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Vintage Airplane Magazine


NEW for 2019:  Digital Edition of Vintage Airplane now online.

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OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: Our Flight to South America (4/19/2018)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… Read More
Winter is time for making stuff (4/19/2018)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… Read More
Spirit of Columbus (3/16/2018)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… Read More
Want to Start a Youth Program? Here is How One EAA Chapter Did It (2/18/2018)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… Read More
Vintage Champ Provides A Day of Glory for 80-Year-Old Pilot (12/17/2017)by Priscilla A. Crawford One day after his 80th birthday on August 19, J.E. Stuart received a surprise visit and was provided with a day that will be remembered and talked about for a long time. In considering ideas for their Dad’s birthday, Stuart’s daughters, Kathleen Stuart and Kara Barber, had looked through old photos [&hellip… Read More
Great Pilots, Great Airplanes (11/30/2017)by Eric Gourley, VAA 717193 I received a call one morning from Evan Haskell asking if I could teach him how to fly a pristine Beaver he and his father had recently purchased. Evan added that although he had quite a bit of time, it was mainly in a Cessna 206 on amphib floats. He [&hellip… Read More
OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: Global Joy-Ride (4/3/2017)Two Piper PA-12 Super Cruisers made super around-the-world OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS in 1947.  It all started in 1946 when two flight instructors at an airport near Washington, D. C. observed a newly certificated PA-12 taxi by and a comment made that with enough gas these aircraft were capable of flying around the world. Light aircraft–liaison aircraft–such [&hellip… Read More
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
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
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

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 Vintage, Susan Dusenbury, addresses the membership each month in her column.

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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