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Naval Aviation Centennial and More in Warbirds Area

Tigercat
The F7F Tigercat will be among one of the largest gatherings of flying naval aircraft, spanning all eras ever assembled in one location.

The Warbirds area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is always among the most visited on the grounds, as it’s one of the largest annual gatherings of warbirds in the world. This year will be special as the largest collection of flying naval aircraft from all eras ever assembled in one location is expected for the weeklong Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration. Overall there are expected to be about 350 warbird-type aircraft on display.

Among the rare warbird aircraft scheduled to participate are some famous fighters including a restored Japanese Mitsubishi Zero, a pair of German Focke-Wulf 190s, a British Spitfire, and famous U.S. Navy aircraft including the F7F Tigercat, FM-2 Wildcat, and F4U Corsair.

“We have a stellar lineup of warbird aircraft scheduled,” said Bill Fischer, executive director of EAA Warbirds of America. “With this year’s celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation, we anticipate seeing one of the largest gatherings of flying Navy warbirds ever assembled.”

The always-popular Warbirds in Review program will take place daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will feature legendary veterans such as Bob Hoover, Thomas Rozga, and Bud Anderson. Unique to this year, Thomas will share his World War II experiences flying the OY-1 while serving with a U.S. Marine Corps unit in the Pacific during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He will be reunited with the very plane he flew there.

New to the Warbirds area this year is the addition of the Naval Air Station (NAS) Oshkosh, a parking area for naval aircraft that was created in honor of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. NAS Oshkosh will be located just east of Scotts Warbird Alley in the Warbirds area, making it easy for naval aircraft enthusiasts to view the wide variety of planes that will be attending.

Other Warbirds area highlights include:

  • Warbirds Air Shows: On Wednesday, July 27, AirVenture pays tribute to naval aviation with the Centennial of Naval Aviation commemoration. During the afternoon air show, as many Navy warbirds as possible will assemble, spanning all eras, to fly and showcase the sights and sounds of naval aviation. In addition, Warbirds air show extravaganzas take place Friday and Saturday.
  • Veterans’ Parade: On Friday, July 29, all veterans in attendance are invited to assemble with their respective branches of service and join in the parade that starts in Scotts Warbird Alley at 2 p.m., continues down the flightline, and ends at ConocoPhillips Plaza.
  • Veterans’ Breakfast:  Have breakfast with Marine Corps Sergeant Jonathan Blank Friday, July 29 at the PHP Tent.  Sgt. Blank was serving in Afghanistan when he lost both his legs to an IED while on patrol. Click here to sign up for the free breakfast
  • Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will perform Friday night at Theater in the Woods, starting 8 p.m. The event is sponsored by EAA Warbirds of America and the Disabled American Veterans.
  • British Commonwealth Aircraft Training Plan display: Unique Canadian WWII training aircraft from the Vintage Wings of Canada museum will be on display just west of Scotts Warbird Alley.

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