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Category: Vintage Airplane Magazine

Vintage Champ Provides A Day of Glory for 80-Year-Old Pilot

by Priscilla A. Crawford One day after his 80th birthday on August 19, J.E. Stuart received a surprise visit and was provided with a day that will be remembered and talked about for a long time. In considering ideas for their Dad’s birthday, Stuart’s daughters, Kathleen Stuart and Kara Barber, had looked through old photos [&hellip…

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Great Pilots, Great Airplanes

by Eric Gourley, VAA 717193 I received a call one morning from Evan Haskell asking if I could teach him how to fly a pristine Beaver he and his father had recently purchased. Evan added that although he had quite a bit of time, it was mainly in a Cessna 206 on amphib floats. He [&hellip…

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OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: Global Joy-Ride

Two Piper PA-12 Super Cruisers made super around-the-world OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS in 1947.  It all started in 1946 when two flight instructors at an airport near Washington, D. C. observed a newly certificated PA-12 taxi by and a comment made that with enough gas these aircraft were capable of flying around the world. Light aircraft–liaison aircraft–such [&hellip…

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Celebrating my girlfriend’s 70th birthday…

by Randy Phillips, VAA 722809 For some reason, my wife doesn’t like me going out to seedy bars anymore and talking to strange women. Imagine that! Marcy(my wife) and I have been together(off and on) for 29 years. Some really good times and some pretty rough. The same can be said for my relationship with [&hellip…

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YOUTH IN ACTION: Gleb Liashedko

by Ron Alexander, VAA 27150 For the past couple of years I have been writing an article in AirMail about “Airport’s in Action.”  In each issue we have presented several EAA and VAA Chapters around the country whose membership places a priority on developing young people.  I have been very pleased to find that a [&hellip…

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Fond Memories of an Oshkosh Airport Kid

by Tom Bartenstein, EAA 225662 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. [&hellip…

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Blast from the Past: The Flight of the June Bug

From the September, 1976 issue of Vintage Airplane (All back issues are archived in the Members Only section). By Merill Stickler Curator of Curtiss Museum Hammondsport, NY 14840 All Photos by Mike Mandiak.  June 23, 1976, the long awaited day of the bicentennial celebration dawned with an overcast sky on the sleepy cross roads of [&hellip…

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1989: From Jennnies to Jets

From then president Butch Joyce’s Straight and Level column in the October, 1989 Vintage Airplane: “Those of us who had the privilege of attending EAA Oshkosh ’89 will have the memory of seeing no fewer than six Jennies. A number of people expressed their delight in seeing those aircraft flying. Several older pilots told me [&hellip…

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Blast from the Past: From Jets to Jennies

From Jets To Jennies Ken Hyde’s 1987 Antique Grand Champion Curtiss JN4D “When Ken Hyde (EAA 37179, AIC 133), R. R. 5, Box 294, Warrenton, VA 22186 landed his Curtiss Jenny on the grass at Wittman Field during Oshkosh ’87, it was the culmination of a long-time dream come true. Ken‘s love affair with Jennys [&hellip…

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Shiny Reflection from the Past: The Resurrection of a Spartan

“Restoration” is perhaps a more technically accurate term to describe the process some antique airplane enthusiasts go through to put their old birds back in flying condition, but in a few cases the amount and extent of the work is such that a stronger word seems necessary to more fully describe the blood, sweat and [&hellip…

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