May 22, 2014 - Experience military aviation history with some of the most storied aircraft ever built told by the heroic veterans who flew them as the EAA Warbirds of America hosts twice-daily (10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday) Warbirds in Review presentations at EAA AirVenture’s Warbird Alley.
These informational sessions explore an aircraft’s wartime operation and restoration, while veterans share stories about what it was like to fly the aircraft in combat or support the operation as a ground crew member.
Preceding the daily presentations at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the Warbirds Living History Group re-enactors will do an educational talk/demonstration regarding the flight gear associated with the upcoming aircraft. Singers will also provide entertainment from the 1940s-1960s just prior to actual Warbirds in Review sessions. All Vietnam veterans in attendance will be recognized before each session, and book signing opportunities will follow in the Warbirds Merchandise Building.
Here’s the lineup for this year’s Warbirds in Review presentations:
Monday, July 28
10 a.m. – Fairchild PT-19 featuring co-owner and longtime warbird volunteer Richard Smith appearing along with Jack Hibbits, World War II PT-19 instructor and author of Take ‘er Up Alone, Mister.
1 p.m. – Lockheed P-38 Lightning and Curtis P-40 Warhawk with Ron Fagen of the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum. Also featuring Christina Olds, author of Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds, a book about her father’s experiences as a World War II ace and Vietnam F-4 pilot. Shuttle Commander and Astronaut Joe Engle will also join the presentation and share stories about flying the P-40.
Tuesday, July 29
10 a.m. – North American T-28 with owner Ken Fardie - featuring Gen. Richard Secord and Richard Welch “Raven 41,” telling the Ravens/Air America story. Secord authored the book Honored and Betrayed, and only 12 copies will be available in the Warbirds Gift Store so don’t delay if you wish to purchase one. Welch’s book The Ravens will also be available for sale in the Warbirds Gift Store after the presentation.
1 p.m. – P-51 Old Crow with owners Jim Hagedorn, Jack Roush, and featuring triple-ace Bud Anderson, author of To Fly & Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace. Along with Old Crow, this year will highlight Bud’s service in Vietnam with a surprise guest and a story you will not want to miss.
Wednesday, July 30
10 a.m. – Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter owned by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, with Maj. Gen Patrick Brady. A Medal of Honor recipient and Huey pilot, Brady is the author of Dead Man Flying. The AAHF will also bring its Bell AH-1 Cobra and a short dedication ceremony for the aircraft will occur at the beginning of this presentation.
1 p.m. – Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog and de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou owned by Cavanaugh Flight Museum with “Caribou Bob” Schrader, Bird Dog pilots the “Catkillers,” Charlie Finch, and Doc Clement. Finch and Clement are featured in the book, A Hundred Feet Over Hell, which will be available in the Warbirds Gift Store after the presentation.
Thursday, July 31
10 a.m. – Fairey Gannett with owner Shannan Hendricks, veteran pilot Harry Odone, and crew members Ron Stoner and Kirk Hexum. Jack Morrissey will be introduced, and he will appear in the Warbird Gift Store for autographs afterwards.
1 p.m. – North American B-25 Mitchell Bomber owned by Fagen Fighters WWII Museum, with special guest TBA.
Friday, August 1
10 a.m. – Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and A-1 Sky Raider owned by Paul Wood, with pilots Dave Waldrop and Dick Diller, author of Firefly, A Skyraider's Story About America's Secret War Over Laos. Additional veterans to be announced.
1 p.m. – North American P-51 Mustang with owner Tony Buechler and veteran Jerry Yellin. The pilot who flew on the last mission of World War II, Yellin is the author of Of War & Weddings. Buechler has owned this P-51 for 29 years.
Saturday, August 2
10 a.m. – Beechcraft T-34s with multiple owners, representing all service branches and pilot Bob Hoover, author of Forever Flying. Autograph session to follow in Warbird Gift Store.
1 p.m. – Lockheed P-38 Glacier Girl with owner Rod Lewis along with pilots Steve Hinton and Bob Cardin. An autograph session will follow in the Warbird Store featuring author Bee Haydu with her book, Letters Home:1944-1945.