National Warbird Operators Conference Recap 3/1/05

    The 11th Annual National Warbird Operator Conference, presented by Cannon Aviation Insurance, was held February 23 - 27 in Seattle, Washington. The four-day event, attracted warbird operators, maintenance personnel, insurance and government representatives, along with other warbird related businesses. EAA Warbird of America members accounted for a large portion of the 200 + conference attendees. Special thanks goes to EAA Warbirds of America Squadron 2, Cascade Warbirds, for their conference support.

    Seattle had lots to offer, including a little sunshine! The host hotel, the Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue, was a great location for seeing the downtown sights and visiting some of the best restaurants in town. Tours were given of the Museum of Flight Restoration Facility, Precision Engine, Inc., and the facilities for The ME-262 Project. Conference attendees were given a special treat when the ME-262 “White 1” took to the skies Friday afternoon. Test pilot Wolfgang Czia put “White 1” through its paces – an awesome sight indeed!

    The conference covered a wide variety of topics ranging from FAA news & updates, aging aircraft issues, cockpit resource management, aircraft paint, airframe maintenance, engines, and much more. Exhibitors displayed their programs and services in the Warbird Wing trade show area.

    On Saturday, Jon Bowman at the Seattle Museum of Flight hosted a special reception. He put together a great program, featuring guest speaker “Fast Eddie” Schneider, who highlighted his amazing experiences flying the SR-71.

    Warbird operators were able to discuss aircraft specific issues during special “breakout sessions”. The aircraft groups included fighters, bombers/transports, T-6’s, T-28’s, T-34’s, Jets, Yak/CJ’s, and L-birds/primary trainers.

    The conference sponsors included Cannon Aviation Insurance and US Specialty Insurance Company, along with Air Capital Insurance, EAA Warbirds of America, Cascade Warbirds, Courtesy Aircraft Sales, North American Trainer Association, Precision Engines, Texas Airplane Factory, Snohomish County Airport/Paine Field, Warbird Digest, and Warbird Resource Directory.

    Orlando, Florida will be the host city for next year’s event, February 23 – 27, 2006.
    For more information, visit the NWOC website,



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