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AirVenture dawn patrol

Breitling sponsors warbird wake-up

Swiss watchmaker (and AOPA Premier Partner) Breitling orchestrated a warbird exercise at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that took us back in time as we flew aboard a bomber in the formidable formation, propellers gleaming in the early morning sun, framed perfectly by the clouds.

AOPA renewed our historic partnership and established the Breitling Scholarship in December, and the 2022 Navitimer timepiece with AOPA wings was unveiled in March.

That put AOPA Senior Photographer David Tulis and AOPA Pilot Video Producer Josh Cochran on the inside track for precious seats aboard a vintage bomber that joined an early morning formation flight that woke up sleeping AirVenture campers July 27 with radial engine alarm clocks signaling sights rarely seen since these aircraft were flown in anger to help win World War II.

Watch this space—and your AOPA Pilot magazine—for more fantastic images from the mission.

Topics: EAA AirVenture, Warbird

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