Rare Warbirds Registered for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009

    P-38 Lightning and P-40 Warhawk Confirmed


    July 2, 2009 - EAA Warbirds of America has confirmed several very unique and rare warbirds will be attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. Owner Ron Fagen of Granite Falls, Minnesota, has registered a Lockheed P-38 Lightning, a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, along with a North American P-51 Mustang. The P-38 and P-40 are considered very rare these days, with only a few examples of each type flying in the United States.

    Fagen's P-38 is named Ruff Stuff in honor of the late Norbert Ruff, a Bloomer, Wisconsin native. Ruff Stuff attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 when the P-38 made its first trip to Oshkosh. The P-38 was featured in the popular Warbirds in Review Program, with Ron Fagen and Norbert Ruff describing their experiences flying the Lightning.

    Fagen's P-40 Warhawk features a very unique color scheme with an Aleutian Tiger painted on the nose. P-40's with this paint scheme defended the United States in the Alaskan theater of operations in the early days of World War II.


    Bill Fischer, EAA Warbirds of America's executive director said, "We're very pleased to have Ron Fagen attending again with his beautiful aircraft. This year represents one of the best years in recent memory in terms of the quality of warbird aircraft attending. If people are interested at all in these old warbirds, they should make plans now to attend EAA AirVenture 2009. The line-up is certainly 'all-star' caliber." EAA AirVenture 2009 runs from July 27-August 2.

    For more information of EAA AirVenture 2009 visit www.AirVenture.org or visit the EAA Warbirds of America website.



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