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Geoff Robison

Thanks again for reading the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association’s Vintage AirMail e-Newsletter.

I am sincerely hopeful that you are all surviving the absolutely brutal winter weather we have been experiencing here in the Midwest. The airport I am based at is fast running out of places to stack the snow, and are now working extra hard to dispose of the huge mounds of snow from around the airport. I am pretty used to a lot of snow having survived the “Winter of 78”, but the cold air just cuts me like a knife. We saw 31 deg here at home today, so hopefully we can get back to some normal temperatures for the rest of this winter.

As planning for the 2014 episode of EAA Oshkosh continues, the EAA and VAA are working hard to bring the Membership an awesome display of Aircraft & Events to Oshkosh 2014.

We will continue to keep you all updated as plans for the VAA’s “Post War Boom” venue develop over the next few months. I hope you are all as excited about this event as we are. We are already hearing from a good number of the Type Clubs who want to park their post war aircraft together at Oshkosh.

I was also very excited to hear the recent news that a good number of the Alaskan Valdez STOL competition aircraft will be at Oshkosh 2014. Numerous flying activities with these aircraft are already on the schedule of activities, so we will have several opportunities to watch them fly and compete during the AirShow. These aircraft will be on display in the Vintage aircraft parking area.

Be sure to visit us on our Facebook page at ““. We now have over 4200 likes on our page, and I want to thank all who have posted on this Page. This is a lot of fun! Special thanks to Max Platts for his oversight of our Page.

Remember, It is never too early to begin your planning to attend the “World’s Greatest Aviation Event”. 2013 was one of the best, and safest events I have ever witnessed at Oshkosh and your Vintage Board Members continue to brainstorm some awesome ideas for this year’s events in the VAA area.

Thanks for being a Member, and we will “See you at Oshkosh 2014.”

The adventure lives on!

Geoff Robison
President, EAA Vintage Aircraft Association

EAA Life Member 268346
VAA 12606

In This Issue:

VAA OSHKOSH 2014 – The Post War Boom Years: The Classic Revolution

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

Seventy years after the apex of the “Post War Boom” the Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) is extending an open invitation to all who own these wonderful air machines. All Vintage aircraft are naturally invited to attend EAA OSHKOSH 2014 but special treatment is in order for anyone arriving in a “Boom Era” airplane.

The post war boom, September 1945 thru March 1947, saw well over 30,000 civil aircraft produced within the United States. It was truly a “boom” time for virtually all light airplane manufacturers. Newly manufactured airplanes could be purchased for under $1,000!

In addition to airshow center parking (remember Cubs 2 OSH), we’re working on a host of other things to help entice attendees. As these things are finalized, watch for announcements in this newsletter, the VAA website and in Vintage Airplane…
(read more).

Help Us Spread the Vintage Word

Facebook Max Platts continues to do an amazing job with the Vintage Facebook Page and his daily aircraft type photos. Have you liked us on Facebook yet? Please LIKE our Facebook page to help spread the word. You can also forwarded the page to friends and share Max’s photos on your own Facebook feed.

TwitterVintage is also on Twitter. Have you seen our Twitter page? Are you following us on Twitter? We don’t tweet often, but when we do, you can help us by re-tweeting our messages. Please follow us on Twitter.

Our website, newsletter, Facebook and Twitter all link together and all help us spread the word to a generation with little knowledge of who we are and what we love. If you don’t know how to do this, recruit your kids or grandkids. It only takes a few minutes and can be quite fun. Just as Max.

VAA Administrator Attends EAA-FAA Summit

Max Platts PhotoVintage Administrator, Max Platts, was present at the 10th annual EAA-FAA Summit held on January 28-29, 2014 representing the interests of the vintage aircraft community.

“The two days of the summit are very important for EAA and VAA members because it allows us to have the FAA management and policy makers right here in Oshkosh to focus on the issues that matter most to our members,” said Platts, “It is a fantastic opportunity for us to sit down face to face with Agency upper management and examine issues that affect our industry and hobby.”… (read more)

AIRPORT ACTION: Sun ‘n Fun and FSAACA (Vintage Chapter 1)

Bucher at Sun n Fun The Florida Sport Aviation, Antique, and Classic Association (FSAACA) came into being as the result of Billy Henderson inviting Mr. Paul Poberezny to attend FSAACA’s first January Fly-In held in Lakeland, Florida. Paul agreed to fly down from Wisconsin if Billy would guarantee at least 50 aircraft would attend. Immediately, Billy along with Lakeland’s EAA Chapter 454, began working to spark interest in the event.

The Florida Aerobatic Club was also involved. They all worked tirelessly to ensure that a minimum of 50 planes would be in attendance. On the day of the event when Paul arrived he did not see 50 airplanes but rather he saw over 150 airplanes. When Paul returned to Oshkosh he was so impressed with what he saw that he gave FSAACA the designation of Chapter One of the newly formed EAA Antique/Classic Division. Today FSAACA still retains the title of the now named Vintage Aircraft Association Chapter One... (read more)

February Mystery Airplane

Not too many triplanes were seen at America’s airports during the mid to late 1920s. Here’s one, submitted by Wesley Smith, that was in the news during that period.

Check here or on the image below to view a full-size image and submit your answer to this month’s Mystery Airplane.

February Mystery Plane

Vintage Thanks Nuvite

NuviteNuvite Chemical Compounds Corporation is another supporter of VAA activities. Nuvite recently stepped forward to help Vintage provide services to our members.

Your board has received several additional direct contributions from long-time vintage vendor supporters which help us at AirVenture and to deliver our digital message to a wider audience.

Please recognize and support Nuvite and the other fine vendors who support VAA. They deserve our patronage.

December Mystery Identified

The December Mystery Airplane drew a good number of responses; the first received was from Dan Cullman who correctly identified the aircraft as the Sundorph Special. Others who submitted correct answers were Roy Oberg, Wayne Muxlow, David Helmso and Bradford Payne.

Click here or on the image below for more photos and the excellent article by Wesley Smith.

December Mystery Airplane

Spots Available for January SportAir Workshops in Oshkosh

Restoring a vintage airplane? There are still spots available for some workshops in February, March, and May at EAA’s SportAir Workshops. With EAA SportAir Workshops, you’ll receive two days of solid, hands-on instruction on your building method of choice, be it Fabric Covering, Composite Construction, Gas Welding, or Sheet Metal Basics. There are also courses on Electrical Systems and Avionics and Fundamentals of Aircraft Construction.

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