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The presentation area for Warbirds in Review receives a significant upgrade for AirVenture 2010 courtesy of ScottsMiracle-Gro.

Warbirds in Review's ninth year at AirVenture takes on added significance in 2010 as it pulls together many of the elements comprising one of the convention's major themes this year: "Salute to Veterans."

What started in 2002 with creating a showcase for special warbird aircraft has grown to be one of AirVenture's most popular destinations. Programs delve into an aircraft's restoration, operation, and other aspects of owning a valued piece of history, but they also spotlight veterans who tell their personal stories about what it was like to fly the aircraft in combat, or support the operation as a ground crew member.

Connie Bowlin, director-EAA Warbirds of America, and founder/coordinator of the Warbirds in Review program, remarked, "It is an honor and a pleasure to work with the veterans, owners, pilots, restoration, and maintenance experts who are the keepers of these treasures - the "Warbird" aircraft that tell the story of our history. This combined support is what makes Warbirds in Review successful."

This year, visitors to the Warbird area will see a major expansion and improvement to the presentation areas courtesy of the ScottsMiracle-Gro Company. Chief components include a new military veteran tribute area; an enlarged Warbirds in Review presentation area; and a Training Command and Living History display - all surrounded by the new Scotts Grass Strip. Special thanks to Jim Hagedorn and Scotts for helping to realize this vision.

The 2010 Warbirds in Review line-up is another testimonial to the generosity and enthusiasm of so many who support the Warbird motto, "Keep 'Em Flying." The program's goals are to showcase a variety of incredible aircraft and pay tribute to and honor those who served. Their behind-the-scenes stories are always entertaining, revealing the stamina and dedication of the owners and restorers who bring these special airplanes back to life, or give them new life.

The daily presentation times are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Warbird area, next to the new Scott's Military Tribute display…surrounded by the new Scotts Grass Strip. (The schedule is subject to change.)

Here's the 2010 Warbirds in Review lineup:

Monday 10 a.m. - T-33 with Roy Ihde - Our opening day program features Roy Ihde, who learned in P-51s and flew P-80s with Charles Lindbergh in Alaska. He was the first airman to be given a ride in a T-33, getting his check out with Tony Lavier. The featured T-33 is owned by Paul Keppler.

Monday 12 p.m. – Vietnam Tribute will include the OV-1 Mohawk, O2 and the UH-1B "Huey" gunship - A special Vietnam Tribute featuring the OV-1 Mohawk owned by American Wings Museum. Guests include several Warbird members who were Mohawk crewmembers. The O2 painted in AF colors of Vietnam is owned by Bob Schafer. He'll be joined by Ted Einnes, who flew the O2 and was the last FAC on station in Vietnam. 

Tuesday 10 a.m. - C.E. "Bud" Anderson, Jack Roush, Jim Hagedorn with two Old Crow P-51s - Oshkosh favorites Bud Anderson, 16 ¼ Victory World War II Ace, with P-51 owner/pilot and NASCAR team owner Jack Roush, return with not one, but two P-51s painted in Bud's Old Crow paint scheme. The P-51 B model is owned/flown by Jack Roush and the P-51D is owned/flown by Jim Hagedorn.

Tuesday 1 p.m. - C-47 Tico Belle - From the Normandy invasion to Cherbourg, to Arnhem, to Bastogne, to the Berlin Airlift and much more, this hero was there and saw it all - more than 65 years ago. With the anniversary celebration of the DC-3/C-47, we look forward to seeing many paint schemes representing the wide range of missions flown by this aircraft. Tico Belle carries a D-Day "jump" paint scheme. We'll feature the D-Day aircraft and story, but you can look for a review of the aircraft and missions represented by the others in attendance. EAA is pleased and honored to report that Col. Ed Shames, US Army (ret.) will attend EAA AirVenture and participate in Warbirds in Review with the C-47 Tico Belle. Col. Shames is a veteran from Easy Co., 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division, on which the Stephen Ambrose book and HBO series "Band of Brothers" were based.

Wednesday 10 a.m. - Christina Olds with the Collings Foundation F-4 - We have a unique opportunity this year to pay tribute to one of the great fighter pilots in U.S. history, General Robin Olds. Following Robin's death in 2007, his daughter, Christina, completed the memoirs that they began together, Fighter Pilot, which was released in April 2010. In his review of the book, author Stephen Coonts wrote: He (Robin Olds) is the real deal, a fighter pilot's fighter pilot, a consummate military professional, a natural, charismatic leader, and a true, heroic servant of our republic. His autobiography tells it like it was...and provides written proof why the people who served with him made him a legend. The featured aircraft is the Collings Foundation F-4 Phantom jet. Christina Olds will be available to autograph the book following the presentation. (Copies of the book will be available in the Warbirds store at AirVenture.)

Wednesday 1 p.m. - Lonestar Flight Museum B-17 - The B-17 Flying Fortress was an Army Air Corps heavy-duty bomber from World War II. These four-engine aircraft flew strategic bombing missions over Europe armed with a baker's dozen of .50 caliber machine guns and 5,000 pounds of bombs. About 13,000 B-17s were produced during the war, of which only 13 are airworthy today. Lonestar Flight Museum's B-17 is painted in the colors of Thunderbird, an aircraft with the 303rd bomb group which flew 116 missions during World War II. (Information about presenters has not been determined.) This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the Boeing B-17's first flight.

Thursday 10 a.m. - Buck & Bill Patillo with 2 P-51s, Sweet & Lovely and Little Rebel, and USAF Thunderbird No. 7 - Returning by popular demand are WWII fighter pilots the Patillo Twins, Buck and Bill, with the two P-51s owned by Bob Baker. Sweet & Lovely and Little Rebel are painted their World War II paint schemes. The stories they told…Bill being shot down in Sweet and Lovely, the POW marches he endured, Buck bailing out of airplanes on fire, his engine flaming out on takeoff in a plane loaded with napalm... was just the beginning. The stories will continue this year.

Also this year, a special guest appearance by the United States Air Force Thunderbird #7 F-16 will appear to recognize the Patillo brothers' being on the first Thunderbirds demonstration team, flying F-84s.

Thursday 1 p.m. - Clyde East with the P-51 "Lil Margaret"- Clyde East is America's highest ranking reconnaissance ace. His flying career spans World War II, Korea, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Southeast Asia. Lil Margaret is owned by Butch Schroeder, who in 1981 opened a residential garage door in the middle of a major American city and found a disassembled North American Mustang - an F-6D-25-NT armed tactical reconnaissance aircraft. It is fitting that Butch chose to paint it in the scheme of Clyde East's airplane, Lil Margaret.

Friday 10 a.m. - Bob Hoover with the The Discovery Air Hawk One F-86 Sabre powered by Orenda - It doesn't matter if you're talking about flying in World War II, spending time as a POW, flight-testing, air shows or air racing, Bob Hoover could be your keynote speaker. And it doesn't matter which aircraft you wish to feature; he has flown them all. This year is special because Bob will appear with Vintage Wings of Canada's immaculate Discovery Air Hawk One F-86 Sabre powered by Orenda, which is painted in the scheme of the Royal Canadian Air Force precision flight team, the Golden Hawks. As Vintage Wings describes it, "The most spectacular paint scheme ever to grace the already graceful lines of the Sabre was the livery of the RCAF's precision aerobatic team, the Golden Hawks." We're happy to salute our Canadian friends.

Friday 1 p.m. - Joe Engle with the North American T-28 - Gen. Engle received his commission in the Air Force in 1957. He went on to fly the X-15, the Space Shuttle Enterprise test flights, and two orbital missions on shuttles Columbia and Discovery. He has logged more than 11,000 hours of flight time, including 200-plus hours in space. When the inquiry went out looking for an airplane like Joe flew, the response was typical of the support warbird aircraft owners give to Warbirds in Review. Scott McLain came forward offering his T-28, a model painted in the training colors used at Edwards AFB during that period. Joe wrote, "It was tough to slip off to a local air patch... with a paint job like this."

Saturday 10 a.m. - FG1-D Corsair - It is a pleasure to introduce this FG1-D Corsair, an aircraft that is new to the U.S. Registry. Thanks to owner John O'Connor and previous owners, this combat veteran was rescued and is expected to fly in late April. Imported from El Salvador, this Corsair saw combat in the "Soccer War." Manufactured by Goodyear, it is an authentic restoration - complete with a Brewster bomb mount under the engine cowling that carried a 1,000-lb bomb. Schedule permitting, a veteran who flew this aircraft in the Soccer War will attend.

Saturday 1 p.m. - Douglas AD-1 Skyraider - This single-place aircraft, painted in the 6th SOS Vietnam Camo scheme with a wing full of bombs and rockets, is owned by The Warbird Heritage Foundation, that also owns a beautiful A-4. We have extended invitations to a Vietnam Skyraider pilot and to a well known Vietnam veteran who flew the A-4 and was a POW. Schedules permitting, you never know who you might meet!

Sunday 10 a.m. - WASP with Stearman – EAA Warbirds members Andy and Mike Porter have spent years restoring their beautiful PT-17 Stearman. What makes this airplane special is the documented history, having served for a time at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas during WW-II. Avenger Field is, of course, home of the Women Air Service Pilots – the WASPs. Arrangements are being made to bring one or more WASPs to this presentation. Details to follow.

Sunday 1 p.m. - Nakajima A6M2 Model 21 Zero – This rare aircraft completes the 2010 Warbirds in Review schedule. The Zero was restored from a wreck discovered in the Ballale Island jungles in the Solomons in the late 1960s. It's owned by North Dakota corporation Dakota Blayde Zero, comprised of Warren Pietsch, Pietsch Aircraft, Minot; Cindy Beck, Tri-State Aviation, Wahpeton; and Tim McPhearson of Tall Towers Aviation, Page. What a great way to end the week with this Axis aircraft. Read more about the airplane here.

FUTURE AIRVENTURE DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3; 2015: July 20-26; 2016: July 25-31; 2017: July 24-30
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