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Vintage News

New 2023 VAA Merchandise Available Online NOW!

We’re working hard to stock the VAA Red Barn Store with BRAND NEW merchandise for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023, but you can get your hands on a sampling of items online NOW at our webstore! Click the button below to check out the collection!

VAA Special Events at
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023

The Vintage Aircraft Association is proud to host two special anniversaries at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2023!

Over 100 Cessna 170’s will gather on the Vintage grounds for the 75th Anniversary Vintage Reunion. There will be forums, special merchandise in the Red Barn Store, and interviews at Vintage in Review hosted by Ray Johnson in Rose Plaza.

The Continental A-40 engine 90th Anniversary Celebration will feature at least a dozen A-40 powered aircraft along with displays, forums, and a cutaway engine in the Vintage Hangar. One of the planes attending will be flying in with a single-bladed Everel propeller!

Keep an eye out here for a more detailed schedule of events as forums and interviews are finalized in the coming weeks!

Thank You Work Weekend Volunteers!

A successful VAA Work Weekend is in the books! Volunteers came to Oshkosh from as far away as New Hampshire on the East Coast and Seattle on the West Coast, and all sorts of places in between. Some of the projects they worked on included improvements to the Metal Shaping Workshop, building a Coffee Kiosk for Tall Pines Café, organizing the Bookstore, and making a safer stage for the Vintage Hangar. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped!

Important Note: Because our volunteers accomplished so much, the June Work Weekend scheduled for 6/23/23 to 6/25/23 has been cancelled.

Volunteer with Vintage!

We’re looking for awesome volunteers to make the Vintage Aircraft Association’s Vintage Village the best possible experience for visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023! We have many different areas where help is needed, including parking airplanes on our Flight Line, serving breakfast at Tall Pines Café, and welcoming guests in our Hospitality Center, just to name a few. Come see why more than 600 people volunteer for Vintage every year! You can learn more about available opportunities by clicking HERE

Volunteer for Vintage- Where The FUN Is!

Join Us for Vintage Work Weekends

Want to help prepare the Vintage area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration? Come be a part of our Work Weekends May 19-21 and June 23-25, where volunteers will work on cleaning, repair, and updates to the Vintage buildings and grounds. Lunch and dinner will be served on Friday and Saturday. For more information, email vintage@eaa.org.

New Parts Program Big Win for Vintage Fleet

Thanks to years of EAA’s advocacy efforts, the FAA has unveiled a new program for the use of off-the-shelf parts in type-certificated aircraft. This is the first approval granted under the new Vintage Aircraft Replacement and Modification Article (VARMA) program, the next big step in keeping vintage aircraft flying.

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Cessna 170 Anniversary Merchandise Available Now!

Arrive in style at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023 in one of our exclusive t-shirts highlighting the Vintage Aircraft Association’s 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Cessna 170! And of course, plan to stop by the Red Barn Store in person for even more great merchandise featuring all your favorite vintage aircraft! 

90 Years of General Aviation Powered by the Continental A-40 Engine

VAA member Mark W. Stewart shares a brief history of the Continental A-40 engine in an article you can read here!

OSH22 Vintage- Yesterday’s Best

The Vintage area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is where the early days of civil aviation come to life. Take a closer look at some of the lovingly maintained classics that were proudly displayed during AirVenture Oshkosh 2022. Head over to EAA’s YouTube Channel to check out “Yesterday’s Best- Vintage Aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022”! 

VAA In EAA’s Sport Aviation Magazine

Be sure to check out the December issue of EAA’s Sport Aviation magazine, which will feature some great vintage content! “Yesterday’s Best” highlights vintage aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022. “A Lindbergh Legacy” tells the story of the Brunner-Winkle Bird that sat in front of the Vintage Red Barn during the event, and VAA members Dave and Jeanne Allen’s fleet of planes take center stage in “Dave and Jeanne Allen: Flying Into The Golden Age In Salient Style”. Digital Extras are also available at EAA.org/Extras and EAA.org/Videos

Forrest Lovley Welcomed as Vintage Aircraft Association Inductee at EAA’s Halls of Fame Ceremony

On Thursday, November 10th, five new members were welcomed into the EAA Halls of Fame during the annual induction dinner held in the Eagle Hangar. Among them was Vintage Aircraft Association inductee Forrest Lovley. 

Lovley has had a lifelong passion for vintage aviation, and among his award-winning restorations were an original Model-A Pietenpol Sky Scout with a Chevrolet Vega auto engine, which received Best Auto-Powered Homebuilt at the 1972 EAA Fly-In Convention at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Five years later, he restored the Kari-Keen Sioux Coupe, one of the only 32 Kari-Keen Sioux Coupes ever built, which won the event’s 1977 Grand Champion Antique award. In 1980, Forrest rebuilt the Wittman Big X, a one-of-a-kind build from 1945 by the legendary air racer and designer Steve Wittman. Along with his restoration skills, Lovley is renowned throughout the vintage aircraft community for his knowledge of aviation history, as well as aircraft types, engines, and more.

You can read more about Forrest in our VAA Hall of Fame section here.

2022 Vintage Volunteers of the Year

The Vintage Aircraft Association is proud to recognize two outstanding individuals as our 2022 Volunteers of the Year. Congratulations to Michael Surls, Flightline Volunteer of the Year, and Jim Brown, Behind the Scenes Volunteer of the Year. Both were honored at the VAA Fall Board Meeting that took place on Thursday, November 10th at the EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh.

You can read more about both Michael and Jim on our Volunteer of the Year page here.

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.

Did You Know?

The award-winning EAA YouTube Channel has a playlist dedicated exclusivly to vintage aircraft! At this time there are currently over 40 videos featuring interviews with airplane owners, great aerial footage, stories of restorations and more. You’ll also be able to re-live AirVenture at Vintage Village from years past. Be sure to check it out!