Warbird enthusiasts take note: prepare your calendars

Gathering of Warbirds Reunion: The Gathering of Warbirds Reunion takes place on May 21st at Madera Municipal Airport in California. The event is a fly-in and drive-in that educates attendees about “what it took to win World War II,” said event organizer Arnie Schweer. The event will feature a variety of unique warbirds, including a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and several North American P-51 Mustangs. Schweer also said that “the event will be combined with a classic car show so people can not only watch warbirds take off and land, but also see over 80 classic cars. For $ 10, that can’t be beat.”

Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow: Every June, the Fagen Fighters World War II Museum hosts an impressive warbird-only air show and a warbird fly-in event for the public and aviation at Granite Falls Municipal Airport / Lenzen-Roe-Fagen Memorial Field in Minnesota. The museum has a unique collection of flying warbirds, including two North American P-51 Mustangs, a Lockheed P-38 Lightning, a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, and even a Curtiss JN-4 Jenny. This year’s airshow will take place on June 18th with a rainy date of June 19th. Locals can enjoy the exercise show on June 17th, according to Evan Fagen.

Thunder over Michigan: the The Thunder Over Michigan Airshow will be held in Detroit, Michigan on July 16-17. The drive-up airshow will feature dozens of iconic warbirds and even screenings by the US Navy Blue Angels. If you’d like to experience the story for yourself, consider purchasing a flying experience aboard the Yankee Air Museum’s Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress or the Bell UH-1H Huey during the event.

Wings of the North AirExpo: The Wings of the North AirExpo will take place on July 23rd and 24th at the Flying Cloud Airport in Minneapolis. The event, which happens to be the weekend before the EAA AirVenture, is the perfect hangout for warbirds to stop before making their formation and group flights to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In recent years AirExpo has hosted British fighter jets like the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane and even large American bombers like the North American B-25 Mitchell and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. The event’s daily airshow, pilot meetings and greetings, seminars, U.S. Air Force demonstrations, and a food court make the event a family-friendly event showcasing past and present foreign and U.S. air forces.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh: Perhaps the largest and most famous Warbird event takes place every year in the last full week of July at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Dubbed “The World’s Greatest Aviation Festival” by the Experimental Aircraft Association, the event is the perfect opportunity to see, hear, and even smell history. Whether you want to get up close and personal with an elusive Hawker Sea Fury or a more common Cessna L-19 Bird Dog, hundreds of different warbirds can be spotted in the sky and around the AirVenture grounds each summer.

Cascades Air Show: The Airshow of the Cascades takes place August 26th and 27th at Madras Municipal Airport in Madras, Oregon. The event includes warbird and general aviation activities, including tours of the Erickson Aircraft Collection, which is home to a variety of flying and static warbirds, including a Messerschmitt ME-109, a Martin AM-1 Mauler, and a Grumman F8F Bearcat. Other activities include aerobatic demonstrations, live music, and a car show.

Warbird summary: The twentieth annual Warbird Roundup takes place on August 27th and 28th at the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, Idaho. The two-day event features flybys, food vendors, US Air Force demonstrations, a guest speaker, and “Warbirds from all over flying.” in, “stated Heather Moore of the Warhawk Air Museum. Visitors are encouraged to visit the Museum Facebook page to stay up to date on event schedules.

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