Photo by Frederick
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
August 1, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
- By Friday AirVenture 2009 boasted 340 registered warbirds in the
That’s horseshoe-close to the 350
registrants that Bill Fischer, Warbirds of America executive director,
predicted when the week began. And there may well be more to come.
“We’ll get a couple more in today—
weekend warriors” he said.
Fischer said attendance is high in the
Warbirds area, with merchandise sales up. The Warbirds camp area has been
full since Sunday, earlier than usual, he said.
World War II re-enactors report good
interaction with AirVenture visitors, Fischer reported.
If the tally of warbird arrivals is down from
record years in the 400s, Fischer says this year’s variety and quality
make up for the shortfall.
Several Curtiss P-40 Warhawk E- and N-models
are on static display, depicting diverse camouflage and markings schemes
from around the world.
Safe flying has been enhanced by advanced
formation training that many warbird pilots received in the days leading
up to AirVenture. Enthusiastic audience participation in the week-long
Warbirds in Review sessions reflects the level of interest that fliers and
their warplanes kindle.