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Second Annual Canadian Breakfast

By Jack Dueck, Chairman, Canadian Council

  • Second Annual Canadian Breakfast
    Rick Volker and his Harvard

May 2016 - We are expanding the Canadian breakfast at Oshkosh this year to make more tickets make sure you pick up your breakfast tickets early at the EAA Canada Tent (next to the International Visitors Tent). We are excited to be able to announce that Rick Volker, Canadian air show performer and aerobatic pilot, will be our featured speaker at the breakfast.

Rick will present “Competition to Warbirds.” There are two safe ways to check out in World War II (WWII) fighters, the traditional way in the Harvard, and the second way: flying modern “fighter-trait” aerobatic aircraft through the gauntlet of Unlimited competition. Rick will discuss similarities of these classes of aircraft, and the way that modern aerobatic aircraft can be employed to better prepare us for the piston-fighter challenge. Anecdotes of his conversion in different aircraft such as Bf 109 E, Spitfire, and Hurricane follow. Future training plans in the Vought Corsair will be compared.

Rick Volker has competed in aerobatic competitions for many years in high-performance aircraft such as the Pitts biplanes and Sukhoi monoplanes. He is known for flying the WWII Supermarine Spitfire MK IX in a spectacular display of surface-level aerobatics. He is one of a few pilots in the world qualified to fly the rare Messerschmitt Bf109E, and he has flown the same serial number Bf 109 as Hans-Joachim Marseilles in an air show dogfight routine vs. the Hawker Hurricane.

Don’t miss this chance to meet up with your Canadian friends on Wednesday, July 27, at the tent near the Nature Center. Breakfast will start at 7:00 a.m. and our presentations will start some time after 8:00 a.m., depending on how many people are still lining up for Canadian bacon, eh!

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