March 30, 2017 - Of the more than 7,000 Douglas A-20 Havocs built for U.S. and Allied forces during World War II, just a handful survive, and, as far as we know, only one flies — and it’s coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The twin-engine light bomber and attack aircraft is part of Rod Lewis’ Lewis Air Legends collection based in San Antonio, Texas. Lewis Air Legends is also the owner of the beloved P-38F Glacier Girl, as well as the well-known Reno racer Rare Bear, a highly modified F8F-2 Bearcat.
Lewis’ Havoc was built in 1943 as an A-20G, is powered by two 1,700-hp Wright R-2600s, armed with seven machine guns, and could carry a bomb load of 4,000 pounds. The airplane was previously owned by the Lone Star Flight Museum, but has since been fully restored to its original, stock military configuration. The airplane was originally slated to be here in 2016, but had to cancel at the last minute.
“We’re really excited to see this beautiful airplane this summer,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs who coordinates features and attractions at AirVenture. “As the only known flying example, the A-20 is truly unique and will be a great addition to the warbird lineup at Oshkosh 2017.”
The exact arrival and air show demonstration dates will be announced as they are finalized.