Modern Warbirds Now Operating in the European Theater

Having been away from the major mind-boggling international aviation events for months on end, I succumbed to pondering that which compels collectors of vintage aircraft to the genre of warbirds. In deliberation, I reflected on the warbird replicas and remakes I stumbled on in 2017 and 2015 at AERO Friedrichshafen asking, “Where have all the ‘modern warbirds’ gone?'”

It was 18 months ago I last visited AERO, held in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance in southern Germany. There in the Old World, I was enlightened to see a fascination for vintage aircraft similar to that which Americans embrace in the New World. Observing up close many European takes on the warbird I recognized an obsession with avian combat veterans and their impersonations. “In today’s world of adrenaline obsessed and digitally engrossed aviators does fascination still persist in the warbird tales of the past?”