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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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Friends of the Red Barn

Contribute to Friends of the Red Barn Online Today or download our printable form for mail contributions. NEW for 2017:  Vintage Red Barn Gets Total Makeover. See details here. The Friends of the Red Barn Program is our only annual fund-raiser to support the VAA members, volunteers, and Vintage hospitality at Oshkosh. The VAA Red Barn [&hellip…

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Straignt & Level – June, 2017

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 course, there’s the other 450,000 or so who make the trek by other means—commercial airliner, camper, cars [&hellip…

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OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: Columbia Gem of the Ocean!

And what a Gem this Bellanca WB-2 aircraft was… 1926—WB-2 designed and built by Giuseppe Mario Bellanca 1926—Lt. C.C. Champion flying the WB-2 won all efficiency, speed and altitude records at National Air Races for U. S. Army 1927—first non-refueling endurance record of 54 hours 30 minutes Bert Acosta and Clarence Chamberlin 1927—New York across [&hellip…

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