has been revealed in this EAA press release:

May 30, 2019 - The Warbirds in Review schedule of events for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 is here, and as always it is full of fascinating warbirds accompanied by notable presenters. Running from Monday through Saturday during AirVenture, Warbirds in Review has daily sessions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Warbird Alley. Hosted by the EAA Warbirds of America, these sessions delve into an aircraft’s restoration, operation, and other aspects of owning a valued piece of history, while also spotlighting veterans by sharing realistic stories about the experience of flying the aircraft in combat or supporting the operation as a ground crew member.

Monday

10 a.m. de Havilland Mosquito Rod Lewis and Steve Hinton 1 p.m. Fairey Firefly Eddie Kurdziel

Tuesday

10 a.m. T-28 and T-34 70th Anniversary Aircraft Owners 1 p.m. P-51 Mustang Old Crow C.E. "Bud" Anderson Jack Roush and Jim Hagedorn

Wednesday

10 a.m. Grumman F6F Hellcat and Grumman F8F Bearcat Rob Collings - Collings Foundation, Warren Piestch - Dakota Territory Air Museum 1 p.m. Douglas A-1H Skyraider Roger Youngblood - Cavanaugh Museum

Thursday

10 a.m. P-51 Mustang Lopes Hope 3rd Don Lopez Family, Smithsonian representatives Eric Trueblood & Warren Pietsch

Friday

10 a.m. XP-82 Twin Mustang Tom Reilly, Lt. Col. Ray Fowler 1:30 p.m. Aircraft TBD Dick Rutan

Saturday

10 a.m. Douglas C-47 Placid Lassie Normandy Anniversary trip participants

1 p.m. North American P-51C Mustang Red Tail Col. Charles McGee, Lt. Col. Harold Brown, Lt. Col. George Hardy, CAF Red Tail Squadron

There’ll be lots to see in the air too... as of Friday June 21st, here are just some of the featured warbird displays expected to be in the air during the daily air shows. Unscheduled flights for photography and practice - as well as for pleasure, are always happening around the air show hours too.

Monday: Warbirds of America arrival show, EAA’s P-64, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans).

Tuesday: Warbirds of America show (trainers), Trojan Thunder (T-28 Trojans), USAF Heritage Flight.

Wednesday: USAF Heritage Flight (2 different ones?), Warbirds of America show, U.S. Navy Legacy Flight,  Julie Clark (T-34 Mentor).

Wednesday evening show: USAF Heritage Flight, Class of ’45 with Jim Tobul and Scott Yoak (Corsair and Mustang), Randy Ball (MiG 17).

Thursday: U.S. Navy Legacy Flight, Warbirds of America show (including P-51s), Bud Anderson tribute, USAF Heritage Flight F-22/F-35/F-86/P-51.

Friday: USAF Heritage Flight, Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), Julie Clark (T-34 Mentor), Thom Richard (P-40 Warhawk), Warren Pietsch (F-8F Bearcat), Warbirds of America show (Navy focus), U.S. Navy Legacy Flight.

Saturday: U.S. Navy Legacy Flight, Stu Dawson (EAA's P-64), Class of '45 with Jim Tobul and Scott Yoak (Corsair and Mustang), Warbirds of America show (D-Day focus with C-47s), Warren Pietsch (P-51) and Bernie Vasquez (Spitfire), Ray Fowler (XP-82 Twin Mustang), USAF Heritage Flight with F-35 and A-10.

Saturday evening show: USAF Heritage Flight, Julie Clark (T-34 Mentor), Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), Randy Ball (MiG 17), Nate Hammond (de Havilland Chipmunk).

Sunday: USAF Heritage Flight (possibly 3 different ones?) U.S. Navy Legacy Flight, Scott Yoak (P-51 Mustang Quicksilver).

This article will be updated shortly before the AirVenture celebration, with further EAA-supplied information, so check back just before the event too.

The D-Day Squadron – Missions Accomplished, More to Follow

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Written By Mike Colaner, Photos by Robert Gerard and Mike Colaner

On June 6th, a group of aircraft collectively known as the D-Day Squadron will make history when they will mark the 75th Anniversary of ‘Operation Overlord’, the D-Day invasion of Europe. A group of volunteers will make a legendary journey across the Atlantic Ocean with an ad-hoc squadron made up of Douglas DC-3, C-41, C-47 and C-53 aircraft. Each of these vintage aircraft has been meticulously restored to flying condition and will join similar aircraft from Europe and Australia for the Daks Over Normandy event on June 6th. This flyover of more than 30 aircraft will drop 250 paratroopers over the shores of Normandy France. The event will honor the citizen soldiers of the war, whose bravery led the Allies to the liberation of France, and then to an end of the devastating war in Europe.

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Joint Base Andrews AFB Air Show 2019

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Article written by Daniel O. Myers, photos by Bob Finch unless where noted.

With air boss Wayne Boggs coordinating the flying, announcer Matt Jolley describing the action and Jay Rabbit providing entertaining musical interludes, the Joint Base Andrews “Legends of Flight” air show was underway. Opening with a sterling rendition of the American national anthem, sung by the U.S. Air Force Band’s Tech. Sgt. Ashley Keeks, the U.S. Army Golden Knights jumping from their new Dash-8 aircraft, landed with perfect timing- feet on the pavement- with the American flag.

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“Shooting Oshkosh”

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One air show I always look forward to shooting is EAA AirVenture. Located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, AirVenture is a massive show to cover. PhotoRecon will have three (3) photojournalists on site this year to provide coverage of this event. It’s a 7-day event that will leave you wanting more!

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