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A Mig and a Sabre Fly Together At The Gathering of Warbirds

The annual Gathering of Warbirds event takes place at Waukesha County Airport (KUES) near Waukesha in Wisconsin. It is an event that most warbird aficionados will tell you is one of the highlights of the Midwest summer airshow season. The 2017 Gathering took place on May 27th and drew scores of vintage and veteran aircraft and thousands of fans. The Commemorative Air Force Wisconsin Wing sponsored and hosted the event. The next big deal in that part of the country will be the 65th Annual Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Fly-In at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh (KOSH)- just a few miles up the road from Waukesha.

Photo Credit: Ryan Sundheimer / AirshowStuff

One of the highlights of the show was the demonstration of two 1950s-era jet fighters- the North American F-86 Sabre Jet (flown by Jeff Kaney) and the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 Fresco (flown by Paul Keppeler). They were joined during their flight by an Aero L-39 Albatros photo / video plane. The video alternates between views of the pilots in their cockpit and their points of view out the front of each of the aircraft. One thing you Avgeeks might pick up on is the difference between sound pitch and volume between the MiG to the Sabre. Watch Sabre pilot Kaney work those rudders during takeoff!

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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