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VAA OSHKOSH 2014 – The Post War Boom Years: The Classic Revolution
Seventy years after the apex of the “Post War Boom” the Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) is extending an open invitation to all who own these wonderful air machines. All Vintage aircraft are naturally invited to attend EAA OSHKOSH 2014 but special treatment is in order for anyone arriving in a “Boom Era” airplane.
The post war boom, September 1945 thru March 1947, saw well over 30,000 civil aircraft produced within the United States. It was truly a “boom” time for virtually all light airplane manufacturers. Newly manufactured airplanes could be purchased for under $1,000!
In addition to airshow center parking (remember Cubs 2 OSH), we’re working on a host of other things to help entice attendees. As these things are finalized, watch for announcements in this newsletter, the VAA website and in Vintage Airplane…
Help Us Spread the Vintage Word
Max Platts continues to do an amazing job with the Vintage Facebook Page and his daily aircraft type photos. Have you liked us on Facebook yet? Please LIKE our Facebook page to help spread the word. You can also forwarded the page to friends and share Max’s photos on your own Facebook feed.
Vintage is also on Twitter. Have you seen our Twitter page? Are you following us on Twitter? We don’t tweet often, but when we do, you can help us by re-tweeting our messages. Please follow us on Twitter.
Our website, newsletter, Facebook and Twitter all link together and all help us spread the word to a generation with little knowledge of who we are and what we love. If you don’t know how to do this, recruit your kids or grandkids. It only takes a few minutes and can be quite fun. Just as Max.
VAA Administrator Attends EAA-FAA Summit
Vintage Administrator, Max Platts, was present at the 10th annual EAA-FAA Summit held on January 28-29, 2014 representing the interests of the vintage aircraft community.
“The two days of the summit are very important for EAA and VAA members because it allows us to have the FAA management and policy makers right here in Oshkosh to focus on the issues that matter most to our members,” said Platts, “It is a fantastic opportunity for us to sit down face to face with Agency upper management and examine issues that affect our industry and hobby.”… (read more)
AIRPORT ACTION: Sun ‘n Fun and FSAACA (Vintage Chapter 1)
The Florida Sport Aviation, Antique, and Classic Association (FSAACA) came into being as the result of Billy Henderson inviting Mr. Paul Poberezny to attend FSAACA’s first January Fly-In held in Lakeland, Florida. Paul agreed to fly down from Wisconsin if Billy would guarantee at least 50 aircraft would attend. Immediately, Billy along with Lakeland’s EAA Chapter 454, began working to spark interest in the event.
The Florida Aerobatic Club was also involved. They all worked tirelessly to ensure that a minimum of 50 planes would be in attendance. On the day of the event when Paul arrived he did not see 50 airplanes but rather he saw over 150 airplanes. When Paul returned to Oshkosh he was so impressed with what he saw that he gave FSAACA the designation of Chapter One of the newly formed EAA Antique/Classic Division. Today FSAACA still retains the title of the now named Vintage Aircraft Association Chapter One... (read more)
February Mystery Airplane
Not too many triplanes were seen at America’s airports during the mid to late 1920s. Here’s one, submitted by Wesley Smith, that was in the news during that period.
Check here or on the image below to view a full-size image and submit your answer to this month’s Mystery Airplane.
Vintage Thanks Nuvite
Nuvite Chemical Compounds Corporation is another supporter of VAA activities. Nuvite recently stepped forward to help Vintage provide services to our members.
Your board has received several additional direct contributions from long-time vintage vendor supporters which help us at AirVenture and to deliver our digital message to a wider audience.
Please recognize and support Nuvite and the other fine vendors who support VAA. They deserve our patronage.
December Mystery Identified
The December Mystery Airplane drew a good number of responses; the first received was from Dan Cullman who correctly identified the aircraft as the Sundorph Special. Others who submitted correct answers were Roy Oberg, Wayne Muxlow, David Helmso and Bradford Payne.
Click here or on the image below for more photos and the excellent article by Wesley Smith.
Spots Available for January SportAir Workshops in Oshkosh
Restoring a vintage airplane? There are still spots available for some workshops in February, March, and May at EAA’s SportAir Workshops. With EAA SportAir Workshops, you’ll receive two days of solid, hands-on instruction on your building method of choice, be it Fabric Covering, Composite Construction, Gas Welding, or Sheet Metal Basics. There are also courses on Electrical Systems and Avionics and Fundamentals of Aircraft Construction.
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