EAA’s annual convention – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, 2013

In case you missed it, here are the events presented by the Texas Flying Legends:

For more information, visit the EAA Airventure website.

Monday, 7/29/2013 – 10 – 11 AM – Warbirds In Review
C-53 & D-Day Invasion with the Warbirds Living History Group

The Warbirds Living History Group joins the Texas Flying Legends Museum for a D-Day re-enactment. Members will paint invasion stripes and nose art on the TFLM’s C-53 (transport version of the DC-3/C-47) Monday starting at 10 a.m., re-enacting D-Day invasion preparations of June 1944. Nose art from the C-53 Duchess of Dakota will be painted on while the re-enactors paint the stripes. During World War II, Murray Lawler named his aircraft in honor of his wife Margaret. We will welcome Margaret Lawler to Oshkosh with “her” aircraft.


Tuesday, 7/30/2013 – 10 – 11 AM – Warbirds In Review
Corsair, TBM & L-5 with three Marine pilot veterans

Along with the three U.S. Navy aircraft, three distinguished Marine pilot veterans will also be featured: Merton Hansen – Training with the artillery units of the 5th Marine Division, Hansen flew at Iwo Jima and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Clarence “Clancy” Hess – As a Marine pilot, Hess flew in the Pacific in WWII and Korea. Joe McPhail – Col. McPhail is credited with 240 combat missions and two air-to-air victories. He flew the F4F-4 Wildcat with Marine Fighter Squadron VMF 441 in the Central Pacific Theater, later instructing in the F4U Corsair then to VMF-323, the “Death Rattlers.” At the outbreak of the Korean Conflict, McPhail was assigned to VMFA-214 “Blacksheep” Squadron.

Wednesday, 7/31/2013 – 10 – 11 AM – Warbirds In Review
P-40, B-25 & A6M2-Model 21 Zero

The morning session brings the Texas Flying Legends Museum’s P-40, B-25, and A6M2-Model 21 Zero to center stage, along with veterans David Born and Vic Tatelman. They will be joined by Ron Werneth, author of the book Beyond Pearl Harbor. Born flew the T-6, P-47, P-40, and P-51 with the 479th Fighter Group in Europe. Also a photographer, Born is credited with more than 83 pictures published in the book The 479th Fighter Group in WWII. Tatelman flew B-25s with the 345th Bomber Group in the Southwest Pacific and later flew the F-86 Sabre after being recalled to active duty for the Korean War.

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