2017 Event Review

Warbirds Over the Beach Airshow, May 20-21, 2017
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Admission: adults $30/day ($50/all three days) youth $15 ($25/all 3 days)
Parking: On-site, included in admission price.
Value: Excellent
Rating out of 10: 9
 
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Military Aviation Museum is great place to visit!
NOTE: This is just a summary from media day, as Saturday's event was cencelled due to rain, and we were not present for Sunday's event. A full vesrion of this article will be published in one of our upcoming magazine issues.
"Where else can you go to the top of a 75 year-old control tower and watch 75 year-old airplanes take off on a grass runway?" Mike Potter, Director of the Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach, Virginia
To mark the 75th anniversary of America's involvement in World War II, I headed to Virginia Beach, Virginia to attend the 2017 Warbirds Over the Beach air show at the Military Aviation Museum. For those of you who you who've had the opportunity to visit the Military Aviation Museum at their private Virginia Beach Airport, you know that it is a must-see for all aviation enthusiast. Founded and funded in 2005 by Gerald "Jerry" Yagen, the museum displays one of the world's largest private collections of historic military aircraft.

This air show is different than most others as the Museum's grounds are also transformed into a WWII park covered with military tents, weapons, vehicles, and memorabilia, and filled with WWII re-enactors, both friendlies and foes, playing very convincing rolls and providing us a glimpse of life in that scary, yet exciting time. The Museum currently has 70 aircraft with at least half of the planes airworthy at any given time. For this airshow, approximately 24 were scheduled to fly. Prepping for an airshow is a six month project - getting the planes ready and inspected.
We encourage everyone to visit the Military Aviation Museum (Open daily from 9am-5pm, except Thanksgiving and Christmas); attend one of their annual air show events; or at least check out their website (MilitaryAviationMuseum.org) to view great pictures of their war birds. We believe air shows are of great value - to the past, present and future!
Flying warbirds included:

Douglas AD-4 Skyraider
North American AT-6 /SNJ Texans
de Havilland DH-98 Mosquito
Chance Vought FG-1D Corsair
Curtiss C-46 Commando “The Tinker Belle”
Grumman FM-2 Wildcat
Focke-Wulf FW-44J Stieglitz
Hawker Hurricane
Junkers Ju52
Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk
North American P-51D Mustang “Double Trouble two”
North American P-51D Mustang “Red Nose”
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Douglas SBD Dauntless

Report and photography by Brian R Veprek for The Aviation Magazine

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