Oshkosh AirVenture is fast approaching (July 28th – August 3rd), and the EAA has made some announcements concerning their Warbirds In Review program. Each day of the show, from Monday through Saturday between 10 am and 1 pm, will feature a new lecture in Warbird Alley. EAA Warbirds of America sponsors the events and as their press release continues…. “these informal sessions not only delve into an aircraft’s restoration, operation, and other aspects of owning a valued piece of history, but also spotlight veterans sharing stories about what it was like to fly the aircraft in combat or support the operation as a ground crew member.
Experience military aviation history with some of the most storied aircraft ever built told by the heroic veterans who flew them as the EAA Warbirds of America hosts twice-daily (10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday) Warbirds in Review presentations at EAA AirVenture’s Warbird Alley.These informational sessions explore an aircraft’s wartime operation and restoration, while veterans share stories about what it was like to fly the aircraft in combat or support the operation as a ground crew member.
Preceding the daily presentations at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the Warbirds Living History Group re-enactors will do an educational talk/demonstration regarding the flight gear associated with the upcoming aircraft. Singers will also provide entertainment from the 1940s-1960s just prior to actual Warbirds in Review sessions. All Vietnam veterans in attendance will be recognized before each session, and book signing opportunities will follow in the Warbirds Merchandise Building.
Here’s the lineup for this year’s Warbirds in Review presentations:
Monday, July 28
10 a.m. – Fairchild PT-19 with owner Richard Smith and Jack Hibbin, World War II PT-19 instructor and author of Take ‘er Up Alone, Mister.
1 p.m. – Lockheed P-38 Lightning and Curtis P-40 Warhawk with Ron Fagen of the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum. Also featuring Christina Olds, author of Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds, a book about her father’s experiences as a World War II ace and Vietnam F-4 pilot.
Tuesday, July 29
10 a.m. – North American T-28 with owner Ken Fardie (veteran TBA), telling the Ravens/Air America story.
1 p.m. – P-51 Old Crow with owners Jim Hagedorn, Jack Roush, and featuring triple-ace Bud Anderson, author of To Fly & Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace. Along with Old Crow, this year will highlight Bud’s service in Vietnam with a surprise guest and a story you will not want to miss.
Wednesday, July 30
10 a.m. – Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter owned by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, with Maj. Gen Patrick Brady. A Medal of Honor recipient and Huey pilot, Brady is the author of Dead Man Flying.
Note: the AAHF will also bring its Bell AH-1 Cobra.
1 p.m. – Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog and de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou owned by Cavanaugh Flight Museum with “Caribou Bob” Schrader, Bird Dog pilots the “Catkillers,” Charlie Finch, and Doc Clement. Finch and Clement are co-authors of A Hundred Feet Over Hell.
Thursday, July 31
10 a.m. – Fairey Gannett with owner Shannan Hendricks, veteran pilot Harry Odone, and crew members Ron Stoner and Kirk Hexum. Including Jack Morrissey, author of Stories From “Uncle Jack”
1 p.m. – North American B-25 Mitchell Bomber owned by Fagen Fighters WWII Museum, with special guest TBA.
Friday, August 1
10 a.m. – Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and A-1 Sky Raider owned by Paul Wood, with pilots Dave Waldrop and Hoot Gibson and veterans TBA. Barb Ganson, author of Texas Takes Wing: A Century of Flight in the Lone Star State.
1 p.m. – North American P-51 with owner Tony Buechler and veteran Jerry Yellin. The pilot who flew on the last mission of World War II, Yellin is the author of Of War & Weddings.
Saturday, August 2
10 a.m. – Beechcraft T-34s with multiple owners, representing all service branches and pilot Bob Hoover, author of Forever Flying.
1 p.m. – Lockheed P-38 Glacier Girl with owner Rod Lewis along with pilots Steve Hinton, Bob Cardin, and featuring author Bee Haydu, Letters Home: 1944-1945.”