Oshkosh 2015 Scrapbook, Volume 2

bombers2.jpg These photos are a second look (Scrapbook Volume 1 has already been published here a few stories ago) at just some of the warbirds that attended the 2015 EAA AirVenture event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The EAA Warbirds of America organization has acres of parking to the north of show center, where you can stroll between rows of fighters, bombers, trainers, transports, liaison aircraft, and jets.  Many years there are one-of-a-kind aircraft present, and there are warbirds airborne during the afternoon air shows that occur all week long. To show the uninitiated just how large the scope of warbird participation is at Oshkosh each year, here's the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 Aircraft Awards for warbirds... pay particular attention to all of the names of the categories and to some of the distances travelled to attend the show!

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Preservation Award  Carey Hardin Starkville, Mississippi Boeing Stearman N2S-4 Kaydet, N59901 Mike Weinfurter Rhinelander, Wisconsin Cessna TL-19A Bird Dog, N96071 Mark Howard Edmond, Oklahoma Fairchild PT-26A Cornell, N9279H Craig Sommerfeld Kelley, Iowa Beechcraft T-34 Mentor, N245Z Tom Bullion Memphis, Tennessee Stinson-Vultee AT-19, N60058 Michael Porter East Liverpool, Ohio Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet, N59293 J Judges’ Choice: CJ-6 Scott Wallace Dayton, Ohio Nanchang CJ-6A, N202ME Judges’ Choice: L- Bird James Johnson Midlothian, Texas Cessna L-19/O-1E Bird Dog, N354X Judges’ Choice: Jet Fighter Dean Cutshall Fort Wayne, Indiana North American F-100F Super Sabre, N2011V Judges’ Choice: L-17 Thomas Gordon Jr. Loveland, Colorado Ryan L-17, N4238A Best Jet Dianna Stanger Port Lavaca, Texas Aero Vodochody L-139 Albatros, N1390A Silver Wrench Code 1 Aviation Rockford, Illinois Best L-Bird Stewart Ellis Luthersville, Georgia Cessna O-1A Bird Dog, N5308G Silver Wrench Montague Bono Chino, California Best Trainer Richard Curtis, Howard Botts & Wayne Borman Valley Center, Kansas Fairchild PT-19B, N464BC Silver Wrench Curtis, Botts & Borman Valley Center, Kansas Best Stearman Paul Ehlen Eden Prairie, Minnesota Boeing Stearman N2S-1 Kaydet, N50061 Silver Wrench Air Corps Aviation Bemidji, Minnesota Keep ’em Flying Award Ron Whitt Slinger, Wisconsin Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros, N976BH Gold Wrench Code 1 Aviation Rockford, Illinois T-34 Greg Scileppi Denver, Colorado Beechcraft T-34 Mentor, N343ZM Gold Wrench Blackwell Aviation Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania Most Authentic Restoration Max Chapman & John Muszala Idaho Falls, Idaho North American P-51B Mustang, N515ZB Gold Wrench Pacific Fighters Idaho Falls, Idaho Dirty Bird James Lyle Fort Lauderdale, Florida Douglas C-47 Skytrain, N74589 Reserve Grand Champion - World War II Paul Ehlen Eden Prairie, Minnesota North American P-51D Mustang, N1751D Gold Wrench Air Corps Aviation Bemidji, Minnesota Grand Champion - Post World War II Brian Reynolds Olympia, Washington Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, NX72NW Gold Wrench Airpower Unlimited LLC Jerome, Idaho Grand Champion - World War II Gerald Yeagen Virginia Beach, Virginia de Havilland Canada FB26 Mosquito, N114KA Gold Wrench Avspecs Ltd. Auckland, New Zealand
mossie 1 Next year's AirVenture Oshkosh will run from July 25th through July 31st, 2016.  Now that the 2015 edition is in the books, the question on many warbird enthusiasts' mind is "What'll show up next year that's out of the ordinary?"  My take on this is is, that Oshkosh is "extraordinary" anyway, so anything could happen. Photos and article by Ken Kula, table of awards courtesy of the EAA.
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