The Curtiss C-46 Commando was used as a military transport during World War II by the United States Army Air Forces and also the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps, which used the designation R5C. The C-46 served a similar role to its counterpart, the Douglas C-47 Skytrain, but was not as extensively produced. At the time of its production, the C-46 was the largest twin-engine aircraft in the world, and was the largest and heaviest twin-engine aircraft to see service in World War II.
The “Korean War Hero” F4U4 Corsair has a legendary history. She served two tours on two different carriers. She has the distinction of flying over 200 combat missions.
In 1951 she was aboard the USS Boxer (CV21), VF884 Naval Reserve Squadron from Olathe, Kansas. This squadron was known as the “Bitter Birds” using the Kansas Jayhawk on their jacket patch.
Watch for the “Class of 45” as Jim Tobul and Scott “Scooter” Yoak team up in the skies with Corsair and P-51!
Get up close or right into the cockpit of this aircraft that lead the second wave of the invasion of D-Day and completed her Return to Normandy mission in France. The C-47 Dakota also served with the 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean Theater, the 9th Air Force in England, and transported paratroopers for the 82nd Airborne Division — withstanding flak throughout all her missions.
Quick Silver was the dream of a Father and son team, Bill and Scooter Yoak. Quick Silver was built from over 200 different Mustang parts and projects. It now stands as a tribute to our veterans.
Bill Yoak, an individual with a love and passion for this type of aircraft did all the metal work. The re-manufactured parts are handmade. Unlike the hurried war effort parts, these are made with the skill and care of a master craftsman, and obtain the utmost attention to detail necessary to restore this Mustang to a condition better than factory new in 1945.
Warrior Flight Team is a 501(c)(3) charity comprised of a team of individuals and assets assembled to bring rewarding career opportunities to those who have served their country and sacrificed tremendously in the process, yet still strive to give even more of themselves. Sgt. Neal Duncan put it best when he said, “I can provide the will and strength but there has to be opportunity.” Warrior Flight Team aims to be the provider of that opportunity, allowing Sgt. Duncan and his fellow veterans to return to a productive work life and solid economic citizenship.
The Flabob Express was one of four Dakotas of 24 squadron assigned to a single mission at Hendon was VIP transport. It follows that there is every possibility that FD879 flew members of the Royal Family as well as Winston Churchill. Previous owners of the “Flabob Express” claim they have seen the original RAF documents showing flights with Sir Winston Churchill and Princess Margaret as passengers in FD879.
John “Skipper” Hyle is the owner and operator of this 1952 North American Harvard Mk. IV “J’s Bird” which is available for airshows, flybys, formation and films. The North American Harvard (NA-26) appeared in late 1937, in response to a US Army Air Corps proposal for an advanced trainer. It immediately attracted orders from the USAAC, RAF, RCAF and other air forces. The first of 50 Harvard Mk. Is ordered by the Canadian Government were delivered to the RCAF at Sea Island, Vancouver in July 1939. By early 1940, the Mk II was on the assembly line in California with an all metal fuselage replacing the original tube and fabric structure. 1200 Mk. IIs were supplied from US sources until Canadian-built.
Starts Wednesday July 12 at 8 am!
Fly or drive all 5 stops, in any order, either all in one day or a few each day!
Draw cards at each stop. Draw cards will be available at Geneseo (D52) on Friday July 14 for stops skipped.
We will all meet on Friday at the Greatest Show on Turf!
See more details on our flyer!
Would you like to spend the weekend with us? We have a limited number of dorm rooms available on a first come first serve basis and those that register early will receive accommodations in the college dorms and dinner tickets for both nights. When registering your airplane, please note if you would like to reserve a dorm. Don’t delay! Click here to register your airplane.
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2017 Hangar Dance with Swing Dynasty
Swing back in time to the “Greatest Generation That Ever Lived” during the Hangar Dance at the Airshow. Whether you dance the night away or just sit back and enjoy the music, Swing Dynasty will transport you to the golden age of swing with tunes by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and many more! You won’t want to miss your chance to take pictures among the historic airplanes both in and outside the hangar, so come dressed in your favorite vintage clothing. If you don’t know how to swing dance, have always wanted to try, or simply need a refresher, come at 7 PM for a free tutorial.
Refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the evening!
7:00 PM Swing Dance Tutorial
7:30 – 10:30 PM “Swing Back In Time” Hangar Dance with Swing Dynasty featuring guest soloist Clay Jenkins (trumpet)
Start your airshow weekend off right with a delicious chicken barbecue dinner. Eat with the aircrews in the tent, or take your order to go. Either way, we are sure you enjoy!
Join us in the crew tent for a delicious steak roast! 5:30pm on Saturday night.
Travel back in time for the weekend and interact with our reenactment troops setting-up camp, participating in drills throughout the day, marching in full uniform, exploring the WWII vehicles, and eating with mess kits.
Bring the kids to meet a real live hero! This veteran is believed to be the last surviving paratrooper who jumped from the W7 on D-Day and he’ll be reuniting with the nostalgic W7, sharing his stories, and signing autographs.
After a four year tour, she is finally back in Geneseo, NY! Following her journey back to the National Warplane Museum, restoration and maintenance routines are underway to bring her to full operating condition for the 2016 flying season.
Movie Memphis Belle was the star of the 1990 Hollywood film, “The Memphis Belle” featuring an all-star cast including Matthew Modine, Tate Donovan, Harry Connick, Jr. and John Lithgow. The film was a fictionalized story of the 25th and last mission of the Memphis Belle during World War II while based in England.
Stop by the hangar and pay her a visit! Take a tour and wish her well!
As a WW II primary trainer, this Stearman was built in 1943 by the Boeing Aircraft Company, Stearman Division, Wichita, Kansas, one of almost 10,000 delivered to the military during the war.
Equipped with a reliable 220-hp Continental radial engine, the Stearman was the first airplane that the WW II naval aviation cadets flew in their training regime along the 10-12 month road to winning their pilots’ wings of gold.
The Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog was a liaison and observation aircraft. It was the first all-metal fixed-wing aircraft ordered for and by the United States Army since the US Army Air Forces separated from the Army in 1947, becoming its own branch of service, the United States Air Force. The Bird Dog had a lengthy career in the US Military, as well as in other countries
This aircraft is a 1940 DH82C DeHavilland Tiger Moth SN 480 biplane, used for training through the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. It is now in civilian colors of grey and maroon. It is one of the older aircraft of its type (DH82c) registered in Canada and carries the registration mark of CF-DHA.
Built in 1940 for Royal Australian Air Force – A17-245 Demobilized and Sold in 1955 to Madras Flying Club, India Imported in 1972 to Canada Destroyed in 1980 in crash at Goderich, Ontario Wreckage acquired in 1998 by Robert Murphy, Toronto Restored in 2008 to flying condition.
The 1940 Fairchild 24, N25327 flies in the colors of Civil Air Patrol Coastal Patrol Base 2, Rehoboth, Delaware. It has an inverted, in-line, six cylinder Ranger engine of 200HP. Cruising speed is 105mph with a range of 600 miles and endurance of six hours.
During WWII, aircraft such as these were equipped with 100 pound bombs and searched for German U-boats off the East and Gulf Coasts of the U.S. During the 18 months of Coastal Patrol (CP) operations, 173 subs were spotted and reported, 57 attacked, and two unconfirmed sinkings. Over 365 sailors from torpedoed ships were spotted and rescued, but 90 aircraft were lost from the 21 CP bases and 26 crewmen lost their lives. In all, 65 CAP members lost their lives serving their country during WWII in various CAP operations.
Two place sport and aerobatic trainer. Very popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
The Nanchang Cj6a is of Chinese design. It is often mistaken for a Yak 18A. 3,000 were produced and many Soviet Bloc countries used it as a primary trainer. The Nanchang is a popular hobby airplane.
The Piper Lr4 is the military version of the J3 Piper Cub. Considered the “everything” airplane, it was one of the most common of the civil aviation trainers. The Piper is easy to fly and maintain.
Also referred to as an Aero Commander this is a four place utility aircraft. Not a warbird but our personal favorite camera plane and workhouse.
The Vultee BT-13 Valiant was an American World War II era basic trainer aircraft built by Vultee Aircraft for the United States Army Air Corps and later US Army Air Forces. A subsequent variant of the BT-13 in USAAC/USAAF service was known as the BT-15 Valiant, while an identical version for the US Navy was known as the SNV and was used to train naval aviators for the US Navy and its sister services, the US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard.
The Soviet primary trainer was first flown in 1976. A fully aerobatic aircraft, it is a most desired entry level warbird.
Kids' Base Camp
Bring the kids to join in the fun helping The Rochester Lego User Group add to their fantastic airport display. Kids can also build their own WWII Lego aircraft to take home.
This unique group comprises Lego enthusiasts of all ages whose mission is to connect kids and adults to the amazing world of Lego by offering regular community events, kid play groups, and free digital content from their social network sites.
Many of our veterans first tested their skills on climbing walls. Now the kids can join the action with our safety-first kids’ challenge-climbing wall.
The thrills and flights will have your kids’ engines roaring with excitement. Blow off some steam in the bounce house.