Modern Warbirds Now Operating in the European Theater

Being away from the big international aviation events for months on end, I recently pondered the pervasive pastime of collecting warbird aircraft. What compels their conservators? Deliberating further on the replicas and remakes I stumbled on in 2017 and 2015, I asked, ‘Where have all the modern warbirds gone?’

It was 18 months ago I last visited AERO Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance in southern Germany. 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 engrossed aviators?’

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