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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.

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
aircraft_tiedown-1 Preparing for AirVenture – Aircraft Tiedowns (6/22/2013)“As you walk through the rows of aircraft on display at Oshkosh and other gatherings throughout the country, you will find quite a variety of tiedown methods.  Some are good, while others leave a lot to be desired…“ Thus begins the excellent 1993 Vintage Airplane article below on Tiedowns and Control Locks by Harold Armstrong.  [&hellip… Read More
SR5a March-April Featured Preview – Pay It Forward (2/22/2013)By Harry G. Ballance, Jr. My father, Harry G. Ballance, Senior, was the Southeastern Division manager of Twentieth Fox Film Corporation.  As such, he had branch offices in Charlotte, Jacksonville, Houston, New Orleans, Memphis, Dallas and Oklahoma City, in addition to Atlanta.  He had about five hundred people working directly for him.  One of his [&hellip… Read More



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