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    Our goal is to promote and encourage the preservation and safe operation of ex-military aircraft, better known as Warbirds.
    These wonderful aircraft are an important part of our aviation heritage. Please join us in our efforts to “Keep ‘Em Flying!”

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    EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2015 WELCOMES RETURN OF GARY SINISE AND LT. DAN BAND ON JULY 24

    May 4, 2015 – Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will return to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2015 as the grand finale of a daylong salute to veterans on Friday, July 24. Performing for the fifth time at EAA AirVenture since 2008, the popular band will be hosted by the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and EAA Warbirds of America at the Boeing Plaza stage

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    Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will return to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2015

    EAA AirVenture 2015 NOTAM Now Available For Download

    April 21, 2015 - The FAA has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for EAA’s 63rd annual fly-in convention July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

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    EAA AirVenture 2015 NOTAM

    F-35 Lightning II Poised to Make AirVenture Debut

    April 16, 2015 - A Lockheed Martin F-35 “Lightning II,” the fifth-generation fighter that will be used by multiple U.S. service branches, will make its initial appearance at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in this summer. It also marks the first civilian U.S. air show appearance by this unique jet.

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    F35 at AirVenture

    America’s “Top Gun” Fighter Aces – An Endangered Species

    March 26, 2015 - These fighter pilots, who earned Ace status by destroying at least five enemy aircraft during aerial combat missions in both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam, are a vanishing breed and most likely an endangered species.

    “If there’s an elite among fighter pilots, it’s these men. It’s probably unlikely, based on the lack of today’s air-to-air combat, that there will be another designated Ace,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles “Chick” Cleveland, president of the American Fighter Aces Association. “They helped shorten the wars and saved lives.” Cleveland is a Korean War Ace who flew F-86 Sabre jets in MiG Alley.

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    For more information on this exciting project, visit:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wov/wings-of-valor-honoring-americas-fighter-aces 

    Fly-In to Victory Day A Celebration of the End of World War II in Europe

    April 9, 2015 - This will include the largest ever formational flyover of World War II aircraft, in battle sequence as noted below. There will be a very large gathering of WWII Vets at the WWII memorial in honor of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.
    The flyover will include dozens of World War II aircraft flying in 15 historically sequenced warbird formations overhead. The formations will represent the War’s major battles, from Pearl Harbor through the final air assault on Japan, and concluding with a missing man formation to “Taps.” Never before has such a collection of WWII aircraft been assembled at one location, to honor the large assemblage of veterans gathered at the WWII Memorial for a ceremony.
    The Smithsonian Air and Space link: http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=16029
    More information: http://ww2flyover.org

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    Fighter Aces Book to be Published in 2016

    March 26, 2015 - Of the 1450 pilots of all services who have attained Ace status, there are less than 90 still with us, and most of them are in their 90s. To honor their service, a team of professionals, Nick Del Calzo (lead photographer and executive producer) and Peter Collier (author), the same team that produced the well-known book about Medal of Honor recipients titled Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, are producing another book.

    This book is to commemorate the accomplishments of American Fighter Aces and is titled Wings of Valor: Honoring America's Fighter Aces, to be published in 2016. This will be a high quality book with portraits and stories of some 80 Aces (including four MOH recipients), most of whom are still living, some of whom are now deceased. The photography is complete, and the stories will be completed this summer. The Naval Institute Press will be the books publisher.

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    For more information on this exciting project, visit:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wov/wings-of-valor-honoring-americas-fighter-aces 

    Sun ‘n Fun Pre-Registration Available for Warbird Pilots

    March 9, 2015 - The Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo is scheduled for April 21 – 26, 2015 at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland, FL. Pilots who bring a warbird-type aircraft can now pre-register for the event

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    World's Only Flying Privateer Finally Heading for Oshkosh

    March 5, 2014 - The world’s only flying Consolidated Vultee PB4Y-2 “Privateer” is scheduled to appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. Based at Casa Grande Municipal Airport, Arizona, the airplane (N2871G) was being prepared to fly to Oshkosh last year but issues in two of its four Wright R-2600-35 engines ended those hopes. It flew again on February 20, 2015, the first flight in nine months, and now all sights are set on Oshkosh.

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    Second Pilot’s Bill Of Rights Pushes Long-Awaited Aeromedical Reform Forward

    February 26, 2015 – - Bipartisan “Pilot’s Bill of Rights II” legislation has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would put EAA-supported aeromedical reform into effect along with a number of other protections for pilots and other airmen.

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    EAA/FAA Summit Brings Progress on Key GA Issues

    February 12, 2015 – Progress on issues that will reduce barriers in several areas of flying, bring down costs, and enhance safety were among the top action items that came out of the annual EAA/FAA Winter Recreational Aviation Summit held Tuesday and Wednesday at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh.

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    Farewell Tom

    January 28, 2015 - It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Warbirds of America director and long time volunteer Tom Wise EAA# 111776, WB# 1655. Tom J. Wise, 62, of Morris, passed away Wednesday evening, January 28, 2015 in his home.

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    Tom Wise

    Why should you attend NWOC 2015?

    January 5, 2015 - In less than 60 days, NWOC 2015 will open its doors, and if you still haven’t signed up, it may be that we need to remind you what NWOC is all about. Consider ...

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    NWOC 2015

    Mid-Winter Warbirds Line Crew meeting

    The annual Mid-Winter Warbirds Line Crew meeting will be January 24th at 10am in the PHP Conference Center, Wittman Regional Airport/EAA Grounds, Oshkosh, WI. 

    Warbirds has a block of rooms available for $89/night at the Hilton Garden Inn, which includes a very nice continental breakfast, full access to the pool and hot tub.   We also have a hospitality room at the hotel.  The Hilton Garden Inn is at 1355 W. 20th Ave., Oshkosh, WI. Contact the hotel at 920-966-1300 and mention you’re with EAA Warbirds.  The block of rooms is available for the meeting weekend of January 23-25.  Make your reservation a.s.a.p. !

    See you there!

    Farewell Uncle Jack

    November 20, 2014 - John A. “Uncle Jack” Morrissey - EAA# 282894, Warbird # 6899, departed on his final mission on November 16, 2014 at the age of 91 years young. He passed away in Phoenix, AZ after a short illness. Jack was born on November 5, 1923 and upon graduation from high school in Iron Mountain, Michigan, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June, 1941 and was one of the few enlisted men selected for flight training. He earned his Naval Aviator Wings and went on to fly PBY’s in the Pacific Theater of Operations, including the Battle of Midway where he helped search illusive Japanese fleet. During the war, Uncle Jack rescued many an airman and sailor, plucking them from the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. He spent a total of 39 months in the PTO.

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    Morrissey

    World’s Second Civilian Harrier Acquired

    November 14, 2014 - Former U.S. Marines test pilot Art Nalls, EAA 689513/Warbirds 549224, made history when his company Nalls Aviation, Inc., acquired a BAE Sea Harrier FA2 jump jet in 2006 - the world’s only civilian-owned and operated Harrier. This week Nalls announced the acquisition of a second Harrier by Nalledge, LLC. It’s a rare two-place T Mk 8 that will be used for flight training and air shows which, when it becomes airworthy in about a year, will be the world’s only flyable Harrier trainer.

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    Harrier

    Steve Hinton Honored with Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement Award in Aviation

    November 5, 2014 - Aviator Steve Hinton, EAA Warbirds of America # 12506, was named the recipient of the 2014 Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime of Achievement in Aviation by the Wings Over Houston Airshow. In addition to performing in a North American F-86F Sabre (Sabrejet), America’s first swept wing fighter jet, Hinton serves as president of the Planes of Fame Air Museum and is the owner of the aircraft restoration company Fighter Rebuilders.

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    Steve Hinton

    Special EAA Surprise for WWII Vet

    October 23, 2014 - Sixty-nine years ago, John and Amelia Tarabula of Gainesville, Georgia, tied the knot after he returned from serving his country in World War II. Enlisting after Pearl Harbor, John served as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 bomber with the 457th Bomb Group, 749th Bomb Squadron. After his final mission, which ended in a crash, John sent a telegram to Amelia asking for her hand in marriage. They were wed shortly after he got back from overseas, and next spring the couple will mark 70 years of marriage.  )

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    Hall of Fame

    EAA WARBIRDS OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES ITS 2014 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

    OCTOBER 16, 2014: JAY WISLER TO BE INDUCTED ON NOVEMBER 13TH The history of aviation is marked by men and women who possessed the passion, leadership, and can-do spirit to ignore the known limits of possibility. The EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame was established to honor the outstanding achievements of men and women who share the spirit of EAA's founder: a passion for the freedom that flight offers. Those inducted into the Hall of Fame are selected by their peers for the myriad of contributions made to their particular realm of flight - and aviation as a whole.

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    Hall of Fame

    21st National Warbird Conference Set For New Orleans

      The National Warbird Operator Conference (NWOC) will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 26 – March 1, 2015.  The host hotel will be the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.  Registration is now open for the conference.  Visit:  http://nwoc.aero/ for details.

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    EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 - Warbirds After-Action Report

    I seem to say this every year – “Boy, did that week go fast!” – and 2014 was no different. By all accounts, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh was another booming success! This year’s top billing went to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. After much planning and coordination with local residents and businesses, the Thunderbirds, EAA, and FAA were able to work out the aerobatic box and perform as a full team for the very first time in front of the Oshkosh crowds.

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    Fairey Gannett

    EAAer Honored by France for Service in World War II

    Douglas Ward, EAA 285865/Warbirds of America 596052, of Mondovi, Wisconsin, has regaled thousands of people over the years talking about his experiences as a ball turret gunner in a B-17 bomber during World War II.

    The 91-year-old flew 37 missions in the European theatre from April-September 1944 - many of those experiences described in the book, Turret Tales - From a WWII Ball Turret Gunner, by Judie Ohm based on Doug’s stories, entries from his journal, and wartime letters.

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    Douglas Ward



    2014 CULPEPER AIR FEST TO FEATURE POTOMAC FLIGHT

    "AN HISTORIC FLIGHT OVER WASHINGTON D.C. HONORING OUR NATION’S VETERANS"

    August 29, 2014 - CULPEPER-VA – Culpeper Air Fest will serve as a home base on Friday-October 10 for the ground-breaking Potomac Flight, a unique flyover of Washington D.C.’s greatest landmarks including the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. This once-in-a-lifetime flight will feature the North American T-6 Texans - a 2 seat aircraft used as the advanced trainer for World War II pilots. Designed by North American Aviation, Inc., and first flown in 1938, the “Texan” quickly became the most popular trainer aircraft for the U.S. Military in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

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    2014 CULPEPER AIR FEST


    Check Out the World's First Online Interactive Flying Experience

    July 24, 2014 - A new venture will be online this year at AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Rick Siegfried and Glenn Olsen have put together an exciting way to take part in the AirVenture experience.

    If you have ever wondered even a little bit about what it is like to pilot high performance aircraft or have ever been a little bit curious about what it is like to be a pilot, do we have an opportunity for you.
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    FAA TO BEGIN EVALUATION OF UNLEADED FUELS FOR GA

    July 14, 2014 - EAA AVIATION CENTER, Oshkosh, Wisconsin – (July 10, 2014) – The search for viable alternatives to leaded avgas is moving to the next stage as the FAA prepares to begin evaluating fuels submitted for testing through the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI), announced today by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). July 1 marked the deadline to submit candidate fuels.

    The FAA received 10 replacement avgas proposals from the world’s fuel producers, including submissions from Afton Chemical Company, Avgas LLC, Shell Oil, Swift Fuels, and a consortium consisting of BP, TOTAL, and Hjelmco. Read More


    Another ‘Mossie’ Takes Flight in Canada

    June 19, 2014 - At 3 p.m. on the afternoon of June 16 a newly restored de Havilland 98 MK.35, better known as the Mosquito, fired up its Rolls-Royce Merlin engines and flew for the first time in 48 years after a long-term restoration. The flight took place at Victoria International Airport in Sidney, British Columbia, flown by Steve Hinton, EAA 181203/Warbirds 12506.

    Restoration of the bomber was completed by Victoria Air Maintenance Ltd., and owner and Director of Maintenance Mike Ingram said the plane “flew perfectly” on Monday. He added the plane was being prepped for delivery to Vancouver and its registered owner, Robert Jens, of Richmond, British Columbia. Read More




    EAA to Commemorate 70th Anniversary of D-Day


    Veterans among special guests for June 6 program
    May 29, 2014 – The 70th anniversary of the massive D-Day invasion of World War II will be commemorated at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh on June 6-7, including programs with veterans of the Allied offensive that began on June 6, 1944. Read More

    Warbirds

    FAA Handbook FAA-H-8083-16, Instrument Procedures Handbook (IPH)

    May 27, 2014 — This handbook supersedes FAA-H-8261-1A, Instrument Procedures Handbook, dated 2007. It is designed as a technical reference for all pilots who operate under instrument flight rules (IFR) in the National Airspace System (NAS). It expands and updates information contained in the FAA-H- 8083-15B, Instrument Flying Handbook, and introduces advanced information for IFR operations. Instrument flight instructors, instrument pilots, and instrument students will also find this handbook a valuable resource since it is used as a reference for the Airline Transport Pilot and Instrument Knowledge Tests and for the Practical Test Standards. It also provides detailed coverage of instrument charts and procedures including IFR takeoff, departure, en route, arrival, approach, and landing. Safety information covering relevant subjects such as runway incursion, land and hold short operations, controlled flight into terrain, and human factors issues also are included.  

    FAA Handbook FAA-H-8083-16 can be viewed electronically at http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/instrument_procedures_handbook.

     

    Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight II to Depart EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

    May 15, 2014 – Old Glory Honor Flight, in partnership with American Airlines, is organizing Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight II, a one-time opportunity for Vietnam veterans in Northeastern Wisconsin to visit the memorials in Washington, D.C., built to honor their service and to recognize their many sacrifices. Read More

    Vietnam veterans receive a hero’s welcome back to Oshkosh at the first Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight in 2013.
    Photo by Craig Vander Kolk

     

    EAA Welcomes Full B-17 Crew for Special Flight

    April 14, 2014 - EAA's Boeing B-17G Aluminum Overcasthas made many memorable flights throughout the country, but one would be hard-pressed to come up with one more special than what occurred on Monday afternoon, April 14, in Oshkosh. Ten World War II United States Army Air Corps veterans – representing all 10 Flying Fortress crew positions from pilot to tailgunner - were brought here to be reunited with the aircraft in which they helped to preserve liberty and freedom. All from Wisconsin, they ranged from age 90 to 94, and brought family members with them. Read More

    B-17 Veterans

    B-17-Vets – Ten World War II United States Army Air Corps veterans representing all 10 Flying Fortress crew positions were given a special flight in EAA's Aluminum Overcast April 14

    P-51 Technical Orders Are Now Available

    April 8, 2014 — Cal Pacific Airmotive, Inc. now has the North American Aviation Technical Orders required to comply with LTC-11 (P-51) available on their website: http://www.calpacificairmotive.com/ 

    Click on the “Media” page to view or download.  Some of these Tech orders are referenced in their Service Bulletin P51-001.

    This is important reading for our members who own and operate the North American P-51 Mustang.

     

    EAA Calls FAA Move Toward Rulemaking on Medical Certification ‘A Good Initial Step’


    Agency announces initiative after strong EAA/AOPA push on exemption, legislation

    April 2, 2014 — The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is calling the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement to begin a formal rulemaking process on expanding medical self-certification for pilots a good initial step, and supports any initiatives to modernize the aviation medical certification system for recreational flying.

    The FAA announced today that it would begin a rulemaking project that would consider allowing private pilots to substitute the medical requirements of a valid driver’s license in lieu of a third-class FAA medical certificate. 
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    Hoover Tribute Photo Gallery

    February 28, 2014 - Here are some images from photographer Jim Koepnick featuring the aviation community's February 21 tribute to legendary pilot and mentor Robert A. "Bob" Hoover at the Paramount Studios Theater in Hollywood, California. Attendees honored Hoover's incredible 60-plus year flying career during which he was a test pilot, fighter pilot, air show performer, aviation statesman, teacher, and mentor. View More Photos

    Hoover Tribute Photo Gallery

    EAA, FAA Review Full Agenda at Summit

    January 30, 2014 - Clearing the path for today's aviators and looking ahead to the possibilities in future years highlighted two days of work by EAA and FAA officials during the 10th annual Recreational Aviation Summit, held at the EAA Aviation Center on Tuesday and Wednesday. Read more

    EAA-FAA Summit

    Senior EAA and FAA officials discuss important issues at the 10th annual Recreational Aviation Summit this week in Oshkosh.

    NTSB Issues Five New Safety Alerts

    January 2, 2014 - The National Transportation Safety Board issued five safety alerts for GA before the end of 2013 in hopes of further mitigating accidents by pinpointing hazards and offering practical remedies to address them. The alerts focus on proper ELT use and installation, carb ice awareness, self-locking fiber/nylon nuts, ensuring restraints are working and used, and securing loose items in the cockpit. Read More

     

 

   

     
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