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


Last week I, along with VAA Directors Bob Lumley and Steve Neese, VAA Advisors Earl Nicholas and Ray Johnson and VAA Volunteer Wayne Wendorf, attended Ron Alexander’s Celebration of Life service. It was a fitting tribute to a great human being and friend.

Jim Busha, EAA Director of Publications, was also there. If you have not read Jim’s tribute to Ron entitled “Saying Goodbye One Last Time“, you should consider doing so. It is Jim’s heartfelt tribute to Ron and the exemplary life that Ron lived.
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Vintage Red Barn Gets Total MakeoverVintage Red Barn Gets Total Makeover

Our Red Barn HQ at Oshkosh is about a century old. It had been remodeled and expanded at least three times since we inherited it in 1973. While we have kept it good looking, the basic structure of the original barn was badly in need of major repair. Look carefully at the first photo. Can you see the recent changes?Through the generosity of two major donors, the National Bi-Plane Association and Vintage Chapter 11, we have enough funds on hand to completely restore the original barn as well as expand it and modernize the interior to better serve our members and guests during AirVenture. At the moment our Red Barn looks just like a “building” on a movie set – perfect front view and noting else. The roof was sagging. Structural supports were rotting at the bottom. Read the full story to see what is happening now.
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NOTAM 2017AirVenture 2017 NOTAM Just Released
The Federal Aviation Administration has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for EAA’s 65th annual fly-in convention July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.The NOTAM, which is in effect from 6 a.m. CDT on Friday, July 21, until noon CDT on July 31, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby airports.The NOTAM was designed by the FAA to assist pilots in their EAA AirVenture flight planning. This year’s NOTAM cover features a photo of a B-25 bomber parked at Oshkosh during the fly-in.While the overall procedure is similar to past years, there are some changes compared to the 2016 version. Download NOTAM Now >>
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VINTAGE CAMPERS: Grocery Market Coming to South End of EAA Grounds
Grocery operations during AirVenture this year will be an in-house operation rather than a contracted one as in past years. As part of that, Nancy Tribble reports that the “Red One Market” will be in four locations on the grounds during the fly-in: the traditional Red Barn Store and West Campgrounds sites in Camp Scholler, as well as in the North 40 and South 40.The Red One Market will have basic groceries such as fruits, veggies, OJ, water, and salads. We have no other details so far, but this much requested and much needed addition will be a great benefit to Vintage Showplane campers and guests. We will report on more details as they are released.

Report from the Ron Alexander Celebration of LifeReport from the Ron Alexander Celebration of Life
Vintage President Susan Dusenbury was joined by several VAA directors and regular members from around the country to celebrate the life and lasting impact of our dear friend Ron Alexander.One of the most moving tributes was given by teenager Cayla McLeod
who was featured in our last issue of Vintage AirMail. Cayla’s words brought both laughter and tears to the more than 900 people in attendance.EAA Director of Publications Jim Busha and Chief Photographer Erin Brueggern were in attendance representing EAA. You can read Jim’s moving tribute on the new EAA Blog here anong with photos of the day including many vintage aircraft. Erin also produced a photo slideshow just for Vintage which you can view here or by clicking on the image above.During the ceremony it was announced that PeachState Aerodrome has been officially renamed as The Ron Alexander Memorial Airport.

Intro and research by Wes Schmid, VAA 6688, EAA 3113Two Piper PA-12 Super Cruisers made super around-the-world OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS in 1947. It all started in 1946 when two flight instructors at an airport near Washington, D. C. observed a newly certificated PA-12 taxi by and a comment made that with enough gas these aircraft were capable of flying around the world.Light aircraft–liaison aircraft–such as L-4 Piper’s, L-5 Stinson’s, and others played a vital role in the recently ended World War II. These slow, rugged, tube and fabric aircraft proved to be ideal platforms for infantry divisions in spotting artillery, medical evacuation, search and rescue, primary flight training and a variety of other important military operations. They proved their worth under the most demanding combat conditions throughout the war. Full story >>

The Ushuaia2USA Rally for vintage biplanes will begin March 1, 2018 and will leave Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego bound for the United States. Following in the footsteps of the pioneering flights of the 1920s, 15 vintage aircraft built in the early 1900s take to the air for a truly unique rally across the Americas. This rally will duplicate in the Americas the 2016 VintageAirRally Crete2Cape.The photos from their 2016 cross-Africa
are absolutely breathtaking. You can learn more about this multi-continent event at their website,
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