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OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: Our Flight to South America

Intro and research by Wes Schmid, VAA Director Emeritus, VAA 6688, EAA 3113 Since World War I, American bombers were open cockpit, tube, wood and fabric biplanes, but in the early 1930s there were two new aircraft that revolutionized U.S. Army Air Corp. bomber designs. The first was Boeing’s all-metal YB-9, (Model 215) a semi-stressed [&hellip…

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Winter is time for making stuff

By Jim Wilson, VAA 17495, EAA 29605 Reprinted from ANTIQUE AIRWAYS, the newsletter of the Carolinas Virginia Antique Airplane Foundation, Inc. (Vintage Chapter 3) I was running out of stuff to do, so a local “friend” convinced me to make up and install an all new engine cowling on his Luscombe. “I already have a [&hellip…

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Straight and Level – April 2018

  by Susan Dusenbury, VAA President, VAA 5721, EAA 55229 At the writing of this letter I imagine that many of you are making preparations for your annual sabbatical to Oshkosh for the convention.  All of us here at Vintage headquarters are doing the same only more so.  We are basically “going in all directions” [&hellip…

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Spirit of Columbus

by Sparky Barnes Sargent (reprinted from Vintage Airplane March/April 2016) Quick, how many American women have flown around the world solo in a single-engine airplane? Still thinking? The answer is two. Now, can you name either one of these intrepid women? If you’re stumped, we’ll make it easy for you: In 1964, Geraldine “Jerrie” Fredritz [&hellip…

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Member Satisfaction Survey Closing March 30th

UPDATE: March 11, 2018 LAST CHANCE to complete our Member Survey.  The online survey will be closing on March 30th.  Over 2000 members have already completed their survey. We value your input.  If you began the survey but did not complete it, you can re-open the survey from the email sent to you.  If you [&hellip…

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February 2018 AirMail

News for Vintage Aircraft Association Members February 2018 EAA Vintage Aircraft Association AirMail e-Newsletter Straight and Level By Susan Dusenbury, VAA President, VAA 5721, EAA 55229 On February 8 your board of directors and advisors along with a host of our volunteers met at Flabob Airport in Riverside/Rubidoux, California for our annual midwinter board meeting. [&hellip…

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Outstanding Flights: My Glider Trip Across the Continent and We Glider Hopped the Atlantic

Intro and research by Wes Schmid, VAA Director Emeritus, VAA 6688, EAA 3113 Frank Hawks set hundreds of speed records in the 1920s and 30s flying some of that periods fastest, high performance aircraft. One record, however, was not a speed record. It started March 30, 1930 in a glider, towed by an airplane across [&hellip…

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Straight and Level – February 2018

by Susan Dusenbury, VAA President, VAA 5721, EAA 55229 On February 8,th your board of directors and advisors along with a host of our volunteers met at Flabob Airport in Riverside/Rubidoux, California for our annual midwinter board meeting. The midwinter board meeting is designed to cover and complete some of the business of the organization [&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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Want to Start a Youth Program? Here is How One EAA Chapter Did It

by Jana Brown, Education Coordinator, EAA Chapter 1083 I am responding to an article in the July/August issue of Vintage Airplane regarding Youth Aviation Programs. I am a member of EAA Chapter 1083 in Salisbury, NC. We began a summer day camp, ASCEND- Aviation Summer Camp: Exploring New Dimensions in 2011. In 2017 we completed our [&hellip…

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