Welcome to our 2022 Windy City Warbirds & Classics event and Airshow. This year we will be featuring “Aircraft of Aces” from WWII. Please come to our event and see our Warbird pilots demonstrate their combat aviation flight skills and Aircraft of Aces Airplanes. Watch them earn their “Flying Ace Wings” during the 3 day event. An Ace pilot during WWII needed to shoot down 5 enemy aircraft to be considered a “Flying Ace Pilot”.
Each day a pilot flies in our event they will receive a Flying Ace “Kill” sticker from Fox Valley Aero Club for that day of flying, maximum 3 symbols. For every 2 mission flights our guest pilots fly and land safely they will earn an additional WCWC “Kill” sticker. Once they have earned the official five “Kill” stickers they will receive an official WCWC 2022 Flying Ace Wings award.
The 2022 Windy City Warbirds and Classics committee hopes you will enjoy this unique air show featuring “Airplanes of Aces from WWII”. You will see the many of the best RC Pilots from the Midwest and their highly detailed scale aircraft.
To feel some of the emotion from flying a giant RC Plane read what John Fischer has to say:
“I hit the starter button as I leaned into the engine spinner and felt the kick of the prop for the first time. Instantly I knew I was good to start and turned off the choke. The reward of years of building giant scale warbirds would soon once again thrill the soul. The endless dust, sanding, and painting were about to delight us beyond words as the giant scale gas engine jumped to life with a deep throated roar and smooth vibration. As my fellow RC Pilots helped hold the plane down the vibration and feeling moved through our bones and nerves as the engine pulled on the firewall and we fought to hold down the beast. We felt great pride as we were about to fly the custom built scale aircraft flown by one of our favorite Flying Aces we had read about since our youth. I smiled at my friends, Dave Cotton and Armin Weber, holding the plane by the wings and gave it full throttle as they grabbed the wings tighter and then held it a few second longer as there hats blew off just to enjoy the moment. Damn I love this hobby I thought. I wonder what it was like to fly a real warbird? I wonder what an Ace pilot felt about his airplane?”
Robert S Johnson comments regarding his first time in a P-47 Thunderbolt:
“I hit the starter switch. Deep inside her belly the Thunderbolt groaned, a straining rumble sounding for all the world like a giant dynamo coming alive. Ahead of me the four propeller blades turned slowly, then began to move faster as the Pratt & Whitney gained in power. The rumble increased in pitch, the blades became a blur. Suddenly the cranking and rumbling vanished, to be replaced by a tremendous, throaty roar, a bass of power such as I'd never heard. I cracked the throttle forward a fraction of an inch and the fighter sang of power, a symphony of thunder, alive and ready to howl at the slightest movement of my fingers.”
When Robert S. Johnson first saw a Thunderbolt, it was love at first sight. The P-47B was a giant with a 2,000 horsepower engine; not very pretty on the ground, but every inch a powerful machine, rugged and sturdy with all the mass of a tank. He scrutinized the tremendous four-bladed propeller. In each wing rested four 50 caliber machine guns, giving the Thunderbolt the ability to throw 7,200 rounds of lead per minute!
During World War II the United States had 1297 Ace pilots and the United Kingdom had 753 Aces. On the opposing side Germany had more than 2500 Aces, Italy 166 Aces, while Japan had only 335. These numbers are quite deceptive as many Ace pilots shot down more than 5 planes, the requirement to become an Ace, but many American planes pilots shot down fewer than 5. However the Unites States and Britain had so many planes in the air our plane loss overall was less than the Axis Powers.
Basically there are 11 planes used by American Ace Pilots during WW II:
P-38 Lockheed Lightning, P-39 Bell Airacobra, P-40 Curtiss Warhawk, P-47 Republic Thunderbolt, P-51 North American Mustang, P-61 Northrop Black Widow, P-63 Bell Kingcobra, F2A Brewster Buffalo, F4F Grumman Wildcat, F4U Vought Corsair.
As I read about the different Aircraft used by WW2 Aces and their personal commentary about their airplanes I noticed a real personal commitment to each aircraft and often repeating comments and thoughts. Almost each ace pilot spoke of the durability of the plane and how it could get them home after receiving many direct or indirect hits. Many talked about the power, speed, and range.
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