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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 […]

Warbirds at Oshkosh, Part 1

  Whether you know it as the EAA Convention, as AirVenture, or by other names, the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) annual fly-in and air show at Oshkosh Wisconsin draws some eye-watering warbirds. Today’s division of the EAA, officially known as Warbirds of America, began in the mid-1960s by a group of West Coast aviators who […]

Looking Back at Some Air Tattoos – Part Two

The Air Tattoos on either side of the Millenium were attended by countries with very interesting aircraft.  The Soviet Union had dissolved, and many Warsaw Pact air forces were replacing their old designs with newer Western and Russian jets.  Most SU-22 and MiG-21, -23 and -29 fighters were in their last years of service.  NATO […]

Looking Back at Some Air Tattoos – Part One

Between 1997 and 2002, I attended six grand air shows in the United Kingdom.  The yearly celebration of military aviation known as the Royal International Air Tattoo, or RIAT for short, brought together several hundred military aircraft in one place at one time.  As a matter of fact, Guinness World Records recognized the 2003 Tattoo […]