Tom Griffin was the navigator on crew No. 9 during the Doolittle Raid. This raid was a major strike back at the Japanese after Pearl Harbor. He would go on to fly in bombers in North Africa, and became a POW of the Germans.
Chuck Doyle's love of all forms of aviation is evident just by looking at the types of aircraft he's flown and owned. He shares many of the countless adventures he embarked on during his aviation career.
If you’re an aviation geek, there’s a good chance you can recognize airplanes just by their sound. Here’s your opportunity to do just that, with some of the more distinct sounds of AirVenture through the years.
From the brand-new F-35 to the 65-year-old B-52, a wide variety of military jets have visited AirVenture over the years. Here’s some of the best, and loudest, jet noise we’ve experienced over the skies of Oshkosh.
When the war broke out in 1941, many brave women stepped forward to do their part. A new program called the WASP would place women in the cockpits of some of the most high-performance aircraft of the day.
Since EAA’s beginning in 1953, members had the foresight to record and archive more than 80 percent of the events that occurred at the annual fly-in. This is the comprehensive story of the first 50 years of EAA fly-ins.
As the aircraft that famously transported D-Day paratroopers on June 6, 1944, into Normandy, the Douglas C-47 was a crucial piece in the Allies’ air superiority during World War II. Hear from a number of C-47 pilots and a D-Day veteran.
Famously flying the P-51 Mustang during World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African-American pilots that formed the 332nd Fighter Group and 477th Bombardment Group. Hear from a pair of Tuskegee Airmen in this Warbirds in Review session.
Two of the most-produced military training aircraft after World War II are the T-28 and T-34. Learn more about the history of these aircraft, which are still widely used in air shows, and hear from current pilots and owners.
Charles McGee is one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, the first all African American unit in the United States Army Air Forces. He would fly combat in the red-tailed P-51 as he helped clear the skies for the heavy bombers.
Clarence Emil “Bud” Anderson is a World War II triple ace. He flew 116 combat missions in the skies over Europe in his P-51, Old Crow, assigned to the famed 357th Fighter Group. While there, he shot down 16¼ aircraft.
The F6F Hellcat and F8F Bearcat were used by the U.S. Navy during World War II, with the Hellcat playing a vital role in the Pacific Theater and the Bearcat, while more advanced, entering service just after the war ended.
Learn more about the legendary Royal Air Force de Havilland Mosquito bomber/fighter and the story behind the recent restoration of Lewis Air Legends’ immaculate Mosquito in this Warbirds in Review session.
Chat with two up and comers in the aviation world, Ryan Hunt and Cayla McLeod. Co-founders of the Young Aviators Fly-In, they are also caretakers of Triple Tree Aerodrome's P-51 Mustang "Tempus Fugit."
The Warbirds area is always one of the most popular places to visit during AirVenture. This year we saw a large P-51 Mustang gathering, a Col. Bud Anderson tribute, the XP-82, a newly restored de Havilland Mosquito, a Fairey Firefly, and others.
Carl Patrick bought this Mustang after it was damaged in a landing accident. After an extensive restoration, he decided to paint the airplane to honor Clark Clemons, a pilot with the 84th Fighter Squadron of the 78th Fighter Group.
Of the more than 7,000 Douglas A-20 Havocs built for U.S. and Allied forces during World War II, just a handful survive, and, as far as we know, only one flies — and it came to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, EAA 820282, spends his money on some really cool stuff like science, shipwrecks, space travel, sports franchises, rare guitars, and movie props. Luckily for us, he also collects airplanes and puts them on display.
One of the warbird highlights at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 was Special Kay, the only flying Douglas B-26K/A-26A Invader in the world. This twin-engine medium bomber/attack aircraft has been recently restored to its mid-’60s.
Paul Tibbets, Jr. (1915 - 2007) made history as the pilot of Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. This 2004 interview covers his first experiences with aviation and how he joined the military.
Hal Weekley (1921-2010) was a B-17 pilot with the 601st Bomb Squadron of the 398th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force during WWII, and the last of the WWII combat pilots to actively fly a B-17, retiring from flying EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast in 2001.
Gary Austin (1970-2009) began working on warbird restorations for Ezell Aviation in 1996, and in 2001 opened his own restoration/maintenance shop called Retro Aviation. In 2004 he became crew chief on the Commemorative Air Force's B-29 and B-24.
Bob Hoover is an aviation legend. During his long aviation career he has been a fighter pilot, test pilot, and world-reknowned aerobatic performer. In this interview Bob talks about learning to fly and joining the service during World War II.
Steven Hinton, a seven-time national air racing champion and pilot of the world’s fastest propeller-driven, piston-powered aircraft, recently talked about his career at the EAA Aviation Museum as part of the Aviation Adventure Speaker Series.
Basler Turbo Conversions in Oshkosh is one of the only companies in the world that converts piston-engine DC-3s into turbine-powered aircraft. Tour the facility as Basler President Randy Myers gives a history of the company and restoration.
Boeing built two XL-15s as proof of concept prototypes and then 10 YL-15s for evaluation as they competed for the U.S. Army Air Forces contract for a new L-bird, a liaison aircraft. Boeing ultimately lost the contract to Cessna.
When we think of presidential aircraft, we imagine jumbo jets, like the Boeing VC-25 (the military version of the 747) tagged with the call sign “Air Force One.” Here’s a look at a smaller transport, a 1955 Aero Commander L-26B known as Ike's Bird.
Recently EAA staff attended the opening of the B-17F Memphis Belle exhibit in 2018, which honored the first heavy bomber aircraft and crew to complete 25 missions during WWII. It was acquired by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in 2005.
Basler Turbo Conversions is one of the only companies in the world that converts piston-engine DC-3s into turbine-powered aircraft. Tour the facility and see what goes into converting these rugged, tough DC-3s into even tougher Basler BT-67s.
This EAA Timeless Voices of Aviation interview with General Olds was recorded at AirVenture 2002. General Olds died on June 14, 2007, one month short of his 85th birthday. His presence at AirVenture 2007 will be greatly missed.
The XP-82 Twin Mustang has been one of the most highly anticipated warbird restorations in recent memory. After 10 years of perseverance and more than 200,000 man-hours of work, Tom Reilly, EAA 802376, has this rare prototype close to flying again.
Dick Cole was copilot for Col. Jimmy Doolittle when Doolittle led a force of 16 B-25 bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet to bomb targets in Japan on April 18, 1942 - the first attack on Japanese soil during World War II.