Warbird lovers and history buffs united with their warbirds in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for EAA AirVenture 2014, and then Wiscasset, Maine for Wings Over Wiscasset and we can’t wait for next year!
The Texas Flying Legends Museum returned to EAA AirVenture for the famous week-long air show with two aircraft: The Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero “Last Samurai” and our FG-1D Corsair “Whistling Death.” The Texas Flying Legends Museum was proud to honor Paul Poberezny, the founder of EAA AirVenture. We were proud to be a part of the legacy he left.
Over 500,000+ people attended EAA AirVenture 2014, and the stories abound on facebook and the like. Check out this article, and the first aircraft in this slideshow is our very own FG-1D Corsair “Whistling Death!”
The second annual Wings Over Wiscasset event brought over 7,500 people to the Wiscasset Municipal Airport for the weekend (August 8,9 2014), according to Executive Producer Dennis St. Pierre via The Lincoln County News. In fact, The Wiscasset Newspaper let us know that last year’s Wings debut was on a Tuesday and drew a crowd of about 5,000 for that one-day-only airshow. St. Pierre is reported here to have said, “I feel very honored and proud to have worked with the many teams of people who made the event possible.”
The event raised more than $10,000. Half of the proceeds will fund next year’s Wings Over Wiscasset. The other half will be shared between five beneficiaries: Wiscasset Recreation and Parks Department, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post 54, Maine Aeronautics Association, and Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce.”
“Although day two of Wings Over Wiscasset was all about high-flying stunts, the day remained grounded, as well. Saturday, August 9 featured the war bird airshow featuring the Texas Flying Legends, but the afternoon didn’t start until the veterans in attendance were recognized. When it came time to honor the veterans, Bristol’s own Captain William Bradbury with the 1st of the 224th Aviation out of Bangor was on hand to present the awards. Bradbury said that while the years change, the morals never do; they are instead passed down from one generation of veterans to the next.” Read more by clicking on this link.
The Wiscasset Newspaper also tells us about the WWII camp that was set-up at Wiscasset Municipal Airport by Tulsa (Okla.) Living History Association and Northeast Living History Association. An ongoing show-and-tell for WOW event-goers brought everyone back to see and understand duties, clothing and equipment, some replica, but much of it real. Those items and the groups’ reenactments take history from being something read in a book, to being 3D, Jeremy Harmon said. He and other reenactors helped event-goers experience history closeup.
A Swingin’ party started the weekend on the right foot! “The Swing Dance capped an eventful first day of Wings over Wiscasset, albeit the only the thing taking flight were dance moves,” according to The Wiscasset Newspaper.
We’ll see you there next year!