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Marcy-1 Celebrating my girlfriend’s 70th birthday… (7/13/2016)by Randy Phillips, VAA 722809 For some reason, my wife doesn’t like me going out to seedy bars anymore and talking to strange women. Imagine that! Marcy(my wife) and I have been together(off and on) for 29 years. Some really good times and some pretty rough. The same can be said for my relationship with [&hellip… Read More
gleb-2 YOUTH IN ACTION: Gleb Liashedko (1/25/2016)by Ron Alexander, VAA 27150 For the past couple of years I have been writing an article in AirMail about “Airport’s in Action.”  In each issue we have presented several EAA and VAA Chapters around the country whose membership places a priority on developing young people.  I have been very pleased to find that a [&hellip… Read More
Buck Hilbert's son Elroy outside the Vintage Red Barn in the early days (c. 1974) Fond Memories of an Oshkosh Airport Kid (3/23/2015)by Tom Bartenstein, EAA 225662 This story is over forty years in the making. I’m not a pilot, mechanic, or plane builder. I am, however, a lifelong aviation enthusiast. I enjoy being around all things aviation…people, places, and things. It all started in 1970, when the EAA convention moved from Rockford, Illinois to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. [&hellip… Read More
June-bug Blast from the Past: The Flight of the June Bug (3/23/2015)From the September, 1976 issue of Vintage Airplane (All back issues are archived in the Members Only section). By Merill Stickler Curator of Curtiss Museum Hammondsport, NY 14840 All Photos by Mike Mandiak.  June 23, 1976, the long awaited day of the bicentennial celebration dawned with an overcast sky on the sleepy cross roads of [&hellip… Read More
Jennies 1989: From Jennnies to Jets (2/24/2015)From then president Butch Joyce’s Straight and Level column in the October, 1989 Vintage Airplane: “Those of us who had the privilege of attending EAA Oshkosh ’89 will have the memory of seeing no fewer than six Jennies. A number of people expressed their delight in seeing those aircraft flying. Several older pilots told me [&hellip… Read More
Jets-To-Jennies Blast from the Past: From Jets to Jennies (2/23/2015)From Jets To Jennies Ken Hyde’s 1987 Antique Grand Champion Curtiss JN4D “When Ken Hyde (EAA 37179, AIC 133), R. R. 5, Box 294, Warrenton, VA 22186 landed his Curtiss Jenny on the grass at Wittman Field during Oshkosh ’87, it was the culmination of a long-time dream come true. Ken‘s love affair with Jennys [&hellip… Read More
ResurectionOfaSpartan-2 Shiny Reflection from the Past: The Resurrection of a Spartan (2/18/2015)“Restoration” is perhaps a more technically accurate term to describe the process some antique airplane enthusiasts go through to put their old birds back in flying condition, but in a few cases the amount and extent of the work is such that a stronger word seems necessary to more fully describe the blood, sweat and [&hellip… Read More
aa-dc-3 Flash from the past: The Flagship Detroit DC-3 (1/8/2015)  Click the link below to read Sparky Barnes Sargent’s article on this amazing plane from the September, 2006 issue of Vintage Airplane. The Flagship Detroit DC-3: Grand Old Lady of American Airlines    … Read More
Photo courtesy of Amy Adams, North Carolina Aviation Museum. The Flitfire Cub: Piper’s Little Known Pre-WWII Contribution (4/8/2014)Piper Built Special Cubs to Aid Royal Air Force War Veterans By T.S. “Max” Platts, VAA Lifetime #722088  When speaking of the brave Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots who repelled the Nazi invasion of their homeland, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said that “Never was so much, owed by so many, to so few.”  The [&hellip… Read More
ScreaminSasquatch2 The Screamin’ Sasquatch (12/15/2013)The information about this beautiful one-of-a-kind was sent to us by Brent Renneke.  Scroll down for more info. John Klatt Airshows and Jack Link’s Beef Jerky teamed up to create a one of a kind plane, the Screamin Sasquatch., which is powered by two different engines. The plane style is a Jet Waco, first introduced [&hellip… Read More

Back issues of Vintage Airplane are available online in the Members Only section.

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Vintage Aircraft Association members receive a full color, multi-page magazine devoted to the aircraft and people of the vintage aircraft movement. Vintage Airplane features articles detailing the restoration and history of aircraft rebuilt by members, as well as historical pieces consisting of the recollections of those who were active during the heyday of these aircraft.

Also included on a regular basis are features presenting historical images from the EAA and VAA archives, as well as columns by members who volunteer their time and talents to the Association. The president of the Vintage Division, Geoff Robison addresses the membership each month in his column, Straight & Level.

Robert G Lock, “The Vintage Mechanic,” shares with us his restoration and repair techniques. He brings over 50 years of aircraft maintenance experience as an instructor and A&P mechanic, with a specialization on antique aircraft. Bob has restored a pair of New Standard D-25 biplanes, and well as two restorations on his Command-Aire 5C3.

Regular contributors Sparky Barnes Sargent and Budd Davisson, as well as Vintage Airplane Editor, Jim Busha, and other authors share fascinating and thorough coverage of yesteryears’ beautiful aircraft that have been recently restored or preserved; sharing their expertise and love of vintage aircraft.

Vintage Members are encouraged to share their expertise, restoration know-how, and experiences with their aircraft. Features such as Aeromail and What Our Members Are Restoring are another way members have an opportunity to participate in their monthly magazine.

Type Club members periodically share their knowledge of their particular aircraft, adding to the repertoire of aviation experience and knowledge. A list of  Vintage Aircraft Chapters is also included a few times each year.

If it’s happening in the world of vintage aircraft, you’ll read about it in Vintage Airplane.

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