Oshkosh skies will fill with warbirds,
homebuilts, ultralights, and vintage aircraft for the 57th annual EAA
AirVenture Fly-In. Some of the 10,000 aircraft appearing at AirVenture
will be part of the third American Barnstormer Tour, which is making a
stop at Oshkosh to showcase its vintage aircraft.
As part of the 2009 Flying Circus Biplane
Flight Schedule, the American Barnstormer Tour will arrive on Monday, July
27. The aircraft, located east of the Vintage Red Barn in the special
display area, will remain on display until departing on Friday, July 31.
AirVenture attendees can get an up close
view of nine aircraft from The Golden Age of Aviation in the 1920s and
1930s participating in the tour. These historic marvels and their pilots
will provide AirVenture attendees with stories of open cockpit trophy
races and record-breaking flights.
Barnstorming dates from the tradition of
individuals and groups flying from city to city as part of the first civil
aviation flights in the 1920s. The original barnstorming performances
began over rural locations to inspire local residents. The pilots would
then land in local farm fields serving as temporary runways to provide
entertainment. This evolved into modern day fly-ins with air shows and
As part of the vintage theme, on Sunday,
July 26, the movie Barnstorming will be part of the Fly-In Theater
evening entertainment. Producer Paul Glenshaw and director Bryan
Reichhardt will introduce this 2009 documentary, which tells the tale of
two pilots who relive the nostalgic tradition of planes landing in fields
and taking people on their first flights.
For more information on the Barnstormers
Tour and the participating aircraft, visit www.americanbarnstormerstour.com.