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.
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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