2017 Warbirds in Review Volume 3
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P-47 D Thunderbolt, T-33 Shooting Star, T-34 Mentor and SNJ4, P-63 Kingcobra and T-38 Talon
P-47 D Thunderbolt "Hun Hunter XVI" and "Wicked Wabbit" - Deke Holman, Hans Wronka, Neal Melton and John Shoffner Deke Holman served during World War II as a C-47 Co-Pilot, later transitioning to the P-47. He retired from United flying the B-747 so he says he has always flown 47's. The two P-47s owned by John Shoffner and Neal Melton were unable to join in on the presentation due to weather at home. Deke was part of the airshow, red shirt team for many years and is a very special friend to many Oshkosh Volunteers. Deke will be joined by Hans Wronka, grandson of 1st Lt. Loren Hintz who was killed in action flying a P-47 Thunderbolt over Italy on April 21, 1945. Hans has embarked on an epic 12-year journey to confidently locate the site, remains, and aircraft where his grandfather was killed.
T-33 Shooting Star - Ken Paholski and Dick Rutan Dick Rutan began his military career joining the Air Force Aviation Cadet Program at age 19, later becoming an Air Force Lieutenant. Dick was in the last active air defense scramble from the remote, semi-arctic base at Keflavik, Iceland. They were "fighting" the Cold War. On this remote tour that lasted about a year, he flew training and active air misions as needed in the capacity of radar observer (backseater) for the 57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. The F-89 Scorpion was retired and replaced by the more modern jet, the F-102. Upon landing the final mission in the f-89 Scorpion, it was literally taxied over to the boneyard, ending its active service in the United States Air Force.
T-34 Mentor and SNJ-4 - Fagen Fighters WWII Museum, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell Jim Lovell and Frank Borman are best known as Apollo Astronauts but they flew real airplanes before they entered Space Travel. Following on the heels of a Fright night program at Theatre in the Woods, the Warbirds in Review audience will have the opportunity to be up close and personal. You may even see a couple more Apollo Astronauts in the audience. The SNJ-4, representing the aircraft they flew in training is own by Fagen Fighters World War II Museum. The featured T-34 is owned and flown by Frank Borman.
P-63 Kingcobra and T-38 Talon - Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, NASA, Joe Engle and Glenn Bugos This Bell P-63 owned by the Dixie Wing of the CAF, was operated by NACA (Predecessor of NASA.) Having the NASA T-38 as part of this program completes the circle to tell the history of NASA. Retired General Joe Engle was associated with NASA from the X-15 to Apollo through the shuttle and is perfect to share the history. He is the only person to have flown two different types of winged vehicles in space, the X-15 and the Space Shuttle. He is the only astronaut to have manually flown the Shuttle through reentry and landing.