April 4, 2013 - Patty Wagstaff, the three-time National Aerobatic Champion and National Aviation Hall of Fame member who was a popular fixture at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for more than two decades, is returning to the EAA fly-in convention's air shows in 2013 flying new aircraft and performances.
Wagstaff will fly several days in the afternoon air shows, presented by Rockwell Collins, during EAA AirVenture, which is July 29-August 4 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
"Patty is one of the most decorated aerobatic pilots in American history as well as a pioneer for women in the aerobatic community," said Jim DiMatteo, EAA's vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. "In addition to Patty's performances during the afternoon air show's all-star lineup, she will also be participating in warbird flying during our special female-pilot warbird flights on Thursday, August 1."
Wagstaff spent the past several years flying firefighting aircraft in California, which greatly limited her air show training time and reduced her performance schedule. In 2013, she decided to return to the air show circuit where she had thrilled audiences throughout North America since the mid-1980s.
This year at Oshkosh, Wagstaff will be flying the Shorts MK1 Tucano, a light-attack and training aircraft. This former Royal Air Force trainer turboprop will fly a full aerobatic routine.
"I'm excited about returning to Oshkosh, because I really missed seeing all the wonderful people there and on the air show circuit," Wagstaff said. "Flying firefighting support was a tremendous experience for me over the past three years, but I'm really looking forward to flying the Tucano at Oshkosh, and maybe another airplane, too, so stay tuned."
The air shows at EAA AirVenture are highly regarded by air show performers and audiences alike, as the world's top civilian aerobatic performers fly before fellow aviators and the most knowledgeable crowds on the air show circuit. While some Oshkosh air show performers have already been announced, the complete roster of pilots and aircraft will be announced as it is finalized.