B-25J Mitchell "Panchito", L-19 Birddog, Boeing B-17G Bomber "Madras Maiden"
and F8F-2 Bearcat
B-25 J Mitchell "Panchito" - Larry Kelly, Lt. Col. Dick Cole, Jonna Doolittle
and James H. Doolittle, III Lt. Col. Dick Cole at the young age of 101 will
share his experiences as Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot on one of the most
significant missions in our history. As Col. Cole speaks in front of the B-25
owned by Larry Kelley. There will be a display of B-25s on Warbird Alley that
will replicate the deck of the Hornet on that day in April 1942 when they made
history. Col. Cole will be joined by Jonna Doolittle Hoppes and James H.
L-19 Birddog - Randy Maiville, Bill Reader, Charlie Finch and Doc Clement POW
Col. William Reeder will be joined by his Army Pilot training classmate, Charlie
Finch and Doc Clement who flew together in Vietnam. While Bill Reader flew
combat in the Mohawk and Cobra, Charlie and Doc were flying low level missions
in the Bird Dog. The POW experience is shared by Col. Reeder in the book
"Through the Valley" and the missions of Charlie and Doc are related in the book
"A Hundred Feet Over Hell".
Boeing B-17G Bomber "Madras Maiden" - Erickson Aircraft Collection, Jack
Erickson, Ray Fowler, Charley Valera and Steve Snyder It is a pleasure to
welcome Jack Erickson to Oshkosh to talk about onfe of the many aircraft in the
Erickson collection. The Boeing B-17 Dlying Fortress was used primarily in
Europe in the Eighth Air Force. Jack will be joined by Ray Fowler, who flies the
F-16 Fighting Falcon with the Air National Guard and as a civilian pilot, and a
pilot for a major airline he has over 13,000 flying hours. Ray is actively
involved with multiple flying museums. On any given weekend, he can be found
throughout the country flying at airshows in a variety of different types of
historic WWII fighter and bomber aircraft. Authors Steve Snyder and Charley
Valera will join the discussion to talk aobut experiences and recollections of
B-17 crew members as told in their two very different books.
F8F-2 Bearcat - John O'Connor and Navy Lt. Damon Kores, No. 2 right wing Blue
Angels Flight Team Member John O'Connor is the owner of the beautiful F8F
Bearcat painted in the Blue Angel Scheme. Lt. Kroes served in the U.S. Marine
Corps before he was commissioned as an officer in the Navy. Kroes served as a
flight instructor at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA before being selected
for the Blue Angels.