Fw-190, Model 21 Zero Confirmed for Oshkosh
EAA received great news this week that two extremely rare World War II fighter aircraft will appear at AirVenture Oshkosh 2010: Frasca International’s Focke-Wulf Fw190A-9 from the German Luftwaffe, along with a restored 1941 Nakajima A6M2 Model 21 Zero from Japan, owned by North Dakota corporation Dakota Blayde Zero LLP. These two excellent examples of Axis aircraft will be on display during the week at the new showcase in the Warbirds area, “The Scotts Warbird Alley,” and will also appear together at the convention’s final Warbirds in Review program set for 1 p.m. Sunday, August 1.
“I am pleased to report that the Warbirds in Review schedule is now complete,” said Connie Bowlin, program coordinator who confirmed the appearances. “What a great way to end the week with two Axis Airpower aircraft sharing the stage.”
The Fw190 is currently in Chino, California, where a team is working feverishly to prepare the airplane, says Tom Frasca. “We’re working out a few glitches,” he said, mentioning an oil temperature cooling issue. “Steve Hinton has flown it three times, and the next flight will be next week.
“When it’s safe to cross the mountains, we’ll be ready for Oshkosh,” he said.
The airplane, which began as a Flug Werk replica, has incorporated many original components. Frasca stressed the authenticity of the cockpit. “It’s gorgeous, made with original parts including the placards and instruments.”
The powerplant is a Pratt & Whitney 2800 radial turning a Hamilton Standard propeller. Its tail number is N190RF. It’s painted in the scheme Fw190s flown by famed German Ace pilot Oskar Bosch used. The A-9 was the last of nine “A” variants, and more than 20,000 Fw190s overall were built during World War II.
Nakajima A6M2 Model 21 Zero
The aircraft, S/N 1498, was restored from a wreck discovered in the Ballale Island jungles in the Solomons in 1965. The airplane’s restoration has been praised by Japanese aeronautical engineers and other world experts. Everything is original on the airplane except the engine, which like the Fw190’s is a P&W 2800. Its restoration lasted several decades.
Classic Wings magazine, in a 2008 article titled, “The Perfect Zero,” described the restoration: “With only one genuine Zero flying today, collectors have had to settle for totally rebuilt aircraft powered by American engines to fill the void. Most have started with recovered remains which are good for patterns, and totally rebuilt the aircraft, having to remanufacture thousands of parts, costing vast amounts of time and money. One of the most exquisite machines to be reborn in this way is Zero ‘1498’.”
Warren Pietsch, air show performer who flies the airplane and is one of the principals of Dakota Blayde, flew it up from the Fargo Air Museum last week to the Dakota Territory Museum in Minot. Preparations are under way to bring it to Oshkosh the week before AirVenture.
Other Dakota Blayd principals are Cindy Beck, Tri-State Aviation, Wahpeton, N.D., and Tim McPhearson of Tall Towers Aviation, Page, N.D.
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