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Vintage News

2022 Election Notice

Ballots for the 2022 Vintage Aircraft Association Board Election will arrive by mail in members’ mailboxes later this month. The board members running for re-election this year are:

• Susan Dusenbury- President
• Dan Wood- Secretary
• Steve Nesse- Director

To be counted, your ballot must be received at the Vintage office of the EAA Headquarters on or before July 10, 2022.

2022 VAA Work Weekends

Can’t wait until July to spend time in Vintage Village on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh grounds? Be a part of our 2022 Volunteer Work Weekends! There’s lots to do in order to get ready for all the visitors who will arrive in a few months, and the majority of it is done by our wonderful volunteers. Help with yard work, minor repairs, and new projects, all while spending time with a group of great people! You’ll also be treated to lunch and dinner prepared by our Tall Pines Café Chairman Steve Nesse and his crew. Join us on the following dates:

• May 20 – 22
• June 24 – 26

If you have any questions, call or email Amy at 920-426-6110 or alemke@eaa.org

Bonanza 75th Anniversary Merchandise Available Now!

Get a jump-start on the VAA’s celebration of the Beechcraft Bonanza 75th Anniversary taking place at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with exclusive Bonanza gear! 

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!

VAA To Host Beechcraft Bonanza Diamond Jubilee At AirVenture 2022!

Bonanza fans won’t want to miss this special celebration at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022! In addition to forums and events, there will be limited edition Bonanza themed merchandise available for purchase in the Vintage Red Barn Store. Watch for more information in the coming months!

VAA Welcomes New Advisers to the Board of Directors

The Vintage Aircraft Association was happy to include four out of our five new Advisers during the Fall Board Meeting that took place on Thursday, November 21, 2021 in Oshkosh. We welcome (L-R) Maxwell Wenglarz, Luke Lachendro, Kathy McGurran, and Charlie Waterhouse! Jesse Clement was unable to attend, but we look forward to his involvement in the future!

2020 VAA Hall of Fame inductee Steven Dyer

2021 VAA Hall of Fame inductee Steve Nesse

Clyde “Cub Doctor” Smith, Steve Dyer, Jim Dyer, & Lucas Dyer

Steven Dyer and Steven Nesse Inducted into the EAA Halls of Fame

On Thursday November 11th, 2021, Steven Dyer and Steven Nesse were welcomed into the EAA Halls of Fame as the Vintage Aircraft Association 2020 and 2021 inductees at a ceremony held in the Eagle Hangar of the EAA Museum. VAA President Susan Dusenbury was on hand to help EAA President Jack Pelton present the awards. We’re proud to honor both men with this prestigious recognition. Congratulations to both!

Congratulations to our 2021 Vintage Volunteers of the Year!

Each year at AirVenture, Vintage recognizes exceptional volunteerism with two awards- The Flight Line Volunteer of the Year and the Behind the Scenes Volunteer of the Year. This year we’re proud to honor three volunteers among the two categories: 

Behind the Scenes Volunteer of the Year- Patti Hytry
Flight Line Volunteer of the Year- Joe Harmison
Flight Line Volunteer of the Year- Ron Brainard

Click the button below to read more about these dedicated individuals! 

2021 Vintage In Review Interviews Available Online

Whether you missed a day, were unable to attend AirVenture 2021 in person, or just want to see an interview again, all five days of Ray Johnson’s “Vintage In Review” are available to watch HERE!

2021 Vintage Aircraft Association Award Winning Aircraft

Congratulations to the winners who received recognition at the 2021 Vintage Aircraft Association Awards Ceremony on Saturday, July 31st! A record number of vintage airplanes were on the field for EAA AirVenture 2021, and while each one is special, the hard work and dedication put into restoring and maintaining a select few gained special honor. You can see the winners of each category in the links below!

Antique Award Winners
Classic Award Winners
Contemporary Award Winners