Film, Life, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2

An Online Event and Some Awesome Aerobatics

“Paratroopers of E Company, 506th Infantry Regiment in Austria, after the end of World War II, 1945” Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Link to license here.

“Band of Brothers” 20th Anniversary Symposium

While the phrase “band of brothers” was coined by Shakespeare in the stirring “St. Crispin’s Day” speech in his play Henry V, to those with an interest in the Second World War it’s more likely to bring to mind the title of an excellent HBO miniseries.

The series covers the service of “Easy Company” of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division, from training, through D-Day, and all the way to the end of the war in Europe. While it is a reenactment, before each episode there is a brief interview with the real men of Easy Company who share their memories of the events that viewers are about to see.

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the series, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans will be hosting special symposium next Saturday, August 13, 2022. There will be presentations by the cast, crew, and family members of the men of Easy Company.

While it looks like the in-person tickets are sold out, the symposium is going to be livestreamed, and you can sign up to attend virtually for free.

Here’s the link to the museum’s site with registration information.

I’m going to be busy this weekend, but if you check it out I’d love to hear what you think of the event!

Air Shows at the EAA

AeroShell Acrobatics Team

The Hiker memorial (my blog topic from last week) isn’t the only thing to see in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Every July, the moderately-sized city becomes one of the busiest (if not the busiest) airport in the world.

The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) was founded in 1953 by Paul H. Poberenzy of Milwaukee, WI. Originally, it was an organization for airplane enthusiasts—particularly those who maintained and even built their own aircraft. Now it’s grown to over 200,000 members worldwide and the headquarters in Oshkosh draws thousands of people to its annual “AirVenture” week.

We ended up in Oshkosh over this year’s AirVenture, and while we didn’t head in to the crowded airfields to check the event out up close (though we may need to save our pennies and do so in the future!) some locals told us where we could view the airshows from outside the fences.

The schedule for Friday, July 31 (the day we went), as published online:

The day’s schedule

While the Patriot Parachute Team (no photos, sorry) and the AeroShell Acrobatics Team were phenomenal…

…we primarily went because I wanted to see the “Warbirds.”

Now, these next photos are going to be some different planes lumped together because…well…I’m not capable of identifying specific aircraft from the ground. (I needed a “Plane Spotting” guide.)

However, I know that some of you might be able to name these on sight. (Or, at least using the schedule, which is why I shared it! :)) So, here are some more of the fantastic images my husband captured, and if any of you can ID the planes in them, please share in the comments!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

12 thoughts on “An Online Event and Some Awesome Aerobatics”

  1. We were returning from a visit to Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown (great history) with our grandkids yesterday when we passed Virginia’s Flying Circus airfield, which represents another whole phase of our flying history, the barnstorming phase. I think it would be fun to go to one of their shows as well. Thanks for taking us to yours, Anne.

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      1. While I miss the mountains, deserts and oceans of the West here in Virginia, Anne, I do love the history. It’s everywhere. The grandkids are 14 and 16, old enough to appreciate the history. 🙂

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      2. I can understand that, Curt. I love the big sky and green fields in WI, but…it is AWFULLY flat 🙂
        That’s the perfect age to explore history- and for them to remember these adventures!

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  2. My daughter took me to the EAA event many years ago. I loved seeing those old warbirds up close on the ground, then watching them as they raced across the sky. I stood right next to a twin engine bomber (B-24?) as they started up those huge radial motors. The sound vibrated my insides. It was magnificent.

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    1. Oooh, that sounds phenomenal! You’ve sold me- I want to attend for real 🙂
      Can you imagine the sound when the sky was full of those?!
      We didn’t get that close this time, but saw a couple WWII era planes up close when “Wings of Freedom” did a fly in near our home in WA and my son got to help spin the propellers on one of the WWII era bombers (I forget which) in preperation for take-off. He still talks about that.

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