Warbird Alley will feature more warbirds than ever before at this year’s EAA AirVenture.
The British de Havilland Mosquito fighter/bomber was radical in that it traded speed for defensive weapons, and thus could carry a far heavier bomb load deeper into enemy territory, yet evade defensive fighter aircraft. This Mosquito B.35 is owned by the Kermit Weeks Museum, but hasn’t flown for many years.
RS712 used to fly at Oshkosh before being relegated to static display in the EAA Museum.
Kermit Weeks’ Mosquito starred in numerous movies, including 633 Squadron, before moving to the U.S. It will be joined here this year by the world’s only flying Mosquito. When did anyone last see a pair of them together?
B-25 Mitchell 45-8835 Betty's Dream is operated by the Texas Flying Legends Museum in Houston, Texas.
The gull-winged F4U Corsair fighter shows its wing-folding features. By Sunday, there were no fewer than four of the WWII fighters here at Oshkosh.
Here’s how you fit all those Corsairs on a carrier deck!
A rare sight indeed: Corsairs everywhere.
P-51D Petie 2ndN5427V is owned by Anthony Buechler, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, who has flown it for over 2,000 hours in the last 21 years! It has never been raced or wrecked, and is on its third engine now, going strong with a set of Roush pistons.
John has led Aviation Week's ShowNews, the best-read daily news magazine of aerospace trade shows, for nearly two decades. His background in business journalism before joining Aviation Week includes stints at Reuters, the American Banker daily banking newspaper and as business news editor at the Milwaukee Journal and the Cincinnati Enquirer.