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Watch: Jet Warbirds Beat Up the Field at EAA Airventure 2018

A Variety of Jet Warbirds Made Freedom Sounds Over Oshkosh This Summer

Image via AirshowStuff YouTube channel

Jet Warbird Day at EAA AirVenture 2018 was a feast for fans of jet-propelled classics. Several types participated in the show, including North American F-86 Sabre fighters, the world’s only operational North American FJ-4 Fury carrier-based fighter, Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star trainers and their Canadair CT-133 cousins, a bevy of Aero L-39 Albatros jet trainers, a Gloster Meteor T.7 jet trainer, and one of the world’s few privately-owned Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighters. The videos (both parts) were uploaded to YouTube by AirshowStuffVideos.

Part 1 of the show-

That F-5A is a former 1968-vintage Norwegian Air Force jet. It made its way back to the States in 1988 and was purchased by Chick Thornton of Thornton Aircraft Company (TAC). TAC restores and sells Northrop T-38 and F-5 jets. They also do aviation motion picture and television work among other things. You may notice in Part 2 of the video that the F-5A is quite capable of stealing the show.

Part 2 of the show-

Part 2 features pyro effect and a missing man formation flown in remembrance of the late Marty Tibbitts, who died in the crash of the World Heritage Air Museum DF-112 Venom FB54 at Sheboygan the week before EAA AirVenture 2018. RIP Marty.

Image via AirshowStuff/Ryan Sundheimer


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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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