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Warbirds in Review, an unparalleled presentation series during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that brings together historic airplanes with pilots and aircraft owners, returns in 2024 with guests that encompass 80 years of aviation and military history. The 71st edition of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s fly-in convention is July 22-28 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

Attendees at the 2013 Warbirds In Review presentation on the North American F-86 Sabre. [Photo by Paul Bowen]

The twice daily series of “up close and personal” stories will be held July 22-28 at the Warbirds in Review aircraft ramp, located within the EAA Warbirds of America area on the AirVenture grounds. The series is open to all attending AirVenture.

“Warbirds in Review features veterans, aviation legends, and aircraft that simply cannot be seen together in one place anywhere else in the world,” said Connie Bowlin, past president of the EAA Warbirds of America, who organizes the series. “Many of these veterans maintain that they were just doing their jobs and nothing heroic or extraordinary, but that could not be farther from the truth. Their stories and unique perspectives on the aircraft showcased at Oshkosh are insightful, poignant, and important for the public to hear.”

The aircraft and personalities at Warbirds in Review this year include those from WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam. The schedule as of May 24th, 2024 (subject to change without notice):

Monday, July 22nd

  • 10 am – Stinson L-5 Sentinel: Captain (Ret.) Steve Seal and Chad Hill, Artist and Historian, Django Studios
  • 1 pm – Cessna L-19 Bird Dog: Gerry Asher, Fort Worth Aviation Museum and Colonel (Ret.) Charlie Finch, Catkiller 19

Tuesday, July 23rd

  • 10 am- Cessna A-37 Dragonflys: Colonel Hank Hoffman USAF (Ret.), Mark Peterson, Lieutenant Colonel Jon “Huggy” Huggins USAF (Ret.) and Charlie Largay
  • 1 pm – North American P-51B and P-51D Old Crow Mustangs: This program will be a celebration of life for Brigardier General Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson USAF (Ret.), who passed away on May 17th, 2024. His friends reach far and wide and run deep in the warbird and military communities. Bud Anderson is the only individual featured as a speaker every year since the inception of Warbirds in Review 20-plus years ago. All are invited to this Warbirds in Review program for a celebration of a life well lived.

Wednesday, July 24th

  • 10 am – de Havilland Mosquito, Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire: Flight Lieutenant Colin S. Bell DFC RAF (Ret.), Rod Lewis, Stew Dawson, Dave Hadfield and Joe Cosmano
  • 1 pm – Beechcraft T-34 Mentor and North American T-28 Trojan Trainers 75th Anniversary: Paul Walters, Mick “Thor” Thorstenson, Dan Kirkland, Tom Donovan, and Jim Rohlf

Thursday, July 25th

  • 10 am – Douglas C-47 Skytrain: Eric Zipkin, Leader of the D-Day Squadron
  • 1 pm – Curtiss SB2C Helldiver and Republic P-47 Thunderbolt: Fagen Fighters WWII Museum

Friday, July 26th

  • 10 am – Beechcraft T-34 Mentor: Chief Warrant Officer Two Walt Fricke US Army (Ret.), Founder, CEO, and AirBoss, Veterans Airlift Command
  • 1 pm – Parade: Veterans Tribute

 Saturday, July 27th

  • 10 am – Little Friend P-51: Major John “Lucky” Luckadoo USAF (Ret.), Masters of the Air (Pending)
  • 1 pm – Fairchild PT-26: Kevin Korterud, Danielle Reese, and Dave Holden, members of the CAF Buckeye Wing
WWII veterans alongside present day warbird pilots discuss the legendary Vought Corsair during the Warbirds in Review session in front of Texas Flying Legends Museum’s FG-1D. [Photo by Jake Peterson’]

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s membership convention. Additional information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available at www.EAA.org/airventure. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or visit www.EAA.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAA.