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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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    Cavanaugh Flight Museum's P-51 Brat III Heading to Oshkosh

    April 11, 2013- The Cavanaugh Flight Museum of Addison, Texas, confirmed this week its North American P-51DThe Brat IIIwould be among the museum's vintage warbirds it plans to fly to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture 2013.

    Also a possible attendee is the museum's Goodyear/Chance-Vought FG-1D Corsair, "and a T-28 or two," according to Flight Operations Lead and Museum Director Doug Jeans.
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    P-51D Brat III

    Encore! Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band Returning to AirVenture

    April 11, 2013- Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will return to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2013 as the grand finale of a daylong salute to veterans on Friday, August 2.

    Performing for the fourth time at EAA AirVenture since 2008, the popular band will be hosted at by the Disabled American Veterans and the EAA Warbirds of America at the Philips 66 Plaza stage.
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    Encore! Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band Returning to AirVenture


    Texas Flying Legends to Fly 11-Ship Fleet to AirVenture

    April 4, 2013- EAA confirmed Thursday that the Texas Flying Legends Museum plans to bring 11 warbird aircraft to Oshkosh this summer to participate in EAA AirVenture 2013.

    Several of the planes will participate in the daily air shows, presented by Rockwell Collins, while others will be featured in Warbirds in Review presentations and other venues.

    According to spokesperson Marvona Welsh, each of the planes will be paired with veterans who flew in them, and 14 vets will arrive in Oshkosh in the TFL's C-47. Read More

    Whistling Death

    Supplement to the P-51 Service Bulletin Issued

    March 27, 2013 - Supplement No. 1 to Service Bulletin P51-001 dated May 1, 2013 is to correct information contained in AN 01-60JE-2 Handbook Maintenance Instructions USAF Series F-51D, ZF-51K, F-51M, TF-51D dated December 20, 1944, revised December 20, 1952.View Supplement

    AirVenture Adds Second Night Air Show

    March 21, 2013- The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Night Air Show, one of the most popular additions to The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration lineup over the past quarter-century, will be even bigger in 2013 with the addition of a second night show scheduled for Wednesday, July 31. Read more

    Wednesday Night Air Show

    Robert 'Shorty' Rankin Leaves Behind Historic Milestones

    March 21, 2013- Col. Robert J. "Shorty" Rankin, the first P-47 pilot to destroy five German Me 109 fighters in a single mission, passed away at his winter home in Jensen Beach, Florida, on March 14 at the age of 94.
    Rankin dedicated 32 years of service to his country following his draft into the U.S. Army in 1941. Moving quickly from Army Air Corps flying cadet, through basic flight school, and into P-47 combat fighter pilot training, he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group, otherwise known as "Zemke's Wolfpack," headed by the famous aerial combat leader Col. Hubert Zemke.
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    Robert Rankin

    CAF's 'Ghost Squadron' B-29 and B-24 Returning to AirVenture

    March 19, 2013- Two of World War II's most iconic aircraft, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator, will be back at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2013 as part of the Commemorative Air Force's "Ghost Squadron" participation at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

    The airplanes will be among the two most noteworthy of the hundreds of warbird aircraft at Oshkosh in 2013, as they will participate in AirVenture air shows during the week. In addition, the B-29 will be available for flights during AirVenture week, based at Outagamie Regional Airport in Appleton (20 miles north).
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    B-29 FIFI


    Flying Heritage Collection Opening April 12

    March 12, 2013- Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection is set to open its second hangar at Paine Field, with all-new exhibits, a movie theatre and an enhanced visitor experience on Friday, April 12, 2013. One of the highlights of the new hangar displays is the Mikoyan MiG-29UB Fulcrum - the successful Soviet fighter aircraft of the late 20th century. This particular Mig-29 UB served with the Ukrainian Air Force and will soon be on permanent display at FHC, among other rare artifacts. For more information, visit www.flyingheritage.com

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    Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin Update

    March 8, 2013 -
    This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin advises owners and operators of Aerostar (Yakovlev) Yak-52 series of aircraft, of an airworthiness concern, regarding elevator control restriction during flight. Please click here to see updated bulletin. View Bulletin



    Warbirds Pre-Registration Set for EAA AirVenture


    February 27, 2013 -
    The pre-registration period had been set up for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. Once you fill out and submit the registration form to Warbirds HQ, you will be pre-registered and ready to go - no waiting in long lines!

    P-51 Service Bulletin Issued


    February 27, 2013 -
    Attention! North American Aviation P-51 Owners, Operators, and Service personnel: Failure to comply could cause loss of control of the aircraft. Failure of the elevator trim tab and loss of control of the aircraft has been experienced by a North American Aviation (NAA) P-51 aircraft. Contributing factors were worn fiber lock spline nuts at the elevator trim tab hinge attach fittings and the installation of non-structural screws and hardware. Inspection has found that several P-51 aircraft in service today still have the original manufacturer installed self-locking spline nuts, dating back more than 60 years. Spline nuts are a self-locking nut that is pressed into a fitting, and are used throughout the NAA P-51 aircraft.

    This Service Bulletin is issued by Cal Pacific Airmotive, Inc. as holder of Limited Type Certificate LTC-11 for the P-51B, C, D, K, F-51D and F-51K models. It is recommended that all P-51 & TF-51 model aircraft comply with this Service Bulletin, including those with an experimental airworthiness certificate.
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    Doolittle Raider Thomas Griffin Passes Away

    February 27, 2013 - Thomas Griffin, navigator on the No. 9 B-25 bomber Whirling Dervish in the Doolittle Raid on Japan on April 18, 1942, passed away Tuesday evening in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was 96.

    An announcement on the Doolittle Raiders Facebook page reads: "It is with great sadness that we inform you that Maj. Thomas C. Griffin, navigator for Crew 9, passed away last night, Tuesday, February 26, 2013. He left us peacefully with his family at his side. Funeral arrangements will be announced once they become available.
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    Thomas Griffin



    Final Reunion of Stalag XVII-B Survivors Slated

    February 14, 2013 - The last reunion of Stalag XVII-B survivors will be held this spring honoring all the men interned in the Krems, Austria, prison camp during World War II, including the many internees who are no longer with us. The reunion will be held April 30 to May 3 at the Crowne Plaza, Spirit of St. Louis Airport, Chesterfield, Missouri. Tentative events will include the grand opening of the Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum, St. Louis, and viewing of WWII-era aircraft at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport. Read more

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    P-64 Runs for First Time in Decades

    February 11, 2013 - The EAA AirVenture Museum's rare North American P-64 fighter - often referred to by warbird lovers as an "export fighter version of the AT-6 Texan" - was started up for the first time in more than 20 years last Friday, and it was only fitting that EAA Founder Paul Poberezny did the honors.. Read more

    Paul Poberezny starts P-64

    Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In Update

    February 1, 2013 - The annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In is scheduled for April 9 – 14, 2013 at Lakeland Linder Airport, Lakeland, Florida. Warbird pilots planning to attend the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In are encouraged to pre-register their aircraft.

    Lakeland Linder Airport has been busy with a construction project, adding a new taxiway near the Warbirds Area. Taxiway - B now runs along the west side of Runway 5 – 23. As usual, runway 5 - 23 will be used for static display warbird aircraft. The new Taxiway – B will help facilitate aircraft movement in the Warbird Area. Pilots are encouraged to pre-order a copy of the Sun ‘n Fun pocket NOTAM.

    The NOTAM will be published on the FAA website, Mid-February.

    EAA Warbirds of America has secured a block of hotel rooms at the Imperial Swan Hotel & Suites Conference Center, 4141 S. Florida Avenue in Lakeland, FL. For a room reservation, contact Jacqualyn Smart at (863) 647-3000. Ask for the EAA Warbirds room block/rate.

    FAA Issues Safety Alert for Operators of Aero Vodochody L-39

    January 31, 2013 -
    Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) 13003, Potential Safety Issue with Canopy Separation on the Aero Vodochody L-39 Airplane, is now published by the FAA.Read more


    EAA Warbird Directors Help B-17 Repair Efforts

    January 25, 2013 - Bill Harrison had a dream. Back in the early 1980s as member of a group of owners of a B-17G Flying Fortress, the time came to pass the iconic bomber along to another organization who could keep it flying. On a 2012 tour stop in Denver, Colorado, a freak hail storm pummeled the B-17, turning the usually smooth skin of Aluminum Overcast to a dent-riddled, pock-marked mess. The B-17 was in dire need of a face lift and insurance would only cover a portion of the anticipated restoration costs. Read more >>



    Special Scholarship Fund Created to Honor Glenn Smith

    January 18, 2013 - Glenn A. Smith was a passionate aviator who, like most of us, enjoyed nothing more than empowering the dreams of others, dreams of flight that no doubt would change their lives. He was tragically killed last summer while performing at an air show in Iowa. The friends of Glenn A. Smith have come together to remember and celebrate his life by building a scholarship fund within the EAA Foundation. Read more >>

    Glenn Smith



    Warbird Heritage Foundation to Restore Acquired Corsair

    January 18, 2013 - The Warbird Heritage Foundation, of Waukegan, Illinois, announced this week it had acquired the Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, BuNo. 92050, and plans a full airworthy restoration to original configuration. Read more >>

    Corsair


    Panel Discusses Warbird Recoveries

    January 18, 2013 – Chicago's Pritzker Military Library recently hosted a panel discussion about the location and recovery of warbirds from Lake Michigan that had crashed during carrier training operations during World War II. Moderator Bob Rasmussen, director of the National Naval Aviation Museum, was joined by Taras Lyssenko, general manager, A&T Recovery; Capt. Ed Ellis, secretary of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation; and Bill Marquardt, president of Glenview Hangar One Foundation. An edited 30-minute version of this program, including actual footage of the recent recovery of a Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, will air on Chicago PBS station WTTW on February 24, but the Pritzker website has posted the full 90-minute program online. Watch video >>

    Warbird Recoveries

    Spitfire Search: Crate Found but Contents Obscured by Muddy Water

    January 9, 2013- A team of researchers attempting to uncover dozens of buried Spitfire fighter planes in Burma announced Wednesday they had located a large crate, but that muddy water prevented them from identifying its contents. Project leader David Cundall described the development as "very encouraging," according to a BBC report. Read more

    BBC Spitfire


    Lanc Restoration

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    January 4, 2013- Two brothers from the UK have spent decades restoring a Lancaster bomber in part to honor another brother who was shot down and killed during World War II. Watch video

    Huerta Confirmed as FAA Administrator

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    January 2, 2013- While most of Congress' attention was focused on tax and spending questions, the U.S. Senate did complete the formal confirmation of Michael Huerta as FAA Administrator over the long New Year's weekend, ending Huerta's year-long role as acting administrator.

    Jack Pelton, EAA Chairman of the Board, called Huerta personally on Tuesday to offer the organization's congratulations. Huerta had served as acting administrator for a year after Randy Babbitt's resignation in December 2011.
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    Crashed Brewster Buffalo Found Near Midway Island

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    January 1, 2013 - In the generally upbeat annals of American military aviation, the plump, snub-nosed little fighter called the Brewster Buffalo stands out as a turkey.

    The plane had its day of ignominy in the epic Battle of Midway in June 1942, when 19 Marine pilots valiantly engaged Japanese Zeroes in dogfights above Midway Atoll, a strategic speck some 1,300 miles northwest of Honolulu. Only five of the pilots and planes returned.

    In his action report, one of the survivors complained that “the Japanese Zero fighter can run circles around the F2A-3,” the Brewster Buffalo model that had been handed down to the Marines by the Navy because its wheel struts broke during the hard landings on carriers.
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    Air Show Industry Recognizes 2012 Award Recipients


    December 19, 2012 -
    During its annual convention in Las Vegas last week, the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) recognized several individuals and organizations for their achievements and contributions during the 2012 air show season. Air boss Wayne Boggs, air show performer Rob Holland, former U.S. Navy Blue Angels team lead Captain Greg McWherter, and the Airpower Arkansas at Little Rock Air Force Base were all singled out by ICAS for special recognition during an awards program at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel on Thursday, December 13 in Las Vegas.Read more

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    Enthusiasts Invited to See Rescued Wildcat

    December 12, 2012 - Last Friday's raising of a Grumman (Eastern Aircraft) FM-2 Wildcat, which had been sitting at the bottom of Lake Michigan for about 68 years, went off with no squawks, according to Taras Lysenko, co-owner of A&T Recovery, Chicago.

    "The gods like us - the lake was extremely calm," he said, regarding the slow, days-long journey towing the submerged warbird from more than 45 miles off Waukegan Harbor, Illinois.
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