Who We Are
The EAA Warbirds of America, a division of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is a family of owners, pilots and enthusiasts of “warbirds,” or ex-military aircraft.
Our purpose is: (a) To promote and encourage the preservation and operation of World War II and other such aircraft that are representative of military aviation operations, and (b) to educate its members and other interested persons in methods of safe operation and maintenance of World War II and other such aircraft that are representative of military aviation operations.
It is our aim, and our motto, to “keep 'em flying.” Most of the warbirds we see at air shows and other gatherings are owned by individuals and museums. It is the determination to fly these high performance airplanes, combined with the desire for preserving a piece of our heritage, that makes these owners want to display these magnificent machines. Unlike going to a museum and merely viewing these aircraft, one can now see, hear, feel and even smell what it was like to fly and maintain the birds when they were working for a living.
What started out as a club for World War II fighter owners has now blossomed into an organization whose members own and fly the whole gamut of ex-military aircraft -- from the old biplanes, trainers, fighters, bombers, and liaisons of World War II to the early jets of the Korean War era to the aircraft of the Vietnam War. Even foreign aircraft are not left out. Former adversary's warbirds are now highly prized airplanes.
The history of aviation includes the historic warbird aircraft from around the world. Warbirds have become the focus of the EAA Warbirds of America and Warbird Squadrons. Squadrons are a part of the EAA Chapter family and as such, offer the added value of membership participation at a local level. All men and women, pilots and non-pilots, owners and non-owners who cherish the proud heritage of military aircraft are invited to join the EAA Warbirds ranks. Join and receive Warbirds magazine (eight times per year) and our monthly e-newsletter, the Briefing.