Modern Warbirds Now Operating in the European Theater

Being away from the big shows for months on end, I recently pondered the increasingly popular pastime of collecting warbird aircraft. What’s the big appeal? Then deliberating further on the replicas and remakes I stumbled on 2017 and 2015, I asked where have all the modern warbirds gone?

It was 18 months ago I last visited AERO Friedrichshafen. There, in the Old World I was surprised to see the same fascination for vintage aircraft that Americans embrace in the New World. Observing up close many European takes on the warbird I detected life left in the aero combat veterans and their impersonations. Is the warbird story still remarkable today, in a world of adrenaline obsessed and digitally consumed aviators?

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