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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Friday, June 19, 2020

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019: Warbirds - Transports

The Aero Experience continues our coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, sponsored by Elite Aviation, with this look at warbird transports. The iconic Beech 18 family is represented here by an RC-45J photo reconnaissance model based in Michigan. This aircraft was used in survey work in post-war years after serving stateside in trainer and coastal roles during World War II. Also included here is the Shorts Sherpa transport currently used by the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, to support firefighting operations. The Sherpa dates back to the 1980s, and has recently been fitted with updated cockpit displays and other upgrades. It is not generally called a "warbird," though it is often seen in the Warbirds Area and also on display in Boeing Plaza.

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