In 2018 you can expect another world class “Warbirds in Review.” With David Hartman as writer and moderator, award winning Sleeping Dog Productions, and the enthusiasm of aircraft owners, pilots and ground crew members, you will be entertained and share our history with the world. Highlighting this year’s presentations is WWII Triple Ace C.E. Bud Anderson who flew the famed P-51 Mustang “Old Crow” and Richard E. Cole, Jimmy Doolittle’s Co-Pilot and C-47 pilot flying the Hump. Either come in person, or watch online, this year is shaping up to be another outstanding year. Worldwide live streaming will be provided by UFLYTV.com, an online aviation TV network that will provide exclusive entertainment and educational content to aviators and the aviation-interested. Warbirds in Review 2018 LiveStream service if free to the public.
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Monday, July 23:
Monday 10:00 – Douglas A-26K Invader “Special Kay” and The Doggett Family’s Douglas A-26 Invader. With J. R. Hofmann and Jed Doggett
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. sent updated World War II Bombers to hit Laos. The missions were so sensitive that some records are still classified. Originally called the A-26, (designated B-26 between 1948 and 1965) the planes had attacked German and Japanese forces during World War II, bombed North Korean and Chinese formations during the Korean War and become a sometimes infamous symbol of covert actions in the early stages of the Cold War.
Monday 1:00 – de Havilland DH-4 “Liberty Plane” and Bob ShaferCessna 0-2A Skymaster With Dorian Walker and Bob Shafer
“Friends of Jenny” organization acquired the last known American DH-4 aircraft and restored it to its original flying condition. The DH-4 made its first flight in 1916 serving as a two-seat daylight bomber and observation aircraft. The Cessna O-2 Skymaster was ordered by the U.S. Air Force in 1966 to be put into service as a Forward Air Control and light observation aircraft in Southeast Asia.
Tuesday, July 24:
Tuesday 10:00 – North American T-6 Texan ( owned by Jack Larsen) Texan Mike Ginter, Mark Henley,T-6 – Jack Larsen, SNJ – Scott Urban, Major Gen. Alex MacDonald, Harvard – Bruce Eames, General George Schulstad
North American Aviation (NAA) was responsible for a number of historic aircraft, including the T-6 Texan trainer which, even today, is the aircraft most used by pilots in preparation for flying other Warbird aircraft such as the P51. The North American Trainer Association (NATA) provides members with a host of services. NATA aircraft types include the P-51 Mustang, B-25 Mitchell, T-28 Trojan, T-6 Texan/SNJ/Harvard, NA-50, NA-64, L-17 Navion, F-86 Sabre, and T-2 Buckeye. When the T-6s arrive on Sunday afternoon (July 22nd, 2018) they will taxi into position filling Warbird Alley with all variants of this “pilot maker.
Tuesday 1:00 – P-51B and P-51D Mustangs “Old Crow” with C.E. “Bud” AndersonJack Roush and Jim Hagedorn.
When you pair a World War II triple Ace with one of the most significant aircraft of World War II you have the makings for a memorable presentation. When that Ace is Col. Bud Anderson and his “Old Crow” you have something special. This year will focus on a few of Bud’s flight test stories along with the favorite World War II missions. Jack Roush and Jim Hagedorn will participate to talk about their “Old Crow” P51s.
Wednesday, July 25:
Wednesday 10:00 – Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX and Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk (The Mike Potter Collection) with Allan Scott and Mike Potter.
Between 1939 and 1945, the Royal Canadian Air Force enlisted 232,000 men and 17,000 women and operated 86 squadrons, including 47 overseas. Canadians flew bomber, fighter, reconnaissance, transport, and other missions around the world. Tens of thousands of Canadian air crew also served with Britain’s Royal Air Force and Canadian fighter aircraft participated in the epic Battle of Britain in 1940. The Battle of Britain, says Canadian historian Hugh Halliday, “Represented the first commitment of the Royal Canadian Air Force to combat in the Second World War, although the Canadian role was small compared to future operations”. By 1945, the RCAF had grown to be the world’s fourth-largest air force. More than 17,000 Canadian airmen perished during the war.
Wednesday 1:00 – Douglas AD-1 (Warbird Heritage Foundation) and A-1H Skyraider (Cavanaugh Flight Museum) with Dick Rutan and Jon Goldenbaum
When the first F-4C Phantom was shot down by a MiG-17 in 1965, Skyraiders off the carrier USS Midway came to rescue the crew. Too late for World War II, the A-1 Skyraider was the world’s biggest, most powerful prop-driven, single-seat combat aircraft, able to lift weapons loads greater than that of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Dick Rutan will talk about his service in Southeast Asia. We look forward to an enjoyable, educational and unfiltered account of what it was like to be there. Skyraider pilot Jon Goldenbaum served two tours in Vietnam acquiring 608 combat hours, a Distinguished Flying Cross and 11 Air Medals.
Thursday, July 26:
Thursday 10:00 – Curtiss P-40 Aleutian Tiger and Warhawk ( Frasca Flight Museum Fagen Fighters WWII Museum) with Robert “Bob’ Brocklehurst and Karen Abel
During World War II, only one large-scale military campaign was fought on American soil. It began on June 3, 1942, when Japanese forces attacked U.S. positions in the Aleutians, a desolate island chain off the coast of Alaska. The stage was set for one of the most hard-fought—and little-known—theaters of the war. When the United States entered this conflict, the P-40 was less expensive, easier to build and maintain, and was in large-scale production at a critical period in the nation’s history when fighter planes were needed in large numbers.
Thursday 1:00 – Grumman F-7F Tiger Cats (The National Museum of World War II Aviation) with Adam Makos and Bill Klaers
The Navy “Cats” fought battles near Islands in the “Pacific Theatre” with names that history has immortalized. The jet age was upon us when Grumman refused to give up on piston-driven innovation from which was born the Tiger Cat. With its power and armament, the Tiger Cat is impressive. That 2 Tiger Cats from The National Museum of WWII Aviation are here in Oshkosh is really impressive.
Friday, July 27:
Friday 10:00 – North American F-86F Sabre and Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 17 ( Warbird Heritage Foundation and Jeff Kaney) with LaVerne H. Griffin
On June 25, 1950, the Korean War began when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the boundary between the Sovietbacked Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south. The North American F-86 Sabre became the primary U.S. air combat fighter in the Korean War. More than 6,000 F-86s were manufactured by North American. The first swept-wing airplane in the U.S. fighter inventory, the F-86 scored consistent victories over Russian-built MiG fighters during the Korean War, accounting for a final ratio of 10-to-1. All 39 United Nations jet aces won their laurels in Sabres. The MiG 17 is a high-subsonic fighter aircraft produced in the USSR in 1952. It is an advanced development of the very similar appearing MiG-15 of the Korean War. MiG-17s were designed to intercept straight-and-level-flying enemy bombers, not for air-to-air combat (dogfighting) with other fighters.
Friday 1:00 – Friday 1:00 – Veterans Tribute for all Services
Friday has long been recognized as the Salute to Veterans Day. This year Warbirds in Review will dedicate this time slot to recognizing all the men and women who have served or now serve in any of our Military services. We ask that all veterans gather at the Warbirds in Review ramp at 1:00 for a very special tribute and celebration that will launch the Veterans parade for the march to Show center. This will be a moving and Patriotic tribute that you will not want to miss.
Patriotic tribute that you will not want to miss.
Saturday, July 28:
Saturday 10:00 – Douglas C-47 “Placid Lassie” (Tunison Foundation) Douglas AC-47 Gunship “Spooky” (American Flight Museum) with Lt. Co. Richard “Dick” Cole and Mike Trahan.
On D-Day, 6 June 1944, Allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazioccupied France. Codenamed Operation ‘Overlord’, the Allied landings on the Normandy beaches marked the start of a long and costly campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation. It is an honor to, once again, welcome Col. Dick Cole (at the young age of 102). Best known for his role in the Doolittle Raid, his affection is for the C47; the aircraft that he flew over the “HUMP” with the “Air Commandos”. The C47 legacy continues to Southeast Asia where Mike Trahan flew the AC47 during his tour of duty. The focus will then turn to D-Day and the 2019 mission to honor the memories of those who fought during the Normandy invasion. Owners and supporters of more than 20 C47s have made the commitment to fly to Europe for the 75th Anniversary of “D Day”.
Saturday 1:00 – North American P-51C Mustang “Red Tail” (CAF Red Tail Squadron) and Fairchild P-T 19A “Tuskegee Airmen” (Collings Foundation) with Col. Charles McGee and Lt. Co. George Hardy.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps, trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. Their impressive performance earned them more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and contributed to the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces. Col Charles McGee earned his wings and commission on June 30, 1943, part of class 43-F. McGee remained on active duty 30 years. He flew fighter aircraft combat tours in three major military conflicts, completing 405 missions for the Army Air Forces and the Air Force. George E. Hardy was called to active duty in July 1943 for basic training. In December his group was transferred to Tuskegee Army Air Field (TAAF) for Aviation Cadet training, as part of Class 44-H. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1971.
Warbirds in Review sessions take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, from July 23rd – July 28th on the “Warbirds in Review” ramp in the Warbird area. The Warbirds in Review Jumbotron will feature programming throughout the day provided by Warbird Digest and Sleeping Dog Productions.