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Vintage Airplane “Extras”


Full back issues of Vintage Airplane are available for purchase here and also in the free archives in our Members Only section.

Since space is limited in Vintage Airplane, photos and articles below include featured reprints, previews of upcoming issues, or longer articles which just didn’t fit into Vintage Airplane.

Great Pilots, Great Airplanes (11/30/2017)by Eric Gourley, VAA 717193  (reprinted from the March, 2011 Vintage Airplane) 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 [&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
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
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
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
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
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



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