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Here’s Your Warbird Fix–Get Excited That Oshkosh Is Coming!

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The best airshow in the US is coming next month!

As we drove home to our house in Neenah after the last day of every EAA Fly-In (as it was called in those days) each year and went down into our basement to work on our homebuilt T-18 airplane, my late father would say “it’s just 51 weeks until Oshkosh.” Plenty of you Avgeeks look forward to it like he did…each week you’re one week closer to the event of the year. Well now that they call it the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh it’s a little bit more of a mouthful to say, but the sentiment is the same. The video here should help keep your gyros aligned and your GPS fixes tight for the next version of AirVenture. This compilation of “heavy iron” warbird footage was compiled at the 44th edition of EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh in 2016.

Photo Credit: Henry Kisor

Warbirds seen in action include the North American P-51 Mustang, B-25 Mitchell, and T-28 Trojan, the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, Vought F4U Corsair, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Grumman F8F Bearcat and G-21 Goose, Cessna AT-17 Bobcat, Douglas A-1 Skyraider, Yakovlev Yak-3, the Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team flying their aerobatic routine in their North American T-6 Harvards, and a massive Martin JRM Mars flying boat. Jet-powered warbirds include the Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet, Aero L-39 Albatross, and the Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-15 Fagot and MiG-17 Fresco.

Current military hardware in the video are a Fort Wayne Air National Guard Station-based Indiana Air National Guard (ANG) 163rd Fighter Squadron Blacksnakes Fairchild Republic A-10 Warthog, a USAF Viper Demo Team General Dynamics F-16 Viper, and a Travis Air Force Base (AFB)-based Air Force Reserve 312th Airlift Squadron Lockheed C-5M Galaxy taxying to the static display area. Many more types are captured on the ground and in still shots and the sound quality is excellent.

Remember Avgeeks…Oshkosh is right around the corner! 2017 EAA Airventure Oshkosh will be held from July 24 to July 30th this year.

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Bill Walton

Written by 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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