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An EAA AirVenture “Warbirds in Review” draws large audiences to hear from famed aviators with the aircraft types connected with them.

World 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" program.

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 enthusiast."

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.

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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 Gunther.
  • 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 downtown Chicago.
  • 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!

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