Last week, I was supposed to only be at Oshkosh for Monday and Tuesday. I ended up staying until Sunday morning, shooting photos on the flight line for up to fifteen hours each day. I was simply amazed at the diversity of aircraft coming and going in the morning, long before the official air show began. Seriously, if you love aviation, get to Oshkosh sometime in your life if you’ve never been. It is the holy grail of warbird events.
Here are some of my favorite moments from the week:
Panchito, a B-25 belonging to the Delaware Aviation Museum, makes a pass over the field.
A MiG-17 going for altitude
Seriously, one look at a B-2 and I start to believe all the Roswell myths.
The hunters warming up. Two beautiful F-86 Sabres ready to launch.
An F4U Corsair with a Bearcat on its wing, return to Oshkosh in the rain.
The venerable C-47 Skytrain.
A B-52 makes a low altitude run over Oshkosh.
At the break: A P-51 and an F-35 Lightning II during the final pass of the Heritage Flight.
The show-stopper for me was this Douglas A-20 Havoc, the world’s only flyable one. I never got to see it fly, but it stole my heart because it represents the 5th Air Force’s 312th Bomb Group and because Pappy Gunn modified the 3rd Attack Group’s A-20s before he tore into the B-25 in the spring and summer of 1942. Hence…this next image: