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Become a Friend of the Red Barn TODAY
Our Red Barn and Vintage Hangar complex is the center of Vintage activity each year at Oshkosh.
Friends of the Red Barn is our one fundraiser each year when we ask those members and friends who can to provide additional support for year-round VAA activities.
Learn more about FORB and how you can help Vintage by becoming an FORB member. (read more).
Airport Action: Vintage Chapter 29 and 2,900 Young Eagles
By Ron Alexander, VAA 27150
We all know that we need to do our part to bring youth into aviation. Chapter 29 states “Our primary goal at Chapter 29 is to inspire new pilots.”
This chapter hosts 11 Young Eagle events each year. In 2013 they flew over 350 young people. So far this year they have flown over 200 Young Eagles. Just a few weeks ago the Chapter broke another record by flying over 120 kids during an open house. This was accomplished by 7 dedicated pilots and a hardworking ground crew. (read more)
Vintage Oshkosh 2014
This year we will feature the Classic post war boom, September 1945 thru March 1947, which saw well over 30,000 civil aircraft produced within the United States.
As Geoff notes (see details on the left) additional flightline volunteers will be needed
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Just a reminder that flightline volunteers get the best view of the airshow.
Check the AirVenture Oshkosh
page on the newly launched EAA website for more details (and check out the rest of the new site if you haven’t already).
June Mystery Airplane
This should be an easy one for our knowledgeable VAA members—a rather conventional 2-place biplane that made an appearance in the late 1920s.
Click here or below to view a full size image and submit your response, including your name city and state with descriptive copy identifying the Mystery Plane.
Why I Fly Vintage Airplanes
By T.S. “Max” Platts, VAA Lifetime 722088
I started learning how to fly in 2006 during my junior year in high school. For me, this was a realization of a lifelong dream, having been completely obsessed with aviation since I was in the fifth grade. My parents were both pilots, and even though they didn’t fly while I was growing up, they still were very supportive of my decision to start flying lessons. There are very few options for places to learn to fly where I grew up in Wyoming. So I finally settled on joining a flying club in Laramie, which was 100 miles away from home. I didn’t go out for football my senior year (a serious faux pas in a small town with a successful football program) and worked every day after school at the local grocery store to finance this endeavor. Finally after getting everything in order, I took my first lesson and I was hooked. (read more)
April Mystery – Many Winners
Quite a number of correct answers were received for our April Mystery Airplane—the first being submitted by Evan Phillips who identified the twin engine aircraft as the Stout ST-1, a Navy torpedo plane.
Others who submitted correct answers included: Larry Cote, Hugh Metzler, Hank Dahl, Charlie Tilghman, Michael McCormick, Lynn Towns, Mike Brown, Robert Still, Larry Harmacinski, Don DeVoe, Scott Webster, Steve Chess, Tom Hammitt, Bill Bosma, Stuart Bain and Wayne Muxlow.
Click here or on the image below for more photos and the excellent in-depth article by Wesley Smith on the Stout ST-1.
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