Who We Are
The EAA Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) brings together people from around the world who share an interest in the aircraft of yesteryear. This common bond is sustained by VAA at AirVenture, local chapters, activities and publications. Our beautiful full-color magazine, Vintage Airplane, is published six times per year and is a major member benefit.
Since we were established in 1971, the VAA has been working to keep aviation history alive.
We are the largest organization in the world dedicated to the preservation and restoration of vintage aircraft. The strength of EAA helps VAA further the causes of vintage aviation.
We invite you to browse these pages, learn more about who we are, and consider joining us as a member of VAA.
Our mission is to encourage and aid the retention and restoration of antique, historical, classical and contemporary aircraft, and to improve aviation safety and education.
We work to fulfill our mission through the following activities:
- Provide a rich and inspiring presence at Oshkosh AirVenture each year with over 500 Vintage Volunteers and more than 1000 vintage aircraft.
- Encourage and aid the retention and restoration of historical Antique, Classic and Contemporary aircraft;
- Host meetings, displays and educational programs relating to aviation with emphasis on restoration, maintenance and care of historical Antique, Classic and Contemporary aircraft;
- Improve aviation safety and aviation education;
- Band together those persons interested in historical Antique, Classic and Contemporary aircraft for their mutual pleasure, recreation and education.
Our Member Volunteers
The core of Vintage is its volunteers … from the person parking airplanes on the Vintage flightline at AirVenture.to our local chapter members. to our directors and officers- all volunteers. Vintage Volunteers, some of them who work year-round and around the world, are the engine that keeps the dream aloft. During the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, regional fly-ins and local chapter activities, hundreds of people donate their time and energy to ensure that all members enjoy themselves. In the process, we find a new and sometimes surprising benefit of volunteerism … meeting our fellow volunteers and creating a large extended family. For many of us it’s not just the airplanes that bring us back to Oshkosh each year, but the many friends we’ve made as we work side-by-side.