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Volume 9, Number 1 July 27, 2008     

Another ‘outstanding lineup’ for Warbirds in Review

See legendary military aircraft and insider perspectives from their owners and pilots during twice-daily Warbirds in Review presentations. Times are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., just south of the Warbirds Café near the EAA Ford Tri-Motor and Warbirds of America areas.

"When I start putting the pieces of the puzzle together that becomes the Warbirds in Review schedule, I’m never quite sure how they will fit, or how the finished picture will look," says Connie Bowlin, who has organized the program since its 2002 debut. "I think we have a really nice picture this year."

Here’s the scheduled lineup, along with some observations from Bowlin.

Monday, July 28

10 a.m. - Paul Poberezny, P-51 Paul I (EAA) - What better way to open this year’s program than with the founder of EAA? Paul will be featured with EAA’s P-51 Paul I, which he flew in air shows for many years. Hear about his military service of 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, which included active duty during World War II and the Korean War, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. This is your opportunity to meet the man whose love of country and his EAA "family" is unparalleled.

1 p.m. - Dave Folk & Jim Read, F4U Corsair - One of the favorite warbird aircraft. Jim will be joined by the new owners, Dave Folk, Danny Schiffer, and Al Schiffer. Don’t miss this exciting presentation as they relate the dream of owning and flying the airplane with nicknames like Bent-Wing Bird and Whistling Death.

Tuesday, July 29

10 a.m. - Ron Alexander, Caribou (Cavanaugh Flight Museum) - This tribute to Vietnam is Warbird of America’s chance to say "Welcome home" to the people who served in Vietnam. Ron is best known for his contribution to homebuilders through educational workshops and articles, as well as his association with Poly-Fiber and other companies offering supplies to aircraft owners. He is also a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who flew the Caribou. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum will bring its Caribou to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of the type’s first flight. This airplane was used in Vietnam by both the Army and the Air Force as an intra-theater tactical transport from 1961 to 1973—longer than nearly any other combat aircraft type.

1 p.m. - Hal Weekley, BT-13, N3N, and PT-17 (aircraft from the Warbirds Training Command area - various owners) - EAA member and former volunteer pilot for EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast, retired U.S. Army Air Forces Col. Harold "Hal" Weekley will recount his experiences as a young man flying on dangerous bombing missions over Germany. In 2001, Weekley, one of the last B-17 aircraft commanders from World War II still flying, made his last B-17 flight at AirVenture, a week after his 80th birthday. To fly a bomber one has to go through a lot of trainers, and what better person than Hal to speak about those aircraft. An autograph session will follow with Hal and his book, The Last of the Combat B-17 Drivers.

Wednesday, July 30

10 a.m. - Col. C.E. "Bud" Anderson, P-51B Old Crow (Jack Roush, Jim Hagedorn) - Meet WWII triple ace Col. C.E. "Bud" Anderson. It is a tribute to Bud that there are now three P-51s carrying his paint scheme as he flew with the 357th Fighter Group, becoming a 16-1/4 victory ace. His longtime friend, and owner of Old Crow, Jack Roush will join Bud. An autograph session will follow with Bud and his book, To Fly and Fight.

1 p.m. - Bob Hoover, Mk V Spitfire (Rod Lewis) - In aviation circles, this man needs no introduction. This year Bob will be featured with the newly restored Spitfire owned by Rod Lewis. Bob will talk about his WWII experiences flying the great British fighter plane. An autograph session will follow with Bob and his book, Forever Flying.

Thursday, July 31

10 a.m. - Steve Hinton, Rod Lewis, Bob Cardin, P-38 Glacier Girl (Rod Lewis) - The meticulously restored P-38 that was dug out from under nearly 300 feet of ice in Greenland leads off Thursday’s program.

1 p.m. - Skip Slyfield, Nanchang CJ-6A and Yak-52, tribute to the type’s 50th anniversary - EAA Warbirds of America members who own these aircraft will have a significant number of aircraft attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 in celebration of the anniversary, and here’s an opportunity to learn about the aircraft manufactured by other countries and their missions.

Friday, August 1

10 a.m. - Dick Cole & Ed Horton, Doolittle Raiders, B-25 (Lone Star Flight Museum) - On April 18, 1942, 16 crews led by then Lt. Col. "Jimmy" Doolittle flew B-25 Mitchell bombers off the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in the first strike against the Japanese home islands. Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole was Col. Doolittle’s copilot on the legendary Doolittle Tokyo Raid. Master Sgt. Edwin Horton Jr. volunteered and was on Crew 10 as an engineer/gunner. Hear the story of survival from two of the actual Doolittle Raiders, featured with the B-25 carrying the paint scheme of Special Delivery. An autograph session will follow.

1 p.m. - Joe Engle, astronaut, shuttle commander, P-40 pilot in civilian life - If a pilot loves to fly, he’ll fly anything. Joe is just that pilot. Flying the P-40 for fun, he will also talk about "hand-flying the shuttle" from Mach 2 to touchdown. In a special extra, Joe will introduce Fitz Fulton, the "project pilot" flying the 747 during "piggyback" shuttle test flights while Joe flew the shuttle. We look forward to hearing them discuss whether Fitz dropped Joe, or if Joe dropped Fitz!

Saturday, August 2

10 a.m. - John Leahr and Herb Heilbrun, B-17 and P-51 - Hear the story of a friendship that almost wasn’t. John and Herb grew up in the same neighborhood and were in the same third-grade class together. They were classmates—not friends—because Herb was white and John was black. Herb became an Army Air Forces B-17 bomber pilot. John flew P-51 fighters. Both came safely home, but it took Herb and John another 50 years to meet again and discover that their lives had run almost side by side through war and peace. Friends at last, Herb and John will entertain you with their story. An autograph session will follow featuring their book, Black and White Airmen.

1 p.m. - Ray Fowler, John Currenti, Alabama Air National Guard, F-16 (Alabama Air National Guard) - A warbird doesn’t have to be old to be a part of the EAA Warbirds of America. This presentation is an opportunity to recognize and thank those who serve our country today. We thank the guard for its support of AirVenture 2008 with the appearance of the "red-tail" F-16, honoring the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Their heritage lives on in the Alabama Air National Guard, the home state of their WWII training base, Tuskegee.

Sunday, August 3

10 a.m. - Commemorative Air Force, Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero, Grumman F6F Hellcat, and Curtiss SB2C Helldiver (Commemorative Air Force)—See the aircraft and meet their sponsors who keep ’em flying.

1 p.m. - Jerry Fleming, F-117 - This will be an unusual presentation, one you will enjoy. Stop by and hear stories from Jerry, who flew the F-117 stealth fighter in the Gulf War.

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