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Tech Series: Restoring an Airplane – Part TwoThere exist a surprising number of classic and antique airplanes that are available for restoration.
The first place I would recommend looking is in Trade-A-Plane or online at Barnstormers.com. Each has an antique section in addition to other sections such as Aeronca, Citabria, Piper, Stearman, Waco, etc.
They offer a large number of flying aircraft, projects, parts and services for all models of airplanes. This is probably the best place to start. In addition, you can obtain a listing of various “Type Clubs” from the Vintage Aircraft Association website. These clubs usually have a listing of airplanes and projects for sale or can direct you to other sources for information. (read more)
Fond Memories of an Oshkosh Airport Kid
This story is over forty years in the making. I’m not a pilot, mechanic, or plane builder. I am, however, a lifelong aviation enthusiast. I enjoy being around all things aviation…people, places, and things.
It all started in 1970, when the EAA convention moved from Rockford, Illinois to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. I was 8 years old and our family lived adjacent to Wittman Field (my parents still live there).
At age 12, I befriended Elroy Hilbert while hanging out near the Antique/Classic HQ. (read more)
Airport Action: Sebring, FL, EAA Chapter 1240 and Youth
It is very well known that the state of Florida has a very active aviation community. Sebring, Florida is no exception.
Most of us are aware of the fly-in held each January highlighting LSA activities. It is the U.S. Sport Aviation EXPO that takes place each January. The event draws aircraft literally from all over the globe. Exhibits of new aircraft designs and special events fill the four days of the “EXPO”.
What you may not be aware of is that EAA Chapter 1240 is located on the airport. This very active chapter was incorporated in 1998 and was originally located in Avon Park, Florida. A few years later it was moved to Sebring Regional Airport (SRA). Upon their initial move the airport provided two T-hangars for the chapter to use rent free to store materials and conduct activities. (read more)
Help Us Expand VAA Oshkosh
As soon as the snow melts we are starting a complete revamp of the south-west corner of Vern Avenue and Wittman Road.
The old Membership and Volunteer booths will be replaced with newly constructed facilities with a covered deck on each structure.
We experienced some pretty serious direct line winds this past November that resulted in some serious damage of the VAA marquee sign on that corner. As a result, we decided to reconstruct the entire entryway to the Red Barn and the Vintage Hangar.
Vintage Oshkosh Spring Work Weekends – Join us April 24-26, May 29-31, and June 26-28. No special skills needed. We have jobs for all skill levels. Enjoy good times, good food, and hard work.
Click here to email Vintage Maintenance Chair Michael Blombach if you can help out one of these weekends.
April Mystery Airplane
This post World War I biplane should prove a tough one to identify for even our VAA experts who are knowledgeable about airplanes of that era. So give it a try.
Click here or on the image above to view full size and see our other mystery airplanes.
February Mystery Identified
Wayne Muxlow turned out to be the only one who submitted the correct identification for VAA’s February Mystery Plane as the Douglas Commuter.
This unlikely design of a small, low powered light plane was a total departure from Douglas’ primary efforts in producing military and high performance commercial aircraft at that time.
Very little information is available about this interesting two place sport plane and the following reprint furnished by Wesley Smith is perhaps the best description available to identify this aircraft. It was written by Rene J. Francillion and appeared in McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Since 1920, Volume 1, page 90. The book was originally published by Putnam Aeronautical Books in 1979. (read more)
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