June 4, 2013 - The ever-popular Warbirds in Review program launches into its 12th year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 with two daily presentations about well-known military aircraft and the people who flew them.
Presentations take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday, July 29, through Sunday, August 4, at the special aircraft display area on Warbird Alley.
New for 2013, before the presentations - at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each day - the Warbirds Living History Group will entertain the crowd, showcasing their authentic uniforms and flight gear. They will be followed by 1940s-style singer Theresa Eaman, who was such a hit last year that she'll return to sing songs befitting the era, beginning at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
Warbirds in Review presentations will be immediately followed by book signing opportunities in the Warbirds Merchandise Building. Check the schedule in the Warbirds Merchandise Building for featured books.
Program chairperson Connie Bowlin has a stellar lineup as usual, leading off with a unique airplane destined to play a larger role at Oshkosh later in the week.
2013 Warbirds in Review Lineup
Schedule subject to change
Monday, July 29, 10 a.m. - C-53 and D-Day Invasion with the Warbirds Living History Group: This year the Warbirds Living History Group joins the Texas Flying Legends Museum for a D-Day re-enactment. Members will paint invasion stripes and nose art on the TFLM's C-53 (transport version of the DC-3/C-47) Monday starting at 10 a.m., re-enacting D-Day invasion preparations of June 1944. Nose art from the C-53 Duchess of Dakota will be painted on while the re-enactors paint the stripes. During World War II, Murray Lawler named his aircraft in honor of his wife Margaret. Margaret Lawler will arrive in Oshkosh on Tuesday, July 30, to be reunited with “her aircraft.”
The airplane will serve as transport to AirVenture for nine WWII veterans on Tuesday, representing airmen who flew many of TFLM's various aircraft types in military service. Special thanks are extended to the Texas Flying Legends Museum, which will bring a total of 11 aircraft to Oshkosh featured on Warbird alley throughout the week.
Monday, July 29, 1 p.m. - "Best of the Best" - Warbird Past Champions: The afternoon presentation will feature past award-winning aircraft including the Fagen Fighter Museum's Curtiss P40-E Warhawk Desert Shark, winner of the 2011 Warbirds Gold Lindy, and Chuck Wahl's unique SNJ with a tail hook. Warbirds chief judge Eric Paul will use the planes as he provides insight into the judging process for those vying for arguably one of the most prestigious awards in aviation: Warbird Grand Champion.
Tuesday, July 30, 10 a.m. - Corsair, TBM, and L-5: Aircraft of the U.S. Navy will be well represented this year starting with the Corsair, TBM, and L-5, featuring three distinguished Marine pilot veterans:
• Merton Hansen - Training with the artillery units of the 5th Marine Division, Hansen flew at Iwo Jima and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross;
• Clarence "Clancy" Hess - As a Marine pilot, Hess flew in the Pacific in WWII and Korea;
• Joe McPhail - Col. McPhail is credited with 240 combat missions and two air-to-air victories. He flew the F4F-4 Wildcat with Marine Fighter Squadron VMF 441 in the Central Pacific Theater, later instructing in the F4U Corsair then to VMF-323, the "Death Rattlers." At the outbreak of the Korean Conflict, McPhail was assigned to VMFA-214 "Blacksheep" Squadron.
Tuesday, July 30, 1 p.m. - WASP Stearman: Women Air Service Pilot (WASP) Bee Haydu will be joined by Maj. Caroline Jensen, current Air Force Thunderbird pilot No. 3 (Right Wing) and Stearman No. 12 owned by Andy and Mike Porter that served with the WASP at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, during WWII.
Wednesday, July 31, 10 a.m. - P-40, B-25, and A6M2-Model 21 Zero: The morning session brings the Texas Flying Legends Museum's P-40, B-25, and A6M2-Model 21 Zero to center stage, along with veterans David Born and Vic Tatelman. They will be joined by Ron Werneth, author of the book Beyond Pearl Harbor. Born flew the T-6, P-47, P-40, and P-51 with the 479th Fighter Group in Europe. Also a photographer, Born is credited with more than 83 pictures published in the book The 479th Fighter Group in WWII. Tatelman flew B-25s with the 345th Bomber Group in the Southwest Pacific and later flew the F-86 Sabre after being recalled to active duty for the Korean War.
Wednesday, July 31, 1 p.m. - P-51s Old Crow & Swamp Fox with Col. Bud Anderson, Jack Roush, and Will Foard: We welcome back Col. Bud Anderson and Jack Roush, crowd favorites with the "B" model Mustang Old Crow. They will be joined this year by another member of the 357th Fighter Group - Will Foard and P-51 Swamp Fox owned by Robert Dickson. The Dickson family met Foard a few years ago, and when they acquired this P-51 they chose to honor him by giving it his Swamp Fox paint scheme.
Thursday, August 1, 10 a.m. - PV-2 Harpoon: This presentation features the Lockheed Ventura PV-2 Harpoon that was intended to fly against Japan for the final attack and invasion on the Japanese homeland. The atomic bombs brought the war - and the need for more aircraft - to a swift end. After its brief military service, the Harpoon was used as an aerial tanker fighting forest fires. The staff at Vintage Aircraft in Stockton, California, rallied to save the Harpoon from the scrap heap.
Thursday, August 1, 1 p.m. - F-86 with Bob Hoover: We are pleased to once again welcome Oshkosh-favorite Bob Hoover, who has flown so many airplanes in service to the U.S. and general aviation that he could speak about almost anything. He will appear with the North American F-86 owned by Paul Wood of the Warbird Heritage Foundation.
Friday, August 2, 10 a.m. - 75th Anniversary of the T-6: The North American AT-6 Texan was used to train several hundred thousand pilots in 34 different countries for 25 years. In honor of its 75th anniversary, featured will be an original T-6 as well as Beechcraft's current T-6 Texan II, a single-engine turboprop aircraft introduced in 2000-2001. The original T-6 is still serving in the role of "pilot maker" as the preferred trainer for a Warbird pilot preparing to fly a high-performance World War II fighter.
Friday, August 2, 1 p.m. - Restoring the Wildcat: The dramatic contrast between scrap heap and flying status will be ably demonstrated on Friday afternoon with the appearance of a Grumman FM Wildcat, restored by Conrad Huffstutler, and the U.S. Navy Wildcat wreck recovered in December 2012 from Lake Michigan by A&T Recovery of Chicago. A full restoration takes many years of dedication to complete, so we'll congratulate and welcome Conrad. We also thank the Navy History and Heritage Command and its supporters who are making it possible for the Lake Michigan Wildcat to be displayed at Oshkosh on a trailer prior to being transported to Pensacola for restoration.
Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m. - C-7 Caribou with Ron Alexander and Gen. John Borling: Following Friday activities in Oshkosh, which include a special, first-ever Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight for Vietnam veterans, Saturday will be a special day on Warbird Alley with a salute to our Vietnam veterans. The ramp will be filled with airplanes from the Vietnam era. The morning session features Ron Alexander, a C-7 Caribou pilot who received the Distinguished Flying Cross and two air medals. Cavanaugh Flight Museum will generously provide its Caribou. We are honored that Gen. John Borling will join us to close out the morning program. Gen Borling spent 6-1/2 years in captivity after being shot down over Vietnam.
Saturday, August 3, 1 p.m. - Huey Helicopter with Medal of Honor recipient Gen. Patrick Brady: What better way to close out the Vietnam tribute than with Medal of Honor recipient Gen. Patrick Brady? While in Vietnam, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for a series of rescues during which he used three Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopters (more commonly known as "Hueys") to rescue more than 60 wounded soldiers. At the end of the day his aircraft had more than 400 holes in them from enemy fire and mines. The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation will bring its Huey in support of Gen. Brady.
Sunday, August 4, 10 a.m. - Yak-52 and CJ-6A: EAA Warbirds of America members come together during AirVenture to enjoy the Oshkosh experience. They come to visit with friends, display their aircraft, recognize the veterans, and educate both young and old. Whether a T-34, T-6, liaison, fighter, jet, or other aircraft, the type groups come to share their passion and knowledge. Sunday morning the Yak-52 and CJ-6A owners of the Red Star Pilots Association will share some of this experience with visitors when they display their aircraft in the final day's only session.
EAA's Warbirds in Review returns for its 12th year at AirVenture 2013.