Top military leaders of the operation also participating in evening programs
The aircraft of Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield, which formed one of the largest air power operations in history, will return to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2016 for a look back 25 years after this massive undertaking. The 64th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention, the "World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," will take place July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The commemoration at Oshkosh this year will feature many of the aircraft that were highlighted at the 1991 EAA Fly-In Convention, which attracted many of the aircraft used during Operation Desert Storm. In addition, military commanders of that operation will recall their experiences during that multi-national operation, which began after Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
The aircraft already confirmed for this year's AirVenture gathering include fighter jets such as the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Falcon, A-10 Warthog, and F-18 Hornet. It also includes such support aircraft as the KC-135, EA-6B, and C-5M. Many of the aircraft used during those operations remains valuable assets for the U.S. military today. In addition, the Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team will fly as part of the afternoon air shows on Friday through Sunday, July 29-31.
On Friday, July 29, Gen. Chuck Horner - who commanded U.S. and Allied air operations in Desert Storm and Desert Shield - will be the guest of honour at an evening "Salute to Veterans" Day program at Theatre in the Woods. Gen. Horner will be joined by Gen. Gilmary Hostage, who flew combat missions during Desert Storm. Other special guests are likely to join the line-up prior to AirVenture.
"The planning, coordination and execution of what amounted to more than 100,000 sorties in a 43-day period during Desert Storm was a historical achievement in military aviation history," said Rick Larsen, EAA's vice president of communities and member programs who coordinates features and attractions at AirVenture. "We are proud to welcome the soldiers, aviators, and aircraft of that operation to Oshkosh for a remembrance a quarter-century later."