B-25s among other warbird aircraft coming to Oshkosh
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin —
(May 19, 2017) — Some of the World War II era’s most significant military
aircraft that have been restored and preserved by the Commemorative Air Force
(CAF) will be among the highlights of the annual warbird gathering at EAA AirVenture
The 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) fly-in convention is
July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
Among the airplanes coming to Oshkosh is the
Boeing B-29 FIFI, which will join the world’s only other flying B-29
bomber, Doc, on the flight line for the first appearance of multiple
B-29s in more than 50 years. In addition, CAF B-25 bombers will appear as part
of the 75th anniversary of the famed Doolittle Raid of April 1942.
“While more than 300 vintage military
aircraft at Oshkosh each year create the world’s largest annual warbird
gathering, the CAF has been at the forefront of restoring and preserving many
marvelous examples of flying history,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president
of communities and member benefits who coordinates AirVenture features and
attractions. “At AirVenture, visitors can see the airplanes in the air and on
ground display, and also learn more about the aircraft from the people who own
and fly them.”
While at AirVenture, the B-29 FIFI
will be available for flights on July 26-27, based from Appleton, Wisconsin.
More information is available at CAF’s Air
Power History Tour
website. At other times, the aircraft will be displayed at Oshkosh for cockpit
and aircraft tours.
Other CAF aircraft on display at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh include:
C-47 That’s All Brother, the airplane
that led the D-Day invasion and is under restoration in Oshkosh
A-26 Invader twin-engine bomber
B-25s Miss Mitchell and Devil Dog,
part of the Doolittle Raid 75th anniversary commemoration.
“The Commemorative Air Force is again excited
to bring a number of our aircraft to Oshkosh for The World’s Greatest Aviation
Celebration,” said Stephan Brown, Commemorative Air Force president. “These
airplanes represent an outstanding tribute to the men and women who gave
dedicated themselves and sacrificed to preserve our freedom.”
Many of the CAF aircraft will also
participate in the EAA AirVenture daily afternoon air shows, including the
warbird extravaganzas that take place throughout the week.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership
convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and
camping purchase, is available online at www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive
lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs,
call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is
available at www.twitter.com/EAA.
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