Countdown to EAA AirVenture 2024
It is with great sadness that the Vintage Aircraft Association announces the death of VAA Director Emeritus Bob Lumley, who passed away on Tuesday, January 30th, 2024.
A native of Athens, Georgia, Bob retired as vice president of a Milwaukee-based construction firm. He soloed in 1968 in a Piper PA-11 and held a commercial pilot certificate. Bob was a lifetime EAA and Vintage Aircraft Association member. He was also a charter member of VAA Chapter 11 in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
A volunteer since 1981, Bob designed and managed the construction of additions to the iconic Vintage Red Barn, the Vintage Hangar, as well as other Vintage buildings. For years Bob also managed the Red Barn Gift Shoppe. Bob was also a volunteer at Pioneer Airport, participating in its Young Eagles program with more than 300 missions. He served as Santa for the EAA AirVenture Museum “Christmas In The Air” program and was on the Vintage Nominating Committee. Bob served as Chairman of Vintage Pioneer Video during AirVenture. In 2009 Bob was a recipient of EAA’s President’s Award.
The Vintage Aircraft Association is excited to host Aeronca Nation 2024 at this summer’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Learn how to participate with your Aeronca or Champion by clicking the button below for more information!
John Parish, Sr. Inducted into EAA’s Halls of Fame
On Thursday, November 9th, five new members were welcomed into the EAA Halls of Fame during the annual induction dinner held in the museum’s Eagle Hangar. Representing the Vintage Aircraft Association was inductee John Parish, Sr.
You can read more about John as well as watch a video highlighting his involvement in the world of aviation here.
L to R- VAA 2023 Flightline Volunteer of the Year Paula Gruizenga,
Dennis Gruizenga, VAA President Susan Dusenbury, and
Flightline Chairmen Michael Kosta, Patty Dorlac, and Kathy McGurran
VAA President Susan Dusenbury with VAA 2023 Behind the Scenes Volunteer of the Year Mary Wendorf
Newly retired VAA Tall Pines Café Chairman Steve Nesse and
VAA President Susan Dusenbury
VAA Volunteers Recognized
Several outstanding Vintage volunteers were recognized during the 2023 VAA Fall Board Meeting on Thursday, November 9th at the EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh. Flightline Volunteer of the Year Paula Gruizenga (pictured at left with her father, Dennis Guizenga- recipient of the 1994 VAA Volunteer of the Year award) and Behind the Scenes Volunteer of the Year Mary Wendorf were presented with engraved clocks to commemorate them for their exceptional service. You can read more about both Paula and Mary by visiting our Volunteer of the Year section.
In addition, newly retired Tall Pines Café Chairman Steve Nesse was presented with a plaque celebrating more than 20 years of leadership at the popular AirVenture breakfast spot. You can read more about Steve in the President’s Letter of the November/December 2023 issue of Vintage Airplane magazine.
Congratulations to these dedicated and much-appreciated volunteers!
The Charles W. Harris Youth Aviation Center- Coming July 2024!
The Vintage Aircraft Association’s Charles W. Harris Youth Aviation Center is slated to open at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024 and will serve as an exciting place for future generations of aviation. Learn more about the building, see updates as they become available, and find out how you can leave a lasting legacy by purchasing a commemorative brick to be placed on the patio.
It’s Sweatshirt Season!
Gear up for cool weather with our cozy hooded sweatshirts! Whether you’re attending an aviation event like a fall fly-in or pancake breakfast, or hitting up the local pumpkin patch, you’ll look great while staying warm and comfortable!
Click the button below to be taken to the Vintage section of EAA’s webstore. Alternatively, if you’re already visiting the EAA webstore, click “Special Interest” in the darker blue bar at the top of the page and select Vintage.
Webinar- Vintage Aircraft Parts Substitution
Click HERE to be taken to the EAA website, where you can watch the webinar, which originally took place on August 17, 2023. Note that you’ll need to log into your EAA account in order to view the content.
2023 VAA Aircraft Award Winners
Check out the winners of this year’s Antique, Classic, and Contemporary aircraft awards below!
The Best of Times by VAA
Director Emeritus Ronald Fritz
Vintage Aircraft Association Director Emeritus Ronald Fritz recently shared an account of his involvement with aviation, EAA, and the EAA Antique/Classic Division (now VAA). You can read his story here.