I don't mean to agitate anyone, but since Oshkosh is for all pilots to enjoy their own and others aviation projects does it really detract from anyones enjoyment, by some "fakes" being mixed in.
Honestly, where do you draw the line, are your brake pads original military issue, or is the paint exactly the same color as it came from the factory and what about those spark plugs?
Some planes are so rare that I'd rather see a replica than non at all. Just love all the WWI birds that are cropping up.
Really the people who can tell the difference should accept a bit of diversity in their midst and those that can't don't really care how authentic it is anyway as they just enjoy the impression of it and their imagination fills in the gaps.
I appreciate the pains and cost the "Real" Warbirds owners must endure to keep things OEM but as the saying goes copying something is the sincerest form of flattery.
It comes off rather snobbish and is not a trait we want to promote at Oshkosh right?....no ofence intended.
I also own an authentic vintage aircraft and understand what your saying, but perhaps there should be a Mueseum Quality birds parking section, or some authenticity certification if you are worried about the fakes somehow detracting from your enjoyment or causing confusion amongst the spectators.
I think a lot of pilots just like the feeling of being around all the talent and are hoping to sit in on some good stories with the "real" warbirds folks. I know I like hearing my fellow pilots stories and just love talking to the Geezers who were the "real" pilots of all the "real' warbirds.
If your girl wears Zirconium jewelry and she thinks its diamond and enjoys it as such, then whats the harm in allowing her to enjoy her fantasy?
I say live and let live and accept some diversity diversity with an open mind.
PS: If you are talking about an RV painted with warbird insignia then of course I agree on having them park in their own section as they in no way represent or replicate a legitimate warbird.