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October 2017 AirMail

News for Vintage Aircraft Association Members October 2017  AirMail Sign-Up  Past Issues  Website  Facebook  Twitter  Contact Us EAA Vintage Aircraft Association AirMail e-Newsletter Straight and Level By Susan Dusenbury, VAA President, VAA 5721, EAA 55229 Fall is here or as I call it the “last hurrah” before Old Man Winter curtails our fun flying. I’ve always thought [&hellip…

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OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: Flight of the Southern Cross

Intro and research by Wes Schmid, VAA Director Emeritus, VAA 6688, EAA 3113 Conquering the vast Pacific ocean by air was a challenge still facing aviators in the late 1920s.  Ready to accept the challenge was Squadron Leader Charles E. Kingsford-Smith who on the morning of May 31, 1928 was prepared to takeoff from Oakland [&hellip…

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Straight and Level – October 2017

by Susan Dusenbury, VAA President, VAA 5721, EAA 55229 Fall is here or as I call it the “last hurrah” before old man winter curtails our fun flying.  I’ve always thought that some of the best events are the Saturday gatherings in the fall at someone’s private airport.  It’s a time to fly (in deliciously [&hellip…

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August 2017 AirMail

August 2017   AirMail Sign-Up   Past Issues   Website   Facebook   Twitter   Contact Us EAA Vintage Aircraft Association AirMail e-Newsletter Straight and Level By Susan Dusenbury, VAA President, VAA 5721, EAA 55229 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 is now a thing of the past. For those of us who made the annual sabbatical it was a magical time spent [&hellip…

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Straight and Level – August 2017

VAA 5721, EAA 55229 AirVenture 2017 is now a thing of the past. For those of us who made the annual sabbatical it was a magical time spent with family, friends and all things aviation. AirVenture 2017 was also one for the record books. It was a monumental statistical success with approximately 590,000 attending, an [&hellip…

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HIDDEN TREASURE: Vintage Tram Tours

by Barry Perlman, Vintage Red Barn Co-Chair After 33 years, it is time to increase the visibility of one of the gems of EAA’s convention – the Vintage Division’s Tram Tour. Begun in 1984 and run each convention since then by your hosts Jim and Mary LeFevre, who have overseen the tram tour all these [&hellip…

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OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: The First Nonstop Coast-To-Coast Flight

Intro and research by Wes Schmid, VAA 6688, EAA 3113 The first trans-continental flight across America was made in 1911, just 8 years after the Wright’s historic 59 second, 852 foot distance flown over the sands at Kitty Hawk  January 17, 1903.   But it took Calbraith “Cal” Perry Rodgers who took off from Sheepshead Bay, [&hellip…

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June Work Weekend a HUGE Success

  This past weekend (beginning on Wednesday) was a huge success which included over 40 Vintage Volunteers under the guidance of Maintenance Chairman Mike Blombach and Co-Chairs Wayne Wendorf and Al Hallett. There were many other EAA volunteers on the field and several of their crews installed our new brick walks and ramps. The weather [&hellip…

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Invitation to Join Friends of the Red Barn

Friends, One week out of each year a city of about 550,000 people is created. We know this city/event as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. During that one week EAA and its Divisions host a total of over 550,000 pilots and aviation enthusiasts along with their families and friends. With the support of our very capable officers, [&hellip…

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June 2017 AirMail

News for Vintage Aircraft Association Members JUNE 2017  EAA Vintage Aircraft Association AirMail e-Newsletter Straight and Level By Susan Dusenbury, VAA President, VAA 5721, EAA 55229 The buzz has started.  The excitement is building.  It’s all about the annual sabbatical that over 10,000 planes and pilots make to Oshkosh every year in July.  And, of [&hellip…

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