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History

Florida Warbirds, EAA Warbird Squadron 24, Inc. was founded in October 2000 by Earl Walsh, a retired U.S. Navy Commander and owner/pilot of a North American T-28 Trojan. It started with only a handful of Warbird enthusiasts who believed there was a need for a local Squadron. Since its inception membership continues to expand. Members are scattered throughout Florida. Florida Warbirds is the only EAA Warbird Squadron in Florida.

Florida Warbirds, EAA Warbird Squadron 24, Inc. is affiliated with the EAA and EAA Warbirds of America. Squadron 24 members are required to be members of both organizations.

Our goals are to educate our members and the public in the history, preservation, safe operation and maintenance of World War II and other such historic aircraft. Squadron 24 members are a diverse group of Warbird enthusiasts, some of whom own Warbirds, others who enjoy maintaining them and yet some who are just in love with them? Many of the SquadronÕs aircraft are displayed at various aviation events throughout Florida where sometimes they are demonstrated in formation flights and combat simulations.

EAA Warbird Squadron 24 also participates in the Young Eagles Flight Program in association with local EAA chapters. In this regard, we have fundraising events to sponsor candidates to attend the EAA Air Academy Summer Camp in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This is a most rewarding and educational experience for young people interested in aviation and a chance to learn new skills and make new friends, too.

Our members are not only Warbird enthusiasts, but educators as well. If you would like more information about Florida Warbirds, please contact President Jim "Zack" Olzacki at warbirdzack@aol.com or write to the address below.

EAA Warbird Squadron 24, Inc.
3954 Crooked Island Drive
Punta Gorda, FL 33950-8128

Florida Warbirds is a non-profit 501©(3) Corporation.