Warbird Flight Demo Aircraft
Warbird Flight Demonstrations included the following aircraft. These aircraft were on static display while not in flight:
|B-17 Fact Sheet B-17 History Sheet||‘Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress’
History: The Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” is a World War II bomber used primarily in Europe, participated in countless missions from bases in England. These missions often lasted for more than eight hours and struck at targets deep within enemy territory. Because of their long-range capability, formations of B-17s often flew into battle with no fighter escort, relying on their own defensive capabilities to insure a successful mission.
Owner: Kaney Aerospace
History: The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 is a high-subsonic fighter aircraft produced in the USSR from 1952 and operated by numerous air forces in many variants. It is an advanced development of the very similar appearing MiG-15 of the Korean War. The MiG-17 first saw combat in 1958 over the Straits of Taiwan and was used as an effective threat against supersonic fighters of the United States in the Vietnam War.
Owner: Jim Allen
History: The Cessna T-37 Tweet is a small, economical twin-engine jet trainer-attack type aircraft which was a primary pilot training vehicle for over 52 years. 1,269 Cessna T-37s were built, with 419 still serving in the United States Air Force in 2006. The T-37A was very noisy, even by the standards of a jet aircraft. The jet emitted a high-pitched piercing whistle that quickly gave the T-37 its name: “Tweety Bird”, or just “Tweet”.
|‘Grumman TBF Avenger’ (Status: Sunday Only)
Owner: Brad Deckert
History: The Grumman Avenger was a carrier-borne torpedo aircraft and light bomber, with cabins for a crew of three, pilot, observer and TAG. Originally the Fleet Air Arm named the aircraft the Grumman Tarpon, changing to Avenger in January 1944. The Avenger was Grumman’s first torpedo aircraft, and its robust design had much in common with that of the Company’s fighters. One notable Avenger pilot was future American President George H. W. Bush, flying a TBM Avenger off the light aircraft carrier USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) in 1944.
|North American T6/Harvard
Owner: Vic Stottlemyer
History: Advanced Trainer, Flying formation, gunnery, bombing training. Trained more allied pilots in WW2 than any other aircraft.Used by a number of countries in the ground attack/FAC role. Delivered to the RCAF Dec 1951. In service until 1965. Painted in it’s exact RCAF colors and markings.
|Beechcraft T-34 “Mentor”
History: The T-34 Mentor is the brainchild of Walter Beech, who developed it as the Beechcraft Model 45 private venture at a time when there was no defense budget for a new trainer model. Beech hoped to sell it as an economical alternative to the North American T-6 Texan, then in use by all services of the U.S. military.
|North American P-51D Mustang
History: One of the most effective, famous and beautiful fighter aircraft of WWII, the P-51 was designed to fulfill a British requirement dated April 1940. Because of the rapidly-mounting clouds of war in Europe, the UK asked North American Aircraft to design and build a new fighter in only 120 days. The first Merlin-engine versions appeared in 1943 with the P-51B, of which 1,988 were built in Inglewood, California, and the P-51C, of which 1,750 were built in Dallas, Texas. In the last 40 years, surplus Mustangs have been modified and used extensively as civilian air racers, but the latest trend is for private owners to restore them to almost perfect, historically-accurate condition.
Owner: Warbird Heritage Foundation
History: The North American F-86 Sabre was designed in the 1940′s as a subsonic fighter aircraft. The Sabre entered service with the United States Air Force in 1949. The F-86 saw action and became the primary U.S. air combat fighter in the Korean War. Various models were produced in day fighter, fighter-bomber, and all-weather interceptor configurations with a variety of armaments. U.S. production of the Sabre ended in December, 1956.
|Lockheed T-33 “Shooting Star” aka “T-Bird”
Owner: Paul Keppeler (right)
History: The T-33 was the most widely used jet trainer in the world. A two-seat version of the USAF’s first jet fighter, the F-80 Shooting Star, the T-33 continues to serve in various armed forces today.
|Cessna L-19 “Bird Dog”
Owner: Mike Weinfurter
History: One of a long line of civilian light planes converted to military use (like the Taylor, Piper, and Stinson “Grasshoppers” of World War II fame), the Cessna L-19 “Bird Dog” observation and Forward Air Control aircraft traced its origins to the Cessna 170, a 4-place civilian light plane, with its military power upgraded from 145 to 213hp.
Owner: Commemorative Air Force (CAF)
History: SNJ -5. Naval version of the famous T-6 family of advanced WW2 trainers.Used by the Navy and Marines for advanced flying training,formation,gunnery and carrier landing qualification.This aircraft,flown by the Wisconsin Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), is unique due to it’s rare rear gunner seat and canopy.”
|Fairchild PT26 “Cornell”
Owner: Commemorative Air Force, Wisconsin wing
History: The Fairchild PT-26 was a primary trainer used by the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) during WWII. The aircraft is owned and operated by the Commemorative Air Force’s Wisconsin Wing and is based here at the Waukesha County Airport. It was built in 1942 by Fleet Aircraft of Canada under license from Fairchild Aircraft and was based in Assiniboia, Sask, Canada where it helped to train RCAF cadets until the end of the war. The CAF Wisconsin Wing acquired it in 2008 and since then it has won four awards up at EAA AirVenture including: Best Primary Trainer, A ‘Silver Wrench’ Award for restoration,A Judge’s Choice Award and a Preservation Award.