On July 27, 2006, the Polish Navy announced that they have identified a sunken vessal as the remains of the Graf Zeppelin, Nazi Germany’s one and only aircraft Carrier. The wreck was discovered by a Polish oil company in early July and investigated by the Polish Navy. The Graf Zeppelin was plagued with problems and never went into service. However, several aircraft types were developed into navailaized versions including the Ju 87C which was equipped with folding wings.
Need to get your warbird fix? Here are some locations you can see them up-close-and-personal this coming weekend. See them in the air! See them on the ground! See yourself in the air in one! It’s summertime and airshow season is in full swing!
This weekly installment will come out on Thursday of every week. Have an event to list? Email us and we’ll get it posted!
Well the week is half over, but EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh contunues! There have been some reports of lower warbird attendance than past years and some question whether high fuel prices are to blame. In any case, Oshkosh is still a great show with lots to see and some great aircraft like the Avro Lancaster, P-38 Lightning, and the new-build P-51A are already on the ground. What would you expect from the worlds largest airshow and fly-in?
Here are some links to the sights and stories at AirVenture for those of you (like me) that can’t be there in person!
EAA AirVenture Coverage continues today and throughout the week here on Warbirds-Online with the latest news from Oshkosh relating to warbirds. There’s lots going on this week and we are just getting started I am sure! As always, if you have an insider report, please email us! Click on “show me more” to see the full report of links!
EAA AirVenture 2006, affectionately known as “Oshkosh” to most of us, is going on this week and there is a lot of buzz going on about warbirds as always. We will post a daily update of news and events going on at AirVenture as it relates to warbirds and encourage any “on site” reporters to give us an insiders view! Click on “show me more” to see the full report of links!
It has been a very tragic week for the jet warbird community. After the crash of Hunter J-4061 and the loss of pilot Bob Guilford last week, another terrible piece of news came to us today. The very sad news arrived at our desk when it was confirmed that F-86 Sabre #RCAF 23367 owned and operated by Flying Fossils of Hickory, NC crashed on takeoff from the Hickory Regional Airport in Hickory, NC early this afternoon. Wyatt Fuller, the pilot and well-known airshow performer, was killed in the crash.
The crash happened only yards away from the end of the runway, and firefighters were quickly on the scene, but the post-crash fire had already consumed a large portion of the aircraft. Investigators are currently at the location and are looking into the cause of the crash.
A recent article by the Elmira/Corning Star-Gazette further reinforces this change. The Wings of Eagles Discovery Center is attempting to fill an education gap in Chemung County. The museum/center will partner with local schools and colleges to establish camps and out-of-school programs to bring aviation and high-tech to the youth of the area. The museum will still act as a tourism focus, but in that role alone, it remains underutilized. The addition of education programs would hopefully increase the utiliation of the facility and build a future for the oft fragile museum.
Speaking about the reason for the change, County Executive Tom Santulli said, “There’s a lot of history in that building of flight. But static displays and World War II veterans that used to be the backbone of that museum are going away… There is no future in my opinion. There’s a future but it’s not a growing future. I think the best move they have made so far is when they decided to become an educational institution.”
The Yakima Herald-Republic is reporting a story today about the possible recovery of P-51 parts from the grease pit of the Naches Valley School bus garage. An anonymous individual from Western Washington is willing to pay $10,000 for a wing that is supposedly buried there. The wing evidently comes from a P-51 that was purchased by the school district for $217 in 1946 on war surplus and was used for years afterward as a training aid for the high school mechanics program.