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Anticipation High for AirVenture

By Harold Cannon, President, EAA Warbirds of America

The Fourth of July was a banner day in Kentucky. Not only was it my wife's first Fourth as an American citizen (after living here for over 20 years), but it was our first outing together in our DH-82A Tiger Moth. What a great holiday weekend! The summertime flying is great and should only get better as we all look forward to the annual pilgrimage to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

The trip can be an adventure in itself. Last year I was fortunate to be able to fly an L-4B to participate in Warbirds in Review. The trip was a long one, with over 13 hours elapsed and a little over 10 hours in the air. It was a great way to spend the day.

This year's Warbirds experience at Oshkosh promises to be one of the best ever! There will be a full week of excellent Warbirds in Review presentations at Warbird Alley. Look to see flying examples of historic aircraft that you simply cannot find anywhere else on earth. This year Warbird Alley will have not only rare aircraft but also period music, entertainers, and re-enactors to give us a truly vintage warbird experience.

EAA has designated Friday, August 2, as "Salute to Veterans Day," and Warbirds of America will play a pivotal role in planned activities. (Please see the AirVenture website for all the details.) The Main Plaza Stage on Phillips 66 Plaza will be occupied by Warbirds of America, in conjunction with the Disabled American Veterans. Featured activities include World War II-era musical performers, warbird aircraft, and Friday evening's return of a special Vietnam veterans' Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight featuring Tony Orlando singing as vets deplane. Actor Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band concert caps this incredible day.

The excitement is building, and I hope to see you become part of a great warbird turnout as we keep 'em flying!


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