It's been a decade since Warbirds in Review presentations first appeared at AirVenture Oshkosh and each year since the featured aircraft and pilots have grown stronger. WIR Chairperson Connie Bowlin provided a quick preview this week of what we can expect to see this summer.
EAA's weeklong salute to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation kicks off Monday with U.S. Navy Capt. Thomas J. Hudner (Ret.), Medal of Honor recipient, appearing with an F4U Corsair painted in his Korean War paint scheme. Navy aircraft continue in the Scotts Warbird Alley spotlight throughout the week, with the Blue Angels Bearcat, a Tiger Cat, and Conrad Huffstutler's new Wildcat restoration. Be sure to mark down Wednesday afternoon, when plans are to fill Warbird Alley with naval aircraft.
Also planned for this year: a Vietnam tribute featuring the "Bird Dog" and pilots who flew this little aircraft on some very big missions; a Grumman Duck; a Seafire Mk.XV (aka a "Hooked Spitfire"); Vintage Wings of Canada's rare Swordfish; two Focke-Wulf Fw 190s; a Tuskegee Airman T-6; and an F-16 from the Alabama Air National Guard.
Featured P-51s during the week include the return of Bud Anderson and Old Crow; EAA's Bob Hoover tribute on Tuesday begins with his appearance alongside the Ole Yeller P-51 and the Shrike Commander. (Connie commented, "It's not a warbird, but for Hoover, we'll make an exception.") The Pilot's Pilot returns on Friday with aircraft types he flew in World War II, including an enemy Fw 190 Hoover used to escape POW Camp, Stalag Luft 1.
Get a second chance to see a Corsair Thursday as Jim Tobul and his newly restored airplane appear with the crew chief who actually worked on it in Korea.
"The schedule is a work in progress for some very old warbirds, a jet or two, and a couple of restorations that are racing the clock," Connie said. Warbirds in Review presentation take place twice each day of the convention, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Scotts Warbird Alley.