Recent News


Welcome!

Mike Fair is now an IA!
9/18/2014    NEW! 
WHF Aircraft Technician Mike Fair, already an experienced Airframe and Powerplant (A & P) Mechanic, has earned his Inspection Authorization certification. Congatulations Mike!!

Wings Over Waukegan
2014 - Air Show
8/11/2014
This year's "Wings Over Waukegan" air show will be held on September 6, 2014.   Join us for a day of fun in the sun and bring the whole family!!   This year we will be commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, an event in our history, which changed the course of WWII and set the Allied Forces on their path to victory.   Most of the WHF aircraft will be flying in the show or on display.   Mark your calendar now, and see the best "Wings Over Waukegan" show ever!    For more information, click here.

WHF L-19A Bird Dog to be
featured at Oshkosh 2014
Warbirds in Review!
7/17/2014
The WHF L-19A Bird Dog will be featured at the Warbirds in Review presentation now scheduked for Wednesday, July 30th, at 1:00PM, at AirVenture Oshkosh 2014!   The WHF Cessna L-19A / O-1A Bird Dog and the Cavanaugh Flight Museum deHavilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou with "Caribou Bob" Schrader, Bird Dog pilots the "Catkillers", Charlie Finch, and Doc Clement.      Finch and Clement are featured in the book "A Hundred Feet Over Hell" , available in the Warbirds Gift Store after the presentation. Watch the AirVenture 2014 website for additional details and schedule changes.

WHF AD-1 Skyraider and
A-4B Skyhawk are to be
featured at Oshkosh 2014
Warbirds in Review!
7/8/2014
The WHF AD-1 Skyraider and A-4B Skyhawk are to be featured at the Warbirds in Review presentation now scheduked for Friday, August 1st, at 10:00AM, at AirVenture Oshkosh 2014!   Pilots Dave Waldrop and Dick Diller, author of " Firefly, A Skyraider's Story About America's Secret War Over Laos " will be included among the speakers.    Watch the AirVenture 2014 website for additional details and schedule changes.   Come and listen to some exceptional aviators
and view some equally impressive
aircraft!!

The WHF Facebook Page
has moved!
5/24/2014
The WHF Facebook page has moved to a new location. You can find it here. Please remember to change your favorites to reflect the new address.

Wings Over Waukegan
2013 - New Photographs!
4/4/2014
The final group of photographs from the Wings Over Waukegan 2013 Air Show are in!   To view all of the 2013 air show photos, click here.

WHF Hangar Newsletter
V6 N1 - Now Available
3/17/2014
Find out the latest WHF news and future plans. Click here to access the newsletter archive.

Preliminary WHF Airshow
Schedule for 2014
Now Available!
2/14/2014
Click here to view the preliminary WHF 2014 airshow schedule. There will be updates throughout the airshow season, so remember to check back periodically for the latest information.

Wings Over Waukegan
2013 - First Photos are in!
01/01/2014
The first group of photographs from the Wings Over Waukegan 2013 Air Show are in!   To view these pictures, click here.   There will be more pictures coming in the future, so remember to watch for updates!

WHF Aircraft to overfly the
Chgo Bears / Detroit Lions
Game at Soldier Field on
November 10, 2013!!
10/19/2013
The Warbird Heritage Foundation F-86 Sabre and P-51 Mustang, along with Dave Folk's F4U Corsair, will overfly Soldier Field as part of the 2013 Veteran's Day activities during the Chicago Bears / Detroit Lions game at Solider Field on November 10, 2013!!

Recent Articles on WHF
and the 2013 Wings Over
Waukegan Airshow......
9/23/2013
Photographer Rob Edgcumbe has posted an article about a recent visit to the Warbird Heritage Foundation on his Blog entitled "WHF Day Out". To read the article, click here. Rob has also posted a review of the 2013 Wings Over Waukegan Airshow on Global Aviation Resource. To read that review, click here. Thank you for the great articles Rob!

WHF Demonstration Pilots
receive their type rating
in AD-1 Skyraider!
8/11/2013
WHF Demonstration Pilots Vlado Lenoch and James Leavelle received their type rating in the AD-1 Skyraider on August 7th. Congratulations Vlado and Jim!

Wings Over Waukegan
2013 - Air Show
8/10/2013
This year's "Wings Over Waukegan" air show will be held on September 7, 2013.   Join us for a day of fun in the sun and bring the whole family!!   The featured event this year will be an accurate re-enactment of a VIetnam era Combat Search and Rescue operation, including an impressive pyrotechnic display.   Most of the WHF aircraft will be flying in the show or on display.   Mark your calendar now, and see the best "Wings Over Waukegan" show ever!    For more information, click here.

Entire WHF fleet of ten
aircraft now airworthy!
6/22/2013
As of June 13th, with the first post engine overhaul flight of the T-28, all ten of the foundation's "operational" aircraft were up and airworthy!   This is the first time the entire fleet has been airworthy in several years.  During that time there were numerous long term outages waiting on external resources, including an engine overhaul, a major wing repair, a fuel bladder replacement, etc. Each long term outage required an extra effort by the maintenance team to get that aircraft flying again. A well deserved congratulations go to Sean and Mike (and David) for all of their efforts in getting the entire fleet back in the air!

Wings Over Waukegan
2012 - New Photographs!
4/27/2013
The final group of photographs from the Wings Over Waukegan 2012 Air Show are in!   To view all of the 2012 air show photos, click here.

Sean Roarty named WHF
Director of Maintenance!
4/10/2013     MAJOR NEWS!
In recognition of his five years of contributions to the Warbird Heritage Foundation, and his intimate knowledge of our aircraft collection, Sean Roarty has been named the WHF Director of Maintenance, effective immediately. Congratulations Sean!   David Staffeldt will remain on board as a Foundation Trustee, providing assistance in various areas, but focusing his efforts on the Corsair restoration project.

WHF F-86 Sabre will be
featured at Oshkosh 2013
presentation with Bob Hoover!
3/26/2013
The WHF F-86 Sabre will be featured with Robert A. "Bob" Hoover at the Warbirds in Review presentation now scheduked for Thursday, August 1st, at 1:00PM, at AirVenture Oshkosh 2013!   Watch the AirVenture 2013 website for additional details and schedule changes.   Come and see an exceptional aviator and an equally impressive aircraft!!

WHF announces a new
aircraft acquisition!
An FG-1D Corsair!!
1/13/2013     MAJOR NEWS!
An FG-1D Corsair restoration project was begun in December of 2012. We estimate this to be a three to five year project. To follow along and see pictures of the restoration activities, click here. Regular updates can also be found on our Facebook page, here.

Wings Over Waukegan
2012 - First Photos are in!
10/29/2012
The first group of photographs from the Wings Over Waukegan 2012 Air Show are in!   To view these pictures, click here.   There will be more pictures coming in the future, so remember to watch for updates!

The Foundation L-19A Bird Dog returns to the air!
10/3/2012
On October 3rd, 2012, WHF Aircraft Technician Sean Roarty took the Foundation L-19A Bird Dog up for a successful test flight. The aircraft had been grounded for an extended period while waiting for replacement parts.

Wings Over Waukegan
2012 - Air Show
8/24/2012
This year's "Wings Over Waukegan" air show will be held on September 8, 2012.   Join us for a day of fun in the sun and bring the whole family!!   The featured performers this year will be the Canadian Snowbirds and the USN F/A-18 Super Hornet. Most of the WHF aircraft will be flying in the show or on display. Mark your calendar now, and see the best "Wings Over Waukegan" show ever!    For more information, click here.

Tuskegee Airman visits
the WHF Hangar!
7/10/2012
The Warbird Heritage Foundation was honored to have Mr. David James, one of the Tuskegee Airmen, visit our facility on May 26, 2012.   Mr. James was a P-51 Mustang pilot and member of the 332nd Fighter Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. To see pictures of his visit, click here.

WHF F-86 Sabre Takes to
the Skies Once Again!
6/26/2012
After a nine month hiatus for a wing repair and troubleshooting of a spare engine, the Foundation F-86 Sabre took to the air once again on June 26, 2012!
Without question, a job well done by our entire maintenance staff!
Click here to check our schedule for where it will be appearing this summer!

WHF Airshow Schedule
for 2012 Now Available!
4/6/2012
Click here to view the WHF 2012 airshow schedule. There will be updates throughout the airshow season, so remember to check back periodically for the latest information.

Herwig Schmidts flies the
Foundation P-51 Mustang!
4/1/2012
WHF Chief Pilot Herwig Schmidts completed his flight training and made his first solo flight in the Foundation
P-51D Mustang "Baby Duck" on March 31, 2012.   Congratulations to our newest P-51 pilot!

WHF Screensaver V3.0
is Now Available!
2/5/2012    NEW! 
Version 3.0 of the WHF Screensaver is finally here!   Enjoy some stunning pictures of our aircraft in flight!   Click here. to download your copy today.

Wings Over Waukegan
2011 - New Photographs!
2/5/2012
The final group of photographs from the Wings Over Waukegan 2011 Air Show are in!   To view all of the 2011 air show photos, click here.

New Aerial Photographs of
WHF Aircraft Now Online!
2/5/2012
During the month of December, we added some exceptional aerial shots of several of our aircraft to the web site. They were taken in September by a talented Italian Aviation Photographer, Luigino Caliaro. We have added the best of his photos to the "In Flight" photo section for each aircraft.
For A-4 Skyhawk photos, click here.
For T-2 Buckeye photos, click here.
For P-51 Mustang photos, click here.
For AD-1 Skyraider photos, click here.
As part of the February update, photos have been added to the "In Flight" section for the following aircraft:
For T-28 Trojan photos, click here.
For Stearman photos, click here.

Paul Wood now a CFI!
12/14/2011
On December 2, 2011, WHF Founder
Paul R. Wood completed all of the
requirements, and received his
Certified Flight Instructor Certificate.    Congratulations Paul!

AD-1 Skyraider Armaments
12/13/2011
This fall we added some new Vietnam-era ordnance to our AD-1 Skyraider. For some detailed information about the ordnance, and related submunitions, including pictures, click here.

Wings Over Waukegan
2011 - First Photos are in!
10/1/2011
The first group of photographs from the Wings Over Waukegan 2011 Air Show are in!   To view these pictures, click here.   There will be more pictures coming in the future, so remember to watch for updates!

Wings Over Waukegan
2011 - Air Show
8/5/2011
This year's "Wings Over Waukegan" air show will be held on September 10, 2011.   Join us for a day of fun in the sun and bring the whole family!!   Mark your calendar now, and see the best "Wings Over Waukegan" show ever!    For more information, click here.

Warbird Digest Magazine
profiles the Warbird
Heritage Foundation!
7/12/2011
The Warbird Heritage Foundation is the subject of a seven page article in the July/August issue of Warbird Digest Magazine. For information on how to subscribe, or order this issue, click here.

WHF P-51D Mustang
First Flight Photographs!
7/11/2011     MAJOR NEWS!
The Foundation P-51D Mustang successfully completed it's first post-restoration flight on July 8, 2011!
 UPDATED!   Additional photos have been added on 7/11/2011!
To view photos of this event, click here.   To view photographs of the restoration effort as it progressed, click here.

WHF A-4 Skyhawk does
high speed flyby over
the Indianapolis 500!
6/30/2011
As part of the post race ceremonies, the WHF A-4 Skyhawk joined four USN F/A-18 Super Hornets in doing a commemorative flyby over the Indianapolis 500. To view several photos of this event, click here.

P-51D Restoration Update
New Photographs!
6/2/2011
17 new photos of the P-51 restoration effort from April and May are now available to be viewed. The restoration work is progressing well. We are getting close to doing some engine runs. Click here to see the latest photos.

2010 Waukegan Air Show
More Photographs!
6/1/2011
The last group of photographs from the 2010 Waukegan Air Show are in! To view all of the pictures from the show, click here.

WHF A-4 Skyhawk and
T-2 Buckeye to do flyby
at Indianapolis 500!
5/14/2011
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation, as well as the 100th Anniversary of the Indy 500 Mile Race, the Foundation A-4 Skyhawk and T-2 Buckeye will be doing a high speed, post race, victory lane flyover along with several other Warbirds, and formations of both F/A-18's, and other Naval aircraft!   For information about the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, and the related events schedule, click here.

WHF announces a new
aircraft acquisition!
A P-51D Mustang!!
4/16/2011     MAJOR NEWS!
A P-51 restoration project has been underway since December of 2008. To follow along and see pictures of the restoration activities, click here, or see the Featured Photograph below!
Additional pictures, including the newly installed propeller, have been added on 4/16/2011!

Steve Kirik earns an A-4
Skyhawk Type Rating!
3/17/2011
Steve Kirik, WHF Demonstration Pilot and Safety Officer, took his check ride on February 19th, and received his Type Rating in the A-4 Skyhawk. Steve will be flying our A-4B at airshows later this season. Congratulations, Steve!

WHF Hangar Newsletter
V5 N1 - Now Available
2/14/2011
Find out the latest WHF news and future plans. Click here to access the newsletter archive.

AirVenture 2010 - WHF
Aircraft Photographs
2/13/2011
Additional photographs of WHF aircraft from AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 have been added!   To view these pictures, click here.

WHF A-4B Skyhawk and
AD-1 Skyraider Aerial
Photographs
1/18/2011
New aerial photographs of these aircraft from the 2010 airshow season have been added.   To view the Skyhawk pictures, click here.   To view the Skyraider pictures, click here.


Welcome to the Warbird Heritage Foundation website! This site is designed to showcase all of the historic aircraft in our collection. We will keep you posted regarding the various exhibits and airshows at which these aircraft will be displayed and demonstrated. To subscribe to "The WHF Hangar" newsletter, and keep up with the latest news and events at WHF, visit our 'Newsletter' page.

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Featured Photograph


Paul Wood enters a steep climb in the Foundation A-4B Skyhawk during his A-4 TAC Demo at the Rockford Airfest on June 7, 2014.
Still frame captured as a preview of a future video on the A-4 Skyhawk.
Photo / Video by David Jacobson

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For more pictures and information on the A-4 Skyhawk, click on the corresponding button below.


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