The EAA AirVenture 2015 airshow, held July 20-26 in Oshkosh, WI, was the place to be for aviation enthusiasts of all ages. The week-long gathering set many firsts for the annual event, bringing together approximately 550,000 people, wanting to experience the history and thrills that only aircraft can bring.
This year’s tag line, “Only in Oshkosh,” was true to form, with a diverse array of aircraft on display, ranging from personal aircraft to the debut of the F-35 Lightning II, the only airworthy B-29 “Fifi” and the first-ever landing of a B-52 at the show.
Of special interest was the arrival of the Military Aviation Museum’s KA114 Mosquito. Owned by Jerry Yagen, the very rare “Mossie” was dubbed the show’s Grand Champion World War II Warbird, along with Best Restoration. Avspecs, Ltd. of Aukland, New Zealand, was recognized with the Gold Wrench award in the same category for their work in restoring the Mosquito.
Originally manufactured in Canada in 1945 and constructed almost entirely of wood, restoration of the de Havilland DH-98 Mosquito took 60,000 man hours over eight years and cost several million dollars. When the Mosquito was finished, it was disassembled and sent to the United States by ship, not an easy task since the 56-foot wingspan is one piece.
KA114 is the hallmark of the Military Aviation Museum, located in Virginia Beach, VA, with more than 60 vintage aircraft in the collection. Almost all are airworthy and they are maintained by the expert technicians of the Museum’s maintenance facility, The Fighter Factory. You can learn more about the KA114 and the other aircraft by visiting the Museum’s web site at http://militaryaviationmuseum.org/.
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