Warbird Weekend coming up in Janesville

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  • BDN file photo Veterans learn more about B-25 "Miss Mitchell" before going on a flight as part of a past Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Warbird Weekend media day at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport.

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    Photo provided Janesville Warbird Weekend will take place July 19-21 at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, 1716 W. Airport Road, Janesville. A variety of historic aircraft will be offering ground tours and air rides for purchase.

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    Photo provided Janesville Warbird Weekend will take place July 19-21 at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, 1716 W. Airport Road, Janesville. A variety of historic aircraft will be offering ground tours and air rides for purchase.

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    BDN file photo Historic B-25 "Miss Mitchell" begins to lift off the ground for a past veteran's honor flight at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport.

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    Photo provided Janesville Warbird Weekend will take place July 19-21 at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, 1716 W. Airport Road, Janesville. A variety of historic aircraft will be offering ground tours and air rides for purchase.

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    Photo provided Janesville Warbird Weekend will take place July 19-21 at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, 1716 W. Airport Road, Janesville. A variety of historic aircraft will be offering ground tours and air rides for purchase.

  • BDN file photo Veterans learn more about B-25 "Miss Mitchell" before going on a flight as part of a past Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Warbird Weekend media day at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport.

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    Photo provided Janesville Warbird Weekend will take place July 19-21 at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, 1716 W. Airport Road, Janesville. A variety of historic aircraft will be offering ground tours and air rides for purchase.

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    Photo provided Janesville Warbird Weekend will take place July 19-21 at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, 1716 W. Airport Road, Janesville. A variety of historic aircraft will be offering ground tours and air rides for purchase.

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    BDN file photo Historic B-25 "Miss Mitchell" begins to lift off the ground for a past veteran's honor flight at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport.

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    Photo provided Janesville Warbird Weekend will take place July 19-21 at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, 1716 W. Airport Road, Janesville. A variety of historic aircraft will be offering ground tours and air rides for purchase.

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    Photo provided Janesville Warbird Weekend will take place July 19-21 at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, 1716 W. Airport Road, Janesville. A variety of historic aircraft will be offering ground tours and air rides for purchase.

JANESVILLE - Unique and historic aircraft will soon be taking to the skies over Beloit and Janesville.

Warbird Weekend is once again returning to the Stateline Area, offering visitors a chance to learn a bit more about history.

All of the fun will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on July 19-21 at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, 1716 W. Airport Road.

"We're celebrating year four in Janesville and it's gone exceptionally well," said event coordinator Pete Buffington. "Each year we get a little bit bigger and better."

During Warbird Weekend, visitors can take a step back in time. Many historic 1940s-era airplanes will be on hand, as will reenactors to help show what life was like during wartime.

Buffington said it's important to remember the sacrifices of America's Greatest Generation and also to say "thank you" to veterans.

"World War II was such an important part of history," he said. "We want to give people a taste of what challenges our veterans had when going to war."

Warbird Weekend features static displays of aircraft, ground tours and also air rides (prices for rides vary depending on the plane).

Some planes scheduled to appear at the event include: B-29 Superfortress "Fifi" for air rides and ground tours; B-24 Liberator "Diamond Lil" for air rides and ground tours; P-51 Mustang "Red Nose" for air rides and P-51 Mustang "Petie 2nd" on static display.

Air rides also will be offered on a AT-6 WASP Texan and a PT-13 Stearman biplane. Famous C-47 "That's All Brother" will be on-hand for air rides and ground tours and Douglas AC-47 "Spooky" for ground tours.

"It's really exciting to have Diamond Lil back flying, because it was down for two years to get brand new engines put in," Buffington added.

Visitors can also enjoy a tasty bite to eat from vendors, shop for Commemorative Air Force merchandise and listen to 1940s-era music throughout the event. Author Steve Snyder will be at the event as well. His book, "Shot Down" tells the true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of a B-17 called "Susan Ruth." Star Quest Enterprises will be bringing a M-4 Personal Motion Theatre for those brave enough to do flight simulations.

"We're a little bit different than an air show because you can get really close to the planes," Buffington said.

For those attending the Warbird Weekend event on Saturday, two extra-special happenings will be taking place.

First, flyover of approximately 100 Beechcraft Bonanzas will take place around noon on their way to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture.

From 7-10 p.m., the beloved1940s Hangar Party will take place. Jack Farina and his orchestra will be performing and there will be food and people dressed up.

Admission to Warbird Weekend is $10 for adults or $20 for a family, per day. Admission to the Hangar Party is $25 per person. Tickets can be pre-purchased by visiting www.JVL19.splashthat.com.

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