OSHKOSH, Wis. — A rare opportunity to listen to combat pilots tell their stories and view wartime aircraft will be at this year’s Warbirds in Review at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the 62nd annual fly-in convention for the Experimental Aircraft Association, is July 28-Aug. 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
On Tuesday, July 29, at 1 p.m. World War II triple-ace Bud Anderson, author of “To Fly & Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace” will talk about his little-known experience in the Vietnam War. This presentation also includes a showcase of the P-51 “Old Crow” with owners Jim Hagedorn and Jack Roush, plus a surprise guest.
Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Major Gen. Patrick Brady appears on Wednesday, July 30, at 10 a.m. Brady is the author of Dead Men Flying. His talk will feature the Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter owned by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.
Another interesting Warbird is highlighted by Jerry Yellin, a P-51 pilot who flew as part of the last mission of World War II. This presentation on Friday, Aug. 1, at 1 p.m.will feature the North American P-51 owned by Tony Buechler.
Christina Olds, author of “Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds,” will be speaking at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 28, recalling her father’s experiences as a World War II ace and Vietnam F-4 pilot.
Spectators can also view the Lockheed P-38 Lightning and Curtiss P-40 Warhawk owned by Ron Fagen of the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum. Ron and Eric Fagen will talk about the restoration, operation and flying characteristics of these beautiful aircraft.
This weeklong Warbirds in Review schedule also includes other presentations from Warbird veterans and the showcasing of various wartime crafted planes. The presentations will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily at EAA AirVenture’s Warbird Alley.
Preceding the presentations, Warbirds Living History Group will host educational talks/demonstrations on flight gear associated with the upcoming aircraft
In addition, singers/entertainers Theresa Eaman and the “Letters Home” girls will entertain just prior to each presentation.
Visit the EAA Warbirds of America website for schedule and details about each presentation.