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537 VAA Volunteers Log 26,832 AV Hours
WOW. Please read those numbers again. 537 of you logged hours at OSHKOSH AirVenture 2014 for a total of 26,832 hours or an average of 49.97 hours per volunteer!
2014 was our best year ever for active Vintage Volunteers.
Coordinated by Vintage Volunteer Center chair Gerry Larkin and her team at the booth, our turnout of both new and returning volunteers continues to grow.
Each of you, whether you gave a couple hours or more than 200, helped us to have the smoothest convention in recent history.
Oshkosh 2014 Lindy Award Winners
Click here or on one of the images to see all of this year’s Oshkosh Vintage Lindy Award Winners.
Antique Grand Champion
Marlin Horst, Bird in Hand, PA
1929 Fairchild 71, N9708
Classic Grand Champion
Dillon Barron, Perry, MO
1954 Cessna 170B, N1899C
Contemporary Grand Champion
Raymond Cook, Spring Grove, IL
1959 Piper PA-18, N4273S
Airport Action: “Delta Gold” Chapter 25
Vintage Chapter 25 does not a have home field; it is a Chapter of flyers, travelers, and aircraft enthusiasts who meet each December in the Aviators Restaurant at Sacramento Executive Airport to set up a calendar of events at different locations for the upcoming year. Members share help and advice frequently, thanks to email, cell phones, and meetings that roam. (read more)
Vintage Volunteers of the Year
Each year at OSHKOSH AirVenture two volunteers are selected who best exemplify the hard-working spirit of Vintage Volunteers. One volunteer is selected as Flight Line Volunteer, representing our largest and most visible volunteer group. One other volunteer is selected as Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer, representing all of the additional service areas provided by Vintage.
Chris Haeffner from St. Peters, Missouri is this year’s Flight Line Volunteer of the Year. Chris has been volunteering with Vintage for 13 years, beginning as an airplane parker.
This award was started on our Flight Line by Art Morgan, long-time board member and Flight Line Chairman at Oshkosh.
Upon Art’s death this award was renamed in his honor and his Oshkosh call-sign, Antique 1, was retired.
Mary Knutson from Lodi, WI is this year’s Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer of the year.
Mary, who has volunteered with Vintage for 8 years, is also part of a dedicated Vintage Volunteer family.
Mary’s husband Dan is also a long-time volunteer, serving as a Vintage board member and currently treasurer of the association.
October Mystery Airplane
Can you identify this aircraft?
This little known biplane that appeared in the late 1920s may be a challenge for even our most knowledgeable aviation historians, so give it a try.
Click here or on the image above to view a full size image and submit your response, including your name city and state with descriptive copy identifying the Mystery Plane.
August Mystery Plane:
Of the many responses received for the VAA August Mystery Plane only one correct identification was received, the one submitted by Larry Cole who identified the aircraft as a Thunderbird W-14.
Click here or on the image below for more photos and to read Wesley Smith’s thoroughly researched article about the General Aircraft Corporation W-14 Thunderbird that follows.
OSHKOSH 2015 – July 20th thru July 26th, 2015
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