- Huffstutler’s FM-2 Wildcat
- EAA AirVenture 2013 Awards
- Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber
- The Tuskegee Trainer
- Curtis Hawk
- Aermacchi MB-326 1-RVEG
- Thunder Over Michigan
Many new fighter restorations come out of shops that can boast crews with decades of experience for customers with extremely “deep pockets.” At just 25 years old Conrad Huffstutler is younger than some restorers have been working in the industry, and yet he and his small team at Wild Warbirds of Uvalde, Texas, produced the most historically accurate FM2 Wildcat flying today. This is the story of how they transformed a basket case into an award winning warbird.
Estrella Warbirds Museum of Paso Robles, California, operates a C-47 that seems to have remained relatively unchanged since flying combat missions during World War II. When 26 “Gooney Birds” descended on EAA’s AirVenture in 2011, Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber was voted by judges to be the most original C-47.
In 2008 the CAF National Capital Squadron decided to refinish their BT-13 in the markings of Tuskegee Army Air Field in order to honor the Tuskegee Airmen; however, they could not find documentation of what those aircraft looked like. In 2010 World War II veteran and original Tuskegee pilot Colonel “Mac” McGee provided the missing information. This is the story of Mac, the National Capital Squadron’s BT-13, and a special reunion flight.
Warbird Historian Frank Mormillo shares some history of the development of the iconic Curtiss fighter and reviews some of the restored examples flying today.
Pilot/owner Renzo Catellani took to the skies in his restored Aermacchi MB-326, one of the most successful advanced trainers of its era. The Phoenix Flying Museum returned the “Macchino” to flying status after an extensive six year restoration.
While other large metropolitan air shows decided to cancel their 2013 events due to the absence of military support, the team at Thunder Over Michigan buckled down and persevered, resulting in another fantastic show. Air show director Kevin Walsh shares insight about what makes a successful show.