Doolittle Raiders Honored With B-25, B-1 Flybys In Dayton 75 Years After Famous Mission

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B-25 Mitchells - Doolittle Raid 75th Anniversary - Dayton, OH

Eleven B-25 Mitchells roared over the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH on Tuesday in an incredible tribute to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. The flyover came 75 years to the day after the 16 B-25s and 80 airmen took off from the USS Hornet to bomb Japan. Although it inflicted little damage, the psychological effects of the raid forced a change in Japanese strategy that altered the course of the war.

B-25 Mitchells - Doolittle Raid 75th Anniversary - Dayton, OHB-25 Mitchells - Doolittle Raid 75th Anniversary - Dayton, OH

The rare warbirds are all privately owned and operated, and had gathered in nearby Urbana, OH before landing at the museum for public display. They performed a mass formation and missing man flyovers during a memorial service for the Raiders this afternoon. The only surviving member of the Raiders, Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, was in attendance.

Doolittle Raid MemorialB-1B Lancer - Doolittle Raid 75th Anniversary - Dayton, OH

Later in the ceremony, two B-1B Lancer bombers also performed a flyover. Both aircraft are from squadrons that participated in the original raid in 1942, and one of them was recently rechristened “Ruptured Duck” in tribute to one of the raid aircraft.

The NMUSAF has hosted several of the annual Doolittle Raider reunions in the past, including in 2010 and 2012.

Thank you to forum user DanODell for the photos! For more photos and videos from the event, be sure to check out the Doolittle Raider 75th Anniversary thread on our forums!

2016 EAA AirVenture Daily Airshow Schedules Announced

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Warbirds at EAA Airventure 2015

AirVenture is nearly here again, and another interesting show is planned once more! The annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh gathering will be commemorating the coming 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, and hosting the Canadian Forces Snowbirds among other exciting events. Today the EAA released the anticipated schedule for the week’s aerial performances with some very interesting participants.

Notable highlights include:

  • Monday’s Seaplane Base Showcase will feature the Coulson Flying Tankers’ visiting Martin Mars water bomber while that evening will see a few World War I aircraft flying.
  • Tuesday will feature further aerobatic performances and conclude with the USAF Heritage Flight featuring a Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon and Vlado Lenoch’s North American P-51D Mustang “Baby Duck.”
  • Wednesday afternoon the CAF Snowbirds will arrive, making their AirVenture debut, and that evening’s show will be dedicated to the Pearl Harbor commemoration featuring “The Pearl” Interstate Cadet, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and a mysterious “Final Countdown Pass”.
  • Thursday, the show will feature a presentation honoring the US Coast Guard’s aviation centennial early on and the US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet demo at the end.
  • Friday will open with a USAF Lockheed U-2 flyover, a special demo by the Martin Mars, and finishing with the USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon demo/heritage flight and the first Snowbirds performance.
  • Saturday will be dedicated to the Boeing Company centennial featuring a Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-8F, as well as the repeat of the Viper and Snowbirds demos. Saturday evening will begin with the Super Hornet demo followed by another Martin Mars performance.
  • Sunday will feature a US Customs and Border Patrol Demo, the Super Hornet, Viper, and Snowbirds.
  • USAF Heritage Flight - F-16 Fighting Falcon and P-51 MustangUS Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet Demonstration - Vapor Cone

    The complete schedule is as follows:

    Monday, July 25, 2016 – Opening Day

    Day: National Anthem/Paul McCowen, Paul Poberezny Tribute, Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team, Matt Chapman (Extra 330LX), Warbird Arrival (Warbirds of America), Bill Stein (Edge 540), Vintage Review, Kent Pietsch (Interstate Cadet), Seaplane Base Showcase followed by Coulson Flying Tankers (Martin Mars), Jerry Kerby (RV-8A), Gene Soucy (Grumman Showcat), David Martin (Bucker Jungmeister), Hartzell Jump/Paul McCowan, Kevin Coleman (Extra 300SC), Luca Bertossio (Swift S-1 Glider), Class of ’45 – Jim Tobul & Scott Yoak (Corsair and P-51 Mustang), Greg Shelton and Ashley Key (450 Super Stearman), Kyle Franklin (Dracula Demon-1), IAC “Grassroots to Top of the World” – The Shetterlys and Rob Holland (Two RV-8s and Edge 540), Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), GoPro Bomb Squad

    Evening: World War I aircraft flying and giant scale RC airplanes (across from Vintage airplane parking at south end of flightline)

    Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Innovations Day

    Day: National Anthem/Paul McCowen, Warbirds of America Showcase, Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III), Various Electric Airplanes, GoPro Bomb Squad, Debby Rihn Harvey, Homebuilts Review, Greg Shelton & Ashley Key (450 Super Stearman), Jeff Boerboon (John Klatt Airshows – Screamin’ Sasquatch), Bill Barber Award Winners: Matt Younkin (Twin Beech 18), Skip Stewart (Pitts S2S Biplane, Prometheus), Greg Koontz (Xtreme Decathlon), Bob Carlton (Sub Sonex JSX-2) and the 2016 Bill Barber Award Winner, USAF Heritage Flight (F-16 and Vlado Lenoch P-51 Mustang)

    Evening: Valdez STOL Demonstration (Ultralight area)

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary, WomenVenture

    Morning: World War I aircraft flying and giant scale RC airplanes (across from Vintage airplane parking at south end of flightline)

    Day: National Anthem/Paul McCowen, Warbirds of America Showcase, Interstate Cadet 75th Anniversary Celebration, Kent Pietsch (Interstate Cadet), Vicky Benzing (Stearman), Patty Wagstaff (Extra 300LX), Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes (Grumman Showcat), Canadian Snowbirds Arrival, Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team, Coulson Flying Tankers (Martin Mars), Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540), Geico Skytypers, Jim Peitz (Beechcraft Bonanza), Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC), Texas Flying Legends, USAF Heritage Flight (F-16 and Vlado Lenoch P-51 Mustang), GoPro Bomb Squad

    Evening: The Pearl Interstate Cadet, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Final Countdown Pass, ParaMotors (Powered Paragliders), Luca Bertossio (Swift S-1 Glider), Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), Randy Ball (Mig 17), Team Redline, GoPro Bomb Squad, Bob Carlton (Sub Sonex JSX-2), Matt Younkin (Twin Beech 18), Gene Soucy (Firecat), Fireworks and Wall of Fire sponsored by Cirrus Aircraft

    Thursday, July 28, 2016 – U.S. Coast Guard 100th Anniversary, Young Eagles Day, RV-6 30th Anniversary

    Morning: Valdez STOL Demonstration (Ultralight area)

    Day: 2 millionth Young Eagle, National Anthem, Warbirds of America Showcase, USCG Aviation 100th Anniversary Celebration, Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III), Sammy Mason (Pitts S-1S), Jim Peitz (Beechcraft Bonanza), Bill Stein (Edge 540), Van’s RV 30th 30th Anniversary Celebration, Jerry Kerby (RV-8A), West Coast Ravens (Various RVs), Team Redline, IAC “Grassroots to Top of the World” – The Shetterlys and Rob Holland (Two RV-8s and Edge 540), Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540), Geico Skytypers, Skip Stewart (TinStix), Texas Flying Legends, United States Navy Super Hornet Demo Team

    Evening: World War I aircraft flying and giant scale RC airplanes (across from Vintage airplane parking at south end of flightline)

    Friday July 29, 2016 –Salute to Veterans Day, Desert Storm 25th Anniversary

    Day: National Anthem/U-2 Flyover, Warbirds of America Showcase, Matt Chapman (Extra 330LX), Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), Jeff Boerboon (John Klatt Airshows – Screamin’ Sasquatch), Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540), David Martin (Bucker Jungmeister), Philipp Steinbach (GameBird 1), Coulson Flying Tankers (Martin Mars), Kyle Franklin (Dracula Demon-1), Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC), United States Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team, USAF Heritage Flight (F-16 and Vlado Lenoch P-51 Mustang), Canadian Snowbirds

    Evening: Valdez STOL Demonstration (Ultralight area)

    Saturday July 30, 2016 – Boeing Aircraft’s 100th Anniversary, Salute to World War I Aviation

    Morning: World War I aircraft flying and giant scale RC airplanes (across from Vintage airplane parking at south end of flightline)

    Day: National Anthem/Warbirds of America Showcase, Geico Skytypers, Vicky Benzing (Stearman), Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC), Tora! Tora! Tora!, Jim Peitz (Beechcraft Bonanza), Luca Bertossio (Swift S-1 Glider), Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III), Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-8F, United States Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team, USAF Heritage Flight (F-16 and Vlado Lenoch P-51 Mustang), Canadian Snowbirds

    Evening: United States Navy Super Hornet Demo Team, Coulson Flying Tankers (Martin Mars), ParaMotors (Powered Paragliders), Team Aerostar, Luca Bertossio (Swift S-1 Glider), Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Bob Carlton (Sub Sonex JSX-2), Team Redline, Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Steve Oliver (FireDancer), Gene Soucy (Firecat), Fireworks and Wall of Fire

    Sunday July 31, 2016 – Fox Valley Day/Closing Day

    National Anthem/Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Departure Show (Various Aircraft), Debby Rihn-Harvey (Cap 232), US Customs and Border Patrol Demo, Greg Shelton and Ashley Key (450 Super Stearman), Matt Chapman (Extra 330LX), United States Navy Super Hornet Demo Team, Team Redline, Sammy Mason (Pitts S-1S), Jeff Boerboon (John Klatt Airshows – Screamin’ Sasquatch), Luca Bertossio (Swift S-1 Glider), Bill Stein (Edge 540), Team Aerostar, Patty Wagstaff (Extra 300LX), Scott Yoak Bob Hoover Tribute (P-51 Qucksilver), Patriot Parachute Demo Team, United States Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team, USAF Heritage Flight (F-16 and Vlado Lenoch P-51 Mustang), Canadian Snowbirds.

    Getting excited? Quench your AirVenture craving with our videos from last year’s show: