Making its Oshkosh debut is the AIM-9X Sidewinder missile, the most advanced infra-red tracking, short-range air-to-air missile in the world. It is in use by 40 countries, and arms U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force F-15, F-16 and F-18 aircraft. The one mounted here on a Aero Vodochody L-39C jet is, of course, just a dummy. Credit: Mo Spuhler
B-25J Mitchell ‘Lady Luck’ frames the Marines’ PBJ-1J Mitchell, ‘Dirty Dog’ owned by the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum in Midland, Texas.
It was lonely out there as tail gunner in a B-25.
‘Devil Dog’ nose art. Credit: Mo Spuhler
‘Lady Luck’ nose art. Credit: Mo Spuhler
The Michigan-based Yankee Air Museum’s B-17G ‘Yankee Lady’ arrives at AirVenture. Credit: Mo Spuhler
One doesn’t realize just how big a wing the B-17 is. Credit: Mo Spuhler
T-6 trainers turn out in force for the show. Credit: Mo Spuhler
T-6 tails – almost every one is different. Credit: Mo Spuhler
At least four T-33s flew into this year’s AirVenture, including this Shooting Star owned by Doug Matthews and Classic Fighters of America, based in San Diego. Credit: Mo Spuhler
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.