Menomonie Airfest Autorama

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Gates open at 8AM • Menomonie Municipal Airport
Airfest & Autorama Menomonie Area Auto New Car Dealers Great Event!

2019 Featured Performers

Mike and the Bird Dog

Mike Weinfurter lives in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. He knew he wanted to be a pilot from watching the 1950s TV series ‘Sky King’ as a kid, and now flies for a private Wisconsin company. He has flown aerobatics for 40 plus years. His Cessna L-19, nicknamed ‘Bird Dog’, was built in 1951 and served as a flight trainer for Vietnam pilots before being being assigned in 1960 to the Wisconsin Army National Guard in West Bend, WI. In 1971 it was sold by the Army to the Air Force and was assigned to it’s civilian volunteer auxiliary, the Wisconsin Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. In 1980 it was sold as a civilian plane and was repaired and restored and is now performing in airshows. The Bird Dog is not certified as an aerobatic airplane, so is flown to demonstrate what pilots did during combat missions. When on the ground, the plane is available for visitors to get a close up inspection, and Vietnam Vets in particular relate to its important role in providing air cover during ground skirmishes.

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