Recent News


WHF seeking experienced
aircraft technician
1/31/2018    NEW! 


If so, the Warbird Heritage Foundation is looking for you! We are in need of an experienced aircraft maintenance technician to inspect, repair, restore, and maintain our fleet of warbirds. Warbird experience desired. IA preferred, A&P required.

Email resume to: Resumes at
WarbirdHeritageFoundation dot org

Sean Roarty leaves WHF
Sean Roarty left the WHF in late January to pursue other interests. We wish Sean the best in all of his future endeavors.

WHF Operational Status
Effective immediately, the Warbird Heritage Foundation is resuming a limited Airshow schedule.

After conducting an internal safety audit, we are confident that the practices and procedures that we have in place will ensure a safe remainder of the 2017 airshow schedule.

We look forward to seeing you on the airshow circuit.

In Loving Memory of
Vlado Lenoch
All of us at the Warbird Heritage Foundation are deeply saddened at the death of our close friend and superb fellow pilot, Vlado Lenoch. Vlado and a passenger passed away this morning while flying in our P-51 Mustang, "Baby Duck".

The Warbird Heritage Foundation will make no further comment regarding this tragic event until after the FAA, NTSB, and other relevant parties have completed their respective investigations.

Effective immediately, all WHF flight operations will be temorarily suspended until further notice. Also, the Warbird Heritage Foundation is cancelling the airshow appearances of all of our aircraft for the remainder of the 2017 airshow season.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Vlado's family and friends and to the family and friends of the passenger aboard "Baby Duck".

WHF announces a new
aircraft construction
project - A Nieuport 28!
5/9/2017     MAJOR NEWS!
In order to expand our aircraft collection to cover the World War I era, the Warbird Heritage Foundation is building a full size reproduction of a Nieuport 28 Fighter Aircraft!!   The construction is already well underway! For additional information on the aircraft, and to follow along with the progress of the construction, click here.

L-3B Grasshopper aircraft
donated to the Warbird
Heritage Foundation!
5/9/2017     MAJOR NEWS!
Jeffery J. Hill, Sr. of Woodstock, IL, has donated his Aeronca L-3B Grasshopper aircraft, Serial No. 42-36317, to the Warbird Heritage Foundation!   Click here for more information on this aircraft.

EAA publishes an article
covering the WHF Corsair
Restoration Project!
An article covering the WHF Corsair restoration project has been published on the EAA Historical and Inspirational website! The article, written by Megan Esau, and dated March 16, 2017, discusses how the Corsair was modified as a Reno air racer in the 1970's, and the complexity and amount of effort required to restore the aircraft back to it's original condition. To view the article, click here.

WHF Airshow Schedule
for 2017 Now Available!
Click here to view the WHF 2017 airshow schedule. There will be updates throughout the airshow season, so remember to check back periodically for the latest information.

WHF Hangar Newsletter
V8 N1 - Now Available!
Find out the latest WHF news and future plans, including some exciting announcements!    Click here to access the newsletter archive.

Follow along with FG-1D
Corsair Restoration!
2/20/2017    UPDATED! 
This is just a reminder that we post periodic updates of our Corsair restoration activities on our website. We have recently updated this section to include pictures of the aft fuselage being joined to the cockpit section!
To go directly to the FG-1D Corsair Restoration section, click here.

Patrick Lutker is now
an IA!
WHF Aircraft Technician Patrick Lutker, already an experienced Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic, has earned his IA Certification.    Congratulations Patrick, from all of us at WHF!

P-51 Mustang CockpitCam
Videos featuring the WHF
P-51D Baby Duck!
9/13/2016 has created two great CockpitCam videos of the Warbird Heritage Foundation P-51D Mustang "Baby Duck"! The videos are from Vlado Lenoch's solo performance and USAF Heritage Flight at the 2016 Cleveland National Airshow. To watch these videos, click here.

F-16 Aerobatic Video
includes Foundation
P-51 Baby Duck!
8/11/2016 has created an exceptional video of the United States Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, known as "Viper East", performing at AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. Pilot Craig "Rocket" Baker performs a full aerobatic demonstration of the F-16 before joining in formation with a P-51 Mustang for the USAF Heritage Flight. The P-51D Mustang is the Warbird Heritage Foundation "Baby Duck", flown by Vlado Lenoch!
To watch the video, click here.

Foundation Congratulates
new Skyraider Pilots!
Director of Operations Herwig Schmidts and Fred Bower received their Skyraider type ratings today. Congratulations from all of us here at the Foundation!

Foundation T-2 Buckeye
flies again!
The Foundation T-2 Buckeye returned to our hangar on January 27th, after an extended maintenance outage going back to last June.

Foundation P-51 featured
in ICAS video "Come Alive"
The Foundation P-51D Baby Duck is featured near the beginning of an excellent Intenational Council of Airshows video "Come Alive" that was posted to Facebook in December of 2015. To watch the video, click here.

Foundation welcomes
new Aircraft Technician:
Patrick Lutker
The Warbird Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Patrick Lutker to our staff as an Aircraft Technician. Patrick comes to us from the corporate aviation community and is a certified Airframe & Powerplant mechanic. We would like to welcome Patrick to the Foundation and look forward to working with him in the future.

Volunteers provide a/c
maintenance assistance
The Warbird Heritage Foundation would like to acknowledge Paul Batzel, John Engel, and Pat Marsh for their recent and ongoing volunteer work, providing some valuable assistance with our warbird maintenance backlog. Paul, John, and Pat have been putting their 20+ years of airline maintenance experience to good use, working on our warbirds. We thank you for your efforts.

Mike Fair to leave WHF
Our Aircraft Technician Mike Fair has notified us that he will be leaving the Foundation in August. Please join us in saying Thank You and wishing Mike and his family well in their new endeavor. We will miss you Mike.

WHF Hangar Newsletter
V7 N1 - Now Available
Find out the latest WHF news and future plans. Click here to access the newsletter archive.

WHF announces a new
aircraft acquisition!
A T-33A Shooting Star!!
1/9/2015     MAJOR NEWS!
Here at the WHF we are starting the New Year off with a BANG by adding yet another jet aircraft to our collection! We are very pleased to announce that Vlado Lenoch has graciously chosen to donate his Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star to the Warbird Heritage Foundation!   Click here for more information on the aircraft.

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.

For an overview of the Warbird Heritage Foundation, view the introductory video below. For additional information, including our mission, our staff, and how to contact us, visit the 'About WHF' page. Please remember to sign our 'Guestbook' and include any comments and suggestions that you might have.

Thank you for visiting our site!
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This video presents an introduction to our organization, and an overview of our aircraft collection.

For more information,
please contact us.

Featured Photograph

A USAF Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II participates in the Heritage Flight at AirVenture Oshkosh on July 25, 2017.
Note "In Memory of Vlado Lenoch" on the forward landing gear doors. (See inset).
A fitting tribute for an exceptional pilot!

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