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Geoff Says…Geoff Robison photoWelcome back to the EAA Vintage AircraftAssociation’s Vintage Air-Mail e-Newsletter.

I certainly hope that those of you who were in attendance at the Oshkosh 2015 event had as much fun as I did! What a year we had!

The Bill & Myrt Rose Park turned out amazingly well, and it was a huge hit among our guests and members. The video of the opening day ceremony that took place in our VAA Interview Circle is on-line at

We had a really good time during the dedication and recognition of the Rose family’s generosity. The front yard of the famous Vintage Red Barn has never looked better.

We were also very much pleased to complete the next phase of improvements at our Tall Pines Cafe’ at the south end of the field. The Cafe’ now has a concrete floor so you can enjoy your breakfast without the worries of keeping your socks dry.

The Vintage Maintenance Crew was tasked with a lot of projects throughout the year leading up to the 2015 Event!

To the chairmen of this group, and to all of the work party Volunteers who would drive hundreds of miles to help complete the many tasks at hand in preparation for the 2015 Oshkosh event we can never thank you enough for your hard work and dedication to the Vintage Association. You guys and gals Rock!

That said, I also need to thank the hundreds of volunteers who show up every year to assist us with the myriad of responsibilities of making the event what it is today! Safety is always job one and we had a very safe year.

From aircraft parking & judging to popping popcorn you folks are the best among the thousands of Volunteers at EAA, and you need to know you are sincerely appreciated!

We could never accomplish what we do as an association without our volunteers!

When I get home every year from Oshkosh, everyone wants to know how my vacation was, and I always respond with “I had a lot of fun, but that was no vacation”! It’s all for our love of aviation, and our aviation friends!

See you next year!

Always remember, we are better together! Share your passion for Vintage Aircraft at every opportunity. It is never too early to begin your planning to attend the “World’s Greatest Aviation Event”.

Thanks for being a Member, and we hope to see you all at AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, July 25 thru the 31.

Yes, the adventure lives on!

Geoff Robison

President, EAA Vintage Aircraft Association

EAA Life Membe 268346

VAA Life Member 12606

In This Issue:

Vintage AirVenture a HUGE Success

The expanded experience for members and guests at Vintage AirVenture is best exemplified by two major improvement projects. First was the dedication of the expanded Bill Rose Vintage Plaza. Myrt Strong Rose and many of the “Rose’s Raiders” were in attendance to dedicate the plaza in Bill’s memory.

Rose Plaza Dedicatioin

Our second major improvement was the completion of a permanent floor for the dining area at Vintage Tall Pines Cafe’ which also kicked-off our fundraising campaign to build a permanent pavilion on that site.

Tall Pines New Floor

Many members reported to us that 2015 was their best Oshkosh ever. We have already begun plans to make 2016 an even better convention.

Vintage 2015 Lindy Award Winners

Click on the images below to see all of our 2015 Vintage AirVenture Lindy Award Winners. (read more)

Lindy Award Winners

Vintage Creates Youth Ambassadors

After a very successful and well-attended Youth Forum at Vintage AirVenture 2015, at our annual meeting the Vintage Membership voted to create a permanent Vintage Youth Ambassadors committee which reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Vintage Youth Ambassadors

Each of our four ambassadors above (from left to right: Drew Griffith, age 18; Dillon Barron, age 20; Charlie Waterhouse, age 20; and Luke Lachendro, age 17) agreed to serve on this committee for the coming year and will work with Vice President Dave Clark. We will have more very exciting news about this program soon.

August Mystery Airplane


August 2015 Mystery Plane

This twin engine aircraft should be an easy one for our aviation historians to identify. When sending your reply please disclose as much information as possible about the aircraft’s development, specifications, and performance. Along with your name be sure to include your city and state.

Click here or on the image above to view full size and see our other mystery airplanes.

June Mystery Answer

June Mystery Plane

No one correctly identified the June Mystery Plane. It proved to be a Boeing aircraft that was completed in 1920 — designated the Model 8 (BB-L6)

The information we have was taken from Pete Bowers excellent book “Boeing Aircraft Since 1916” and includes photos, specs, and 3-view line drawings of the

3-place Boeing Model 8 (BB-L6). (read more)

Tech Tips: Inspecting and Repairing Wood – Part Two

Ron Exalendar PhotoIn my last article I discussed the basics regarding what to look for when inspecting wood. Common wood defects were presented along with how to detect them. Inspection techniques during the restoration process are somewhat different.

The basics still apply but other problems may be present. The inspection procedures for older wood are basically the same as for new wood with a few additions. Understand that just because the wood was milled in 1929 does not necessarily mean it should be replaced. It is not uncommon to find wood over 80 years old that is still serviceable. However, defects in older wood are often more difficult to detect. The wood is usually covered with layers of varnish that will hide problem areas. (read more)

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