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Bob Coolbaugh’s Viking Kitty Hawk B-8 – NC975M

by Susan Dusenbury, VAA President reprinted from Antique Airways, Newsletter of the Carolinas Virginia Antique Airplane Foundation, Inc. (VAA Chapter 3) There is something exciting in the air-or more accurately, something exciting about to be in the air. Bob Coolbaugh of New Market, Virginia and Life Member of VAA3 will, if all goes as planned, fly [&hellip…

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Bill Pancake Named General Aviation 2018 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year

We are delighted to announce that Bill Pancake, long-time Vintage member, well known presenter during AirVenture, and Vintage Hall of Fame member, has been named the General Aviation 2018 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year. Read the details of this award in the letter we received from Bill’s wife Saundra below. Bill and I [&hellip…

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Red Barn Headquarters Gets Total Makeover

Our Red Barn HQ at Oshkosh is about a century old.  It had been remodeled and expanded at least three times since we inherited it in 1973.  While we have kept it good looking, the basic structure of the original barn was badly in need of major repair.  Look carefully at the first photo.  Click [&hellip…

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YOUTH IN ACTION: Cayla McLeod

By Luke Lachendro (Ed. Note:  This is Luke’s first contribution to Vintage AirMail.  Learn more of how Luke came to write for us at the end  his feature on Cayla.) UPDATE: February 28, 2017.  Cayla has created a wristband honoring the memory of her teacher, mentor and friend, Ron Alexander.  You can show your support with [&hellip…

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A PILOT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Don Kiel

Story and Photos by Connor Madison, EAA 1132705 (Ed. Note:  This is Connor’s first contribution to Vintage AirMail.  Learn more of how Connor became a contributor at the end his feature on Don.) Meet Don Kiel (VAA #15132) and N8142A, his 1952 Cessna 170B on Federal Hydraulic Retractable skis with Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (Poly). Don has [&hellip…

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Straight and Level – February, 2017

by Geoff Robison, President EAA Vintage Aircraft Association, EAA Life Member 268346 VAA Life Member 12606 Welcome back to the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association’s Vintage AirMail e-Newsletter. We recently lost another amazing friend of the VAA. Gene Chase was an amazing friend to all in aviation. He served as a Naval Aviator on a carrier during World [&hellip…

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What’s Ahead

by Wes Schmid, EAA #3113, VAA #6688 A new series, OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS, will appear in future Vintage AirMail e-newsletters replacing the Mystery Plane series. OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS will introduce to many of today’s pilots, as well as those who perhaps have forgotten those incredible flights, what these early pilots had accomplished. Articles that appeared in aviation magazines [&hellip…

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LUCKY ME – BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME IN AVIATION

Cross-Posted from the iFLY.com blog (which is a great site to visit). This guest post is from Nate Perlman, a seasoned commercial pilot and recent Stearman airplane owner.  He has many great stories to share, and we look forward to more! Please sit back and enjoy…. We’ve all heard about those deals you never find yourself [&hellip…

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Test Post Vimeo

Landing Simonds strip in the Idaho Backcountry 900′ long at 5243′ elevation from Leigh on Vimeo…

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Airport Action: EAA Vintage Chapter 25 “Delta Gold”

by Ron Alexander, VAA 27150 Based in northern California, “Delta Gold” began in 1992 with a small group of vintage and classic aircraft pilots who enjoyed flying events.  For many years Vintage Chapter 25 was famous for an annual Dichondra Field Fly-In along the Deep Water Channel in the Delta, south of Sacramento.  This field was [&hellip…

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