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Warbirds in Review
Dr. Bill Harrison interviews Vietnam veterans in Warbird Alley for Warbirds in Review.

Warbirds in Review became part of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh scene in 2003, bringing a close-up look at some of the most storied military aircraft to ever darken the skies. This year, a total of 13 presentations were given, and each program became an instant classic as the popularity of the programs allowed for a second presentation to be added to each day’s schedule. With the help of karaoke equipment, Warbirds in Review has grown steadily in the past seven years.

Warbirds in ReviewChairperson Connie Bowlin arranged another stellar lineup of aircraft and aviators, with two presentations given each day. from Monday, July 26, through Saturday, July 31, on Sunday, August 1. Warbirds in Review sessions were held in ScottsMiracle-Gro Warbird Alley and played to large and enthusiastic crowds. Returning as program moderators were Dan Bowlin and Sam Bass. Dr. Bill Harrison also served as a moderator.

Connie explained that Warbirds in Review coordination is much like putting together a puzzle. “The idea developed from observing that people quickly gathered when an owner was seen working on an aircraft or explaining something to a bystander,” she said. “They always drew a crowd. Why not designate a time and a specific location where people could come to hear about warbird aircraft?”

The idea quickly expanded to include a veteran to tell what it was like to fly the aircraft. Aircraft owners, veterans, and volunteers enthusiastically support the program.

“In the beginning I brought a tiny ‘karaoke’ amplifier from home,” Connie said. “The only recordings were handheld video cameras. The features are now professionally filmed in high definition with a video crew, sound system; bleachers, etc. Three years ago, a group of sponsors stepped forward to help with our expense, so we have come a long way.”

Sleeping Dog Productions produced an award-winning DVD that captures the spirit of the event. Warbirds in Review: In Their Own Words is available from Warbirds and EAA.

This year the stands were full. Click the link for a video of the Warbirds in Review tribute to Vietnam veterans featuring the O-2, Bird Dog, and Mohawk.

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