And now we get to what really draws me to Oshkosh: the warbirds. This one is pretty unique. It’s the only airworthy Douglas A-20 Havoc on the planet. About 7,500 were built during World War II, a lot of which were sent off to Russia through lend-lease.
Skyhawk 149606 serves as a Vietnam veteran and a treasure of American history. On March 7, 2017, she was put through her paces during two functional check flights by pilot Scott Roth, after some maintenance from Fighting Classics Aircraft Restoration Ltd. She tore through the sky over the Valiant Air Command museum in Titusville, Florida.
This Skyhawk was nearly lost to anti-aircraft artillery in the sky over Vietnam in 1965. After being hit, Lt. Rick Millson managed to bring her back aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, where ground crews were astonished to find a 6″ hole in the wing. Both the aircraft and the pilot continued flying. Millson would go on to become a Blue Angels aviator, along with Capt. Lew Chatham, who also flew this plane before joining the Blues. The aircraft continues to fly and carry the legacy of everybody that developed, maintained and flew the A-4 Skyhawk.