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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed Naval Air Station Oshkosh hosts wings of the fleet

Story and photos by FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN
Naval Air Station Oshkosh is host to Navy warbirds including this F4U-4 Corsair (foreground) and a TBM Avenger, with an F7F Tigercat’s tail immediately behind it.

Whether your call sign is Maverick or Milquetoast, you can be a naval aviator in your own mind as you confidently stride across the ramp at AirVenture 2011 during the Centennial of Naval Aviation.

Navy hardware is in abundance this week on the inland aircraft carrier called USS Wittman Field.

Adjust your aviator glasses as you cast a confident glance toward Warbird Alley, loaded with vintage naval icons including an F7F Tigercat, TBM-3 Avenger, F4U Corsair, and Temco Pinto.

Pause in the Warbirds area to ponder the heroism of pilot and passenger of the World War II Marine Corps OY-1, ready with an IV bottle in its special ambulance litter bay.

Inhale the aroma of jet fuel in the morning as you step past the Cold War FJ-4 Fury and T-2 Buckeye jets on the ramp.
Take a look at a Naval Aircraft Factory N3N parked beside a similar Stearman Kaydet trainer and realize the structural differences between these two contemporary wartime yellow perils.

View the pugnacious blue PBJ Marine Corps version of the famed B-25 Mitchell bomber.

See Navy Texans and Mentors in neat rows, ready to train new fliers.

Swell with pride, while keeping your cool, as you pass by the two current Navy P-3 Orion patrol aircraft on ConocoPhillips Plaza, each adorned in special commemorative paint for this year only.

One pays homage to Navy patrol squadrons circa 1942, its pale blue-gray hues blending into the past. The other is a stark two-tone reminder from the Cold War.

The fleet is in at AirVenture 2011, and more arrivals are expected daily.

Current U.S. Navy P-3 at AirVenture 2011 wears camouflage and insignia representing 1942 wartime patrol bombers as part of the Navy’s centennial of flight celebration.

Gray Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and blue North American PBJ Mitchell at AirVenture 2011

U.S. Navy P-3 Orion patrol plane at AirVenture 2011 wears special centennial paint scheme.


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