An EAA AirVenture “Warbirds in
Review” draws large audiences to hear from famed aviators with
the aircraft types connected with them.
War II ace Bud Anderson (front, with microphone) discusses his
aviation experiences in front of a P-51 “Mustang” painted in
the colors of Anderson’s “Old Crow” during a Warbirds in
review session at EAA AirVenture. The aircraft owner, NASCAR
team owner Jack Roush, stands behind Anderson.
Legendary pilots and aircraft of the past
75 years will take center stage again at AirVenture Oshkosh as the EAA
Warbirds of America hosts its popular "Warbirds in Review"
The popular, twice-daily sessions in the
Warbirds area give attendees a rare chance to see such aviation legends as
Bud Anderson, Paul Poberezny, Gunther Rall, and Bob Hoover up close with
aircraft types that they flew in combat, testing or training. The sessions
feature fascinating "inside" stories from the presenters and
include lively Q&A's from the audience.
"The Warbirds in Review programs alone
are worth the price of AirVenture admission," said Bill Fischer,
Warbirds of America executive director. "Combine that with all the
warbird aircraft, flying activities and everything else at Oshkosh, there
is no place in the world that compares for the true aviation
Warbirds in Review sessions take place at
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on July 27-August 1, and at 10 a.m. on Sunday, August
2. Admission to these programs are included with all AirVenture admissions
and are part of one of the world's greatest annual gatherings of former
military aircraft in one place.
For a closer look at Warbirds in Review,
The 2009 Schedule
Each feature is unique and promises to educate and entertain. This year's
schedule exemplifies the commitment of the owners and operators of these
aircraft. Several of the featured aircraft are in restoration and are
fighting the clock for completion … you will appreciate the finished
results of the dedicated efforts.
- Monday morning starts with one of
the classic warbirds and the favorite of many - the F4U Corsair.
Through the generosity and coordination efforts of aircraft owners,
Dave Folk & Dan Schiffer, Black Sheep Squadron Corsair pilot, Lt
Col. Jim Hill will join Dave and Dan to talk about the Corsair.
- Monday afternoon will feature a
couple of training aircraft - the PT-19 and the PT-26 - with Jack
Hibbin, WW II PT-19 instructor and author of "Take 'er up Alone,
Mister." Paul Poberezny will join this presentation. The PT-19 is
owned by Herb Carper and the PT-26 by the CAF Wisconsin Wing, and both
aircraft are award-winning restorations.
- Tuesday morning will highlight
the Vintage Wings Museum of Canada P-40 and Hurricane. The P-40
Kittyhawk carries the colors of Canada's highest scoring living Ace,
Stocky Edwards. We are hopeful that Stocky will be able to attend. In
celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Aviation in Canada, the
Vintage Wings Museum will display the P40, P51, Corsair, Hurricane and
Beaver in AeroShell Square for the week.
- Tuesday afternoon is our tribute
to Vietnam with the appearance of the A-4 Skyhawk owned by Paul Wood.
This A-4 is painted like the aircraft that TR Swartz flew in Vietnam,
scoring the A-4's only air-to-air kill of the Vietnam War, downing a
MiG-17. Thanks to Paul for not only providing his airplane, but for
making it possible for TR to be a part of the presentation.
- Wednesday morning features the
T-28 along with a tribute to the 60th Anniversary of this Navy and Air
Force trainer. This is sure to be an exciting program with the
addition of two "Ravens" who flew the T-28 in Vietnam. A
special treat will be the appearance of Bob Hoover, who was the T-28
test pilot, working for North American in the 1950s.
- Wednesday afternoon's program
features two favorites, the P-51B Mustang and Bud Anderson (16 ¼
victory Ace) along owner Jack Roush, NASCAR team owner. They will be
joined by Jim Hagedorn and his "Old Crow" D model P-51.
- Thursday morning the P-51C in the
Tuskegee Airman paint scheme will be flown to Oshkosh by Brad Lang,
whose father was a Tuskegee Airman. Brad and Doug Rozendahl will
appear with the P-51 to talk about the airplane and the extensive
restoration that is still underway, at this time.
- Thursday afternoon promises to be
one of the most popular programs of the week. Gunther Rall - the 3rd
highest scoring Ace of all time - is scheduled to appear with the
ME109. In addition to his service in World War II, Gunther was NATO
commander, flying the F-104 in the "new German Air Force" -
training at Luke Air Force Base. There will be an autograph session
with Gunther following his presentation offering an opportunity to
purchase his book My Log Book. Author Dr. Kurt Braatz will join
- Friday morning the Warbirds in
Review ramp will be full of Navy airplanes, featuring the SNJ5 owned
by Mark Murphy, and Mike Gillian's Wildcat. The veteran will be
Captain Chuck Downey, USN-Retired. The featured topic will be training
on the Sable and Wolverine aircraft carriers in Lake Michigan off of
- Friday afternoon with Joe Engle,
astronaut, X-15 pilot, and shuttle commander, will highlight the 50th
Anniversary of the X-15. Still active with NASA, Joe will also talk
about the current space program. Plans are still in the works for the
T-38 owned by the US Air Force, from Beale AFB to attend.
- Saturday morning, Shorty Rankin,
56th Fighter Group Ace, appears with the P-47 Thunderbolt owned by
Butch Schroeder. The Glacier Girl P-38 was originally scheduled for
Saturday, but maintenance issues prevented the aircraft from attending
this year. Shorty, in the true spirit of service, stepped in and said,
"Sure I'll be there," and a special thanks to Butch for his
commitment to bring the P-47. This is a perfect example of the support
this program receives.
- Saturday afternoon will be very
special. Bob Baker is hard at work to complete the restoration of his
second P-51. Bob now has two aircraft, each one painted in 352nd FG
colors, replicating the aircraft flown by the Patillo twins, Buck and
Bob. Share the memories that are sure to surface when the Patillo
brothers are reunited with the aircraft just like the ones they flew
in World War II.
- Sunday morning Bill & Scott
Yoak will introduce their P-51, Quicksilver. They have generously
opened their aircraft to hundreds of people over the past several
years. Their passion for the restoration and operation of a piece of
history is contagious - enjoy hearing their story!