Countdown to EAA AirVenture 2023
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.
Forrest Lovley to Be Inducted into VAA Hall of Fame
Vintage Aircraft Association member Forrest Lovley, who has restored over 15 vintage aircraft, will be inducted into the VAA Hall of Fame during the annual EAA Halls of Fame ceremony on Thursday, November 10th. To read more about Forrest and his accomplishments, visit his page in our Hall of Fame section here.
2022 Vintage in Review Videos Now Available!
Whether you didn’t get a chance to make it to Oshkosh for AirVenture 2022, or you want a second look at an interview you saw in person, videos from all five days are availble to view here!
2022 Vintage Aircraft Awards
The annual Vintage Awards Ceremony at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Saturday, July 30th honored a select group of airplanes and owners who exemplify the best of the vintage aircraft movement. Take a look at the winners from each category below!
Congratulations to EAA Vintage Chapter 2!
EAA Vintage Chapter 2 of Spring, Texas, was recently awarded a plaque recognizing 30 years of support of the EAA Young Eagles Program! More than 2 million young people have enjoyed a free introductory flight through the Young Eagles program. These flights are made possible through the generosity of EAA Chapter member volunteers.
To learn more about the program, visint the EAA Young Eagles website here.
VAA in the News
Spectrum News was in Oshkosh on Monday and talked with our very own Vintage volunteer Jim Cunningham about setting up the Bookstore! Click Here to view the video!
Take a closer look at The Mid America Flight Museum’s spectacular, Lindy-winning 1929 Travel Air 6000, one of the highlights of the Vintage area this past summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021. Click below to learn more about this amazing aircraft and hear from its team of dedicated restorers.
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!