July 22-28, 2019
AirCorps Aviation, a leading restorer of world-class WWII aircraft & aerospace fabrication, looks forward to showcasing its overall capabilities and latest offerings at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019.Visit our WWII themed Quonset at AirVenture 2019! See examples of parts and ask experts questions about our capabilities.
Warbird Alley near the Redbird Simulator
P-51C Lope’s Hope 3rd will make its AirVenture debut this year and will be featured on Warbird Alley across from the Warbirds in Review quonset. Lope’s Hope 3rd, a P-51C mustang is immaculately restored to honor Don Lopez Sr. Lopez WWII ace and chief historical architect of the National Air and Space Museum.
Hosted by the EAA Warbirds of America, these sessions delve into an aircraft’s restoration, operation, and other aspects of owning a valued piece of history, while also spotlighting veterans by sharing realistic stories about the experience of flying the aircraft in combat or supporting the operation as a ground crew member.
Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 10am
LOCATION: Warbird Alley near the Redbird Simulator
75th Squadron of the 23rd Fighter Group, 14th Air Force
GRAND CHAMPION | GOLDEN WRENCH – EAA AIRVENTURE 2018
Bruce Eames, Owner P-51C Lope’s Hope 3rd/ Dakota Territory Air Museum
Christopher Browne, Deputy Director National Air and Space Museum
Warren Pietsch, Pilot / Dakota Territory Air Museum
Moderated by David Hartman – Former host of Good Morning America
The Invasion Stripes, alternating black and white bands, were painted on the fuselages and wings of aircraft just prior to the D-Day Invasion to help further identify the Allied aircraft and reduce friendly fire. The order went out just a few days before the operation, so crews used mops, brooms and any other form of paint brush available. In many cases they painted by eye and the results were not as neat as many restored warbirds show today.
Jay’s motto is, “If I don’t have it, I’ll help you find it.” Many aircraft, shops, and artifacts wouldn’t exist today if it weren’t for Jay Wisler.
When: Wednesday July 24th at 6pm
Where: Warbirds in Review Amphitheater
Who: Close friends and coworkers of Jay
Initiated by: Pat Harker – C & P Aviation & organized by AirCorps Aviation
Supported by:Fagen Fighters, Roush Aviation, American Aero Services
This event was conceptualized by Pat Harker and organized by AirCorps Aviation who wanted to thank Jay for the opportunity to digitize his incredible collection of manuals to ensure the entire warbird industry doesn’t lose this tremendous resource. Please join us and thank Jay for his years of dedication and service to warbirds.
Jay Wisler, of Tampa, Florida, started selling World War II warbird parts in 1982 to supplement his paycheck from Anheuser-Busch. When the company closed its Tampa brewery in 1995, Jay became a full-time parts dealer, traveling throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, South America, and Europe to buy inventories of aircraft parts for his business, Warbird Parts and Memorabilia. Jay was recently inducted into the EAA Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Sharon, have been married for 41 years, and they have a daughter.
The AirCorps Aviation booth will be staffed with knowledgable team members that are more than happy to answer any question you have, but if you have a specific question regarding the capabilities of a service we offer look for one of these guys to help!
Erik: AirCorps Aviation | Eric: AirCorps Aviation | Ester & Nic: AirCorps Library
Members of the media are welcome to contact us for more information.
Contact: Eric Trueblood – firstname.lastname@example.org