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Warbird Roundup on reunion Saturday

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  • Warbird Roundup on reunion Saturday

    Just in case anyone is not already aware during the Reunion in Cowtown, the OV10 Association is staging what has rapidly turned into a full-scale airshow.

    Popasmoke members will be admitted early at 1000 as VIP guests. We will have our own air conditioned tent right among the birds and access to the OV10 guys' ready room (air conditioned).

    There will be about 80 or so active-duty pilots and crew in attendance. It will be the duty of the Popasmoke membership to treat these young Marines like royalty. Remember, you are all responsible for recruiting new and future members to Popasmoke. They are on board for a dinner on Friday night at the hangar and local auto dealerships are providing their rent cars.

    This event is not something you want to miss. We plan to have at least one of every Marine Helicpter flying plus some old birds like YL137, the 34D and something they call an H13 of Korean War vintage.

    This is an incredible opportunity for our members to lay hands on our own planes and take individual as well as group photos WITH your bird as a backdrop.

    There will also be a full compliment of Marine fixed wing aircraft at Meacham Field. Many of the pilots and crew are also present or former Marine helomen as are a good number of the other service aircraft flying in.

    The 4th MAW is fully behind this event as is the local MAG41. The brass of both will be on hand, a chance to rub elbows in the shadow of our aircraft.

    We do need to hear if anyone needs special transportation as no buses or autos can get nearer than one block away. This is nothing like a regular Air Show deathmarch in the heat a half mile from the parking lot, but if you or your guests need help with the block's walk to the aircraft, please email or call and I will pass it on to the OV10 honchos.

    Bill McNair

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    Fri. evening

    Bill has and is on top of this and we couldn't have done it without him. The A/C will start comming Fri. and we, the line crew, will tug and tow to spots then knock off for a beer under the wings (like Phu Bi) in the old days. Those of you who want to come out and hob-nob with the crews and us snuffys, come on out. If you stay for supper then it will be $20.00 a plate but most of you have sqd. dinners to make. The dress of the day is (green towels and flip flops) or any old stuff you still got. We will have a flightsuit party later in the PM. This event is for us and Sat. is for the general public so we will be looking our best, right? No kidding, RSVP me if you plan on supper with us, so I can have enough "Beany Weanys, coat hangers, and 2.7 rocket motors. Bring Carling's Black Lable if you got it and we will pop one on the ramp of a 53 of under the wing of our Bronco's. This is a meet and greet for the flight crews that are comming in for the show.
    Roy M. (Arm) Pitt
    Marble '69
    DaNang '70


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      Contact: Jim Hodgson, President, OV-10 Bronco Association, 817-291-6101

      Event: Cowtown Warbird Roundup – “Welcome Home Vets”

      Date: August 12, 2006

      Place: Vintage Flying Museum

      505 NW 38th Street, Hangar 33s

      Fort Worth, TX 76106

      The Cowtown Warbird Roundup (CWR) is an annual fly-in. This family event benefits the OV-10 Bronco Association, Forward Air Controller’s Museum and the Vintage Flying Museum. This 3rd CWR is an opportunity for the community to see classic and current military aircraft while enjoying fun, educational and inspirational activities.

      For 2006 we have invited over thirty warbirds. There will be an emphasis on helicopters this year, to coincide with the US Marine Corps Combat Helicopter Association reunion in Fort Worth the same weekend. Invited aircraft include: F-16, F-18, F-15, AV-8, T-38, T-6, A-10, C-130, A-1, O-2, AH-1, CH-46, CH-53 and many more.

      Presentations will include “History of Aviation in the DFW Metroplex” by Col. Knox Bishop (Ret.), former Curator of the Frontiers of Flight Museum, a dedication of a newly restored O-2 Skywarrior, an exhibit on photojournalism in Iraq by Sgt. Joel Chaverri, Military Photojournalist of the year for 2005, a “History of Forward Air Control” by Jim Hodgson, President, OV-10 Bronco Association and others.

      Numerous exhibitors and vendors will also be in attendance to offer information about the , the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation, the International Bird Dog Association, Veteran’s Affairs, the VA Hospital’s Fisher House and other community related organizations. Aviation related items will also be available for sale, including; artwork, wooden aircraft replicas, aviation memorabilia, hats, t-shirts and much more.

      A pancake breakfast will be held between 7:00 and 10:00 AM by Women in Aviation for volunteers and the honored invitees of the USMC Combat Helicopter Association. The gates will open to the general public at 11:00 AM. The event ends at 5:00 PM.

      Admission is $5.00 per person. Children 12 and under are free. Active and reserve military members in uniform will be admitted free. Parking is free.

      The USMC Combat Helicopter Association is also planning a motorcycle rally that will end at the fly-in.

      Media Day: August 11th to coincide with aircraft arrivals, schedule available upon request.