Oshkosh AirVenture 2017 Day 1

By Willie Bodenstein & Juri Keyter




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Although we have attended AirVenture at Oshkosh since 2009, it still doesn't fail to impress. As usual, the air show today started with the national anthem and in perfect timing, a USAF B1B Bomber thundered overhear to the delight of the spectators. The B1 gave two more passes before two F-35s and two A10s were ushered in by P-51 mustangs.





As we recovered from the noisy jets, various warbird formations arrived from all directions. The Warbirds of America show lasted at least 30 minutes with smoke filling the air and radial engine vibrations trembling in our bones.








Matt Chapman in his Extra 330LX, David Martin in his Bücker Jungmeister, Jerry Kerby in his RV-8 called Wild Blue, Kyle Franklin flying the “rogue” Piper Cub, Bill Stein in his Edge 540, John Klatt flying the Screamin' Sasquatch kept up the pace during the second half of the show.









Greg Shelton and Ashley Key performed some wing walking in their 450 Super Stearman. The Sub Sonex was also back with Bob Carlton, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team in their T-6 Texans and Rob Holland in his Edge 540RH.













The afternoon air show ended with a tribute to the famous Bob Hoover. A four-ship formation consisting of Bob Hoover's favourite aircraft: the P-51 Mustang, the T-28 Trojan, the F-86 Sabre and the Shrike Commander flew a few passes before ending with the “Missing Man Formation”.





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