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OSH Warbirds in Review Part #1 80 Years Young – North American’s Texan

 

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All photos by Scott Jankowski - most from the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 event, with additional file photos - Ed.

On September 18th 1938 the first of an eventual 15,495 North American Aviation Texans took to the sky. The Texan is known by many different names including the AT-6 by the United States Army Air Corps, the SNJ by the United States Navy, and the Harvard by the British Commonwealth Air Forces. The T-6 designation would be officially adopted by the United States Air Force in 1948, the United States Navy would also adopt the T-6 designation in 1962. The Texan would become the primary single engine trainer of thousands of U.S. and Allied Pilots through World War II.

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More Photos From the 2018 Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show

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This June, 2018 open house and air show had it all, fast jets, high performance, propeller-driven veterans, and all of the thunderous noise expected when a machine is operating at peak performance. Read more »

The Westover Air Show 2018: Some Planes, Some History, and Even an Astronaut

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The Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Mass., home of the 439th Airlift Wing and their big C-5's of the Air Force Reserve Command, held their first air show since May of 2015 on Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th, 2018. The air show, officially called "The Great New England Air & Space Show", was attended by well over 400,000 air show fans according to official estimates. It was once again sponsored by the "Galaxy Community Council", a local civilian community support group for the C-5M Super Galaxy base personnel that are stationed here.

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Geneseo Airshow 2018, The Greatest Show on Turf

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I am proud to bring you my other hometown area airshow from Western New York. The proper name of it is the National Warplane Museum Airshow, the Greatest Show on Turf. I call her Genny. I first attended this airshow in 1992 and they are in their 38th year of annual airshows. I had a long layoff away at college and then relocating to Maryland, but I finally started building the airshow into my summer trips home to see my family beginning in 2009. I am a member of the Museum and haven't missed a show since. There are a lot of Warbird Airshows but this one is uniquely special with a turf strip and favorable lighting. Only a rope line separates you from the runway and a hot ramp is only hot when an aircraft is starting up and moving. You can greet the pilots as soon as they climb out of their aircraft. It is a laid back, joyful and accessible airshow experience. In addition to those wonderful flying Warbirds, there were about 100 WWII reenactors, a classic car show, and a Saturday night hangar dance with 1940s music and period attire all around.

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