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April 2018
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Straight and Level

Straight and LevelBy Susan Dusenbury, VAA President, VAA 5721, EAA 55229

At the writing of this letter I imagine that many of you are making preparations for your annual sabbatical to Oshkosh for the convention. All of us here at Vintage headquarters are doing the same only more so. We are basically “going in all directions” to get everything organized and in place. Of interest to all of you, of course, are the events that will be taking place in the Vintage area.As usual, we are expecting a vast array of pristine airplanes to grace our flightline. I hesitate to list the planes as some are still in the final stages of restoration and may not be completed in time to fly to AirVenture 2018.Full column >>


Member Survey Completed – Thank You Vintage Members

Our first comprehensive member survey closed on April 1, 2018. The results were truly amazing. Fifty-two percent of our members completed the survey. We had responses from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, and 17 countries including four Australian states and eight Canadian provinces – truly representing our worldwide membership. Hundreds of you provided a wide range of written comments and suggestions. The Vintage Board will begin the process of sorting through the many responses at the next board meeting on May 10, 2018. Your input is invaluable as the board develops long range plans for the association. We will provide more detailed reports both here and in Vintage Airplane.

Aeromart Tags Go On Sale May 1Aeromart Tags Go On Sale May 1

Spring cleaning? Get money for your unused airplane parts. Save time at AirVenture. You can preregister your Aeromart items prior to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 starting May 1, 2018.The EAA Aeromart is managed by the volunteers of the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association under the capable leadership of Chairman Paul Kyle with more than 80 Vintage Volunteers. With a deep core of active convention volunteers, the VAA is ready to help match vendors with visitors in search of “just the right part.”Call it a swap meet, consignment sale, or clean out the hangar sale; Aeromart provides one of the best places for individuals to sell their extra aircraft parts and other aviation related items.If you’ve sold items through Aeromart in the past you know that pre-ordering sales tags before heading to AirVenture saves lots of time and energy.Learn more >>

Gone West: Joe ChampagneGone West: Joe Champagne

A few weeks back Joe Champagne who was one of our most dedicated AirVenture/Vintage attendees took his final flight west. Joe (who attended 41 consecutive EAA conventions!) became somewhat of a cultural icon in the Vintage area while keeping in touch with his upbringing by cooking Cajun gumbo for dinner and flapjacks for breakfast for his friends and the friends of his friends during convention.The area where Joe and company camped is appropriately named the “Cajun Condo” which is sort of like having a town named for you! We will miss Joe’s famous Cajun gumbo and flapjacks but most of all we will miss having Joe around.

We need your articles and photos…

Many of you commented that you would like to see more local news, especially great places to fly and what members are restoring. We would love to print more of these type articles, but we need to know what members are doing. Send articles, photo essays and chapter news to and we will share your news.

Outstanding Flights: My Glider Trip Across the ContinentOutstanding Flights: Our Flight to South America
Intro and research by Wes Schmid, VAA Director Emeritus, VAA 6688, EAA 3113

During World War I, American bombers were open cockpit, tube, wood and fabric biplanes, but in the early 1930s two new aircraft revolutionized U.S. Army Air Corps bomber designs.
The first was Boeing’s all-metal YB-9, (Model 215) a semi-stressed skin fuselage open cockpit monoplane with a wingspan of 76 feet, providing a range of 1,150 miles and a top speed of 186 mph. It could carry a 2,400-pound bomb load. It was powered by two P&W R-1860 Hornet B radial engines. The first flight was in 1931.The second was the Glenn L. Martin Company’s B-10 bomber that won the Collier Trophy in 1932 for the most outstanding achievement in American aviation. The medium bomber entered USAAC service in 1934.Full article >>

Winter is Time for Making StuffWinter Is Time for Making Stuff
By Jim Wilson, VAA 17495, EAA 29605

Reprinted from ANTIQUE AIRWAYS,
the newsletter of the Carolinas Virginia Antique Airplane Foundation, Inc. (Vintage Chapter 3)
I was running out of stuff to do, so a local “friend” convinced me to make up and install an all new engine cowling on his Luscombe.“I already have a Univair nose bowl, top and bottom hydroformed parts…couple of days we can knock it out”…so said this “friend” as he sprinted out the door to take my Cub home so I would have hangar space for the Luscombe.I spent my allotted three days just getting the first steps thought out.Full article >>
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