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One of the rarest warbirds in North America and one of the most modern fighter jets in the Canadian Forces have been confirmed to participate during the Royal Canadian Air Force centennial at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024. The 71st edition of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s fly-in convention is July 22-28 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

 The Avro Lancaster during its first visit to Oshkosh during the 1989 EAA fly-in convention. (EAA photo/Carl Schuppel)

The Avro Lancaster Mk. X bomber, the only flying example of the airplane in North America, will make its first appearance at Oshkosh since 2015. Owned and operated by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope, Ontario, this particular airplane was built in 1945 and served with the RCAF as a maritime patrol aircraft until 1963. After more than a decade of outdoor display, the Lancaster was fully restored and returned to flight in 1988. It is painted in the colors honoring Victoria Cross recipient Andrew Mynarski, who flew with the RCAF No. 419 “Moose” Squadron.

The Lancaster will be at Oshkosh throughout the week and on display on Boeing Plaza. It will also participate in flying demonstrations during the week.

CF-188 Horent with RCAF centennial paint scheme, flies over Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake Alberta on 02 May 2024. Photo by: Sgt Mark Schombs

The Canadian Forces CF-18 demo team is making its first appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The team is a national team with members selected from RCAF units across the country. All are selected for their superior performance, dedication to excellence, and desire to represent Canada’s operational air force. Throughout the 2024 RCAF centennial season a specially painted CF-18 Hornet, featuring a unique commemorative paint job, will wow audiences at locations across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom as part of Operation INSPIRATION 2024. The CF-18 will perform in the afternoon air shows at Oshkosh on July 26-28, with the jet displayed on Boeing Plaza at other times.

One of the finest aerial demonstration teams in the world, the RCAF Snowbirds visited AirVenture 2016 for the first time in more than three decades. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

These additions add to the already impressive lineup previously announced at Oshkosh to celebrate the RCAF centennial. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will perform during the afternoon air shows on July 26-28, while historic warbirds from Vintage Wings of Canada will also be present throughout the week.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

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.