|This Stearman "Jimmie Allen Junior Speedmail" is just one of many must-see airplanes in the Vintage area at AirVenture Oshkosh 2013.
July 3, 2013 - The Vintage Aircraft Association is gearing up for a week for the ages at AirVenture with a plethora of rare aircraft, anchored by the Round Engine Rodeo airplanes that, according to organizers, is approaching 50 confirmed airplanes and could reach upward of 75.
The Vintage area, located just south of Phillips 66 Plaza, will also feature numerous returning Gold and Silver Lindy winners in the Return of Champions program.
Just this week EAA confirmed participation by Addison Pemberton's Waco EQC-6 - one of only three flying examples worldwide; the world's only two remaining airworthy Howard 500s, executive twin-engine transports from the early 1960s; and a Stinson trimotor from the Golden Wings Flying Museum in Blaine, Minnesota. Add to that the only Waco 9 flying today, a true reproduction of the Benoist Type XIV replica Lark of Duluth, and the Jimmie Allen Junior Speedmail - it's clear we're in for one memorable week.
"It's growing by the day," said Steve Krog, who's organizing the Round Engine Rodeo. "When you get down to the Vintage area this year and look out onto the field between the taxiway and Wittman Road, it will be filled with round engines."
Over by the Vintage Barn you'll see the Waco 9 along with the Speedmail and Benoist Type XIV on prominent display. Aircraft owners will be on hand to answer questions from visitors.
The Circle of Champions is an informational program being developed to delve further into the histories of returning Grand Champions and Reserve Grand Champions in the Vintage area. More information will be coming on this program soon.
Likewise for some of the aircraft mentioned above; we'll be providing additional updates on vintage aircraft as we approach the convention, scheduled for July 29-August 4, at Wittman Regional Airport.