Vintage planes fill runways at first county airport show

by Verla Peichl
Review Correspondent

The Sheboygan County airport was recently humming. The tarmac was humming with vintage planes and skilled pilots showing off their vintage planes and their artful maneuvers to the public. The public included people from far and wide, young and old as they filled the Heritage Aviation Center, the roads and stopping areas outside the airport.

It was evident that when the passer-bys saw what was happening they couldn’t help but stop and were enjoyed watching the magic in the sky.

Before the air show started the Sheboygan County tarmac was filled with planes such as the T34 Arco, the T-28 Trojan and the B-25 Panchito.

Ralph “Skydoc” Glasser flew a T-28 Trojan solo acrobatic.

The Aviation T-28 Trojan is a piston-engined military trainer aircraft used North American by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950’s. Besides its use as a trainer, the T-28 was successfully employed as a Counter-insurgency aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War.

The first flight took place on September 24, 1949. It was retired by the Philippine Air Force in 1994 and the primary users were the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, the South Vietnamese Air Force and the French Air Force. The planes were used extensively during the Vietnam War and the Secret War of Laos

Ralph Glasser, MD is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, IL and practices at Memorial Medical Center. As a commercial pilot, he has been flying since 1980 and operating his T-28 since 1989 accumulating 4400 hours of flight time

“Skydoc” is also an accomplished sky diver with 1300 jumps and 15 hours of free-fall time. He holds a low level aerobatic waiver and is qualified as a formation leader, and has performed at many airshows and served as T-28 Formation Lead for the last several years at the EAA Air Venture Warbird air shows in Oshkosh.

The B-25 bomber has a significant history all its own. The name, Panchito is well-known among those veterans who have either flown the B-25 or had some type of contact with the plane and its pilot.

Here is some interesting info which can be found on the web.

The North American B25 was among the famous twin engine medium bombers used during World War II. It was the most widely produced American twin engine combat aircraft. No doubt, part of its heroic stature derives from its namesake, the outspoken Gen. Billy Mitchell who proved once and for all that bombers could destroy targets, and that wars would nevermore be decided only on land or sea.

The B-25 achieved worldwide fame on April 18, 1942. Sixteen B- 25?s, under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle, were launched from the aircraft carrier Hornet in a daring raid on five Japanese cities including Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya, and Kobe.

The B-25J “Panchito,” named after the feisty rooster from Disney’s animated musical The Three Caballeros, was a bomber with the 396th Bomb Squadron, 41st Bomb Group, 7th Air Force, stationed in the Central Pacific. After several attacks on various Japanese strongholds in Southern Japan as well as Japanese help Eastern China, she was scheduled for another bombing run to Japan on the day the Japanese surrendered.

The North American B-25J Mitchell Bomber was among the most famous twin engine medium bombers used during World War II. The B-25 Mitchell “Special Delivery” honors the achievements of Lt. Col. James Doolittle and his daring raiders who helped turn the tide of the war in the Pacific.

Other noteable planes included Julie Clark in the T34 Arco Salute to America, Mark Peters and his Amazing Alpha Jet Flybys, Jim Rohlf’s A-1 Skyraider and Mike Wienfurter’s Cessna O-1. The show was completed with the missing man formation which is a formidable tribute to all veterans. The sight of the formation can’t help but tug at one’s heartstrings and yet at the same time give one a sense of pride.

The Sheboygan County Airshow was an amazing celebration. It’s always an experience to see these planes and learn about the history they hold.

To learn more visit the Aviation Heritage Center at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport.

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