Confessions of an Airshow Announcer

A Greatest Generation Story


August 1, 2020

Photos courtesy of Tom Lymburn

The Planes of Fame-East B-25J, Mitch the Witch at Oshkosh. Delivered to the AAF in June 1945, 44-86747 served at Andrews AFB from 1949 until January 1959, then became a fire bomber.

In three decades of air display announcing, I've been privileged to interview many members of what journalist Tom Brokaw called "The Greatest Generation." This has included members of the Flying Tigers (American Volunteer Group), Doolittle Raiders, Tuskegee Airmen, WASPs, aces, Medal of Honor winners, and veterans of the Berlin Airlift.

Added to that, I've called over 200 types of aircraft in shows, from the Pietenpol Air Camper to the Lockheed F-117 Stealth Fighter. Antiques, classics, modern hardware, vintage airliners, aerobatic birds, even a Zeppelin, have graced the skies for my mic. E...

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