Current naval aircraft in legendary paint schemes of their predecessors will be one of the highlights of the week-long Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration at EAA AirVenture 2011, which will be held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
Several featured attractions, appearances, and forums will highlight AirVenture 2011’s week-long commemoration of naval aviation’s centennial, including “Navy Day” on Wednesday, July 27. “Navy Day” will feature a variety of legendary naval aircraft spanning the past 100 years, showcased in the afternoon air show and spotlighted throughout the week.
Among the many special features will be the appearance of current naval aircraft repainted in colors from previous eras, thanks to the efforts of the Centennial of Naval Aviation.
Examples of already completed aircraft include two T-45 Goshawks painted in yellow-winged, pre-World War II tactical aircraft schemes; an S-3B Viking in the colors of naval airplanes that fought in the Battle of Midway during World War II; an HH-60H Seahawk helicopter painted like those of Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron THREE (HAL-3) Seawolf fire teams from the Vietnam era; and an F/A-18F with an unique scheme modeled after the current Navy Working Uniform (pictured below). More than 25 of these specially painted aircraft are expected to appear at AirVenture 2011.
“We’re excited that EAA has made the Centennial of Naval Aviation the theme of the 2011 show,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Tim Wilson, Executive Director of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. “We look forward to working closely with the professionals at EAA to make this preeminent event an unsurpassed success.”
Already confirmed for AirVenture 2011 is a replica of the 1911 Curtiss-Ely Pusher that made the first carrier landing on the deck of the U.S. Navy’s USS Pennsylvania in the San Francisco Bay on Jan. 11, 1911 – beginning the era of naval aviation. More features, programs and attractions Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration will be announced as they are confirmed.
“Seeing current naval aircraft paying tribute to the legacy left by their predecessors is another unique way AirVenture attendees can learn about aviation history,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA and AirVenture chairman. “We are honored the Centennial of Naval Aviation recognizes AirVenture as a major destination, and the lineup of attractions and events expected in 2011 is sure to live up to its billing as a Tier 1 event.”
AirVenture 2011 will also feature tribute days dedicated to aviation legends Burt Rutan (Thursday, July 28) and Bob Hoover (Tuesday, July 26) as well as several attractions and events commemorating the 100th anniversary of air mail service. Additionally, returning for 2011 will be the Opening Day Concert presented by the Ford Motor Company on Monday, July 25, the Night Air Show and Fireworks on Saturday, July 30, and the World Symposium on Electric Aircraft, featuring industry leaders discussing the emerging era of electric flight, on Friday, July 29.
For more information: AirVenture.org