EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 3, No. 7 JULY 2010

If you're reading this newsletter, you are most likely already at, wishing you were at, or nearly at Oshkosh for the AirVenture 2010. You will have an itinerary or plan of action for your hectic days, wanting to take in as much as possible of all the sights, sounds, and excitement of the greatest aviation show on Earth.

Learn more about aircraft registrations, the Canadian Welcome Desk and Show Information Centre, and the Ice Cream Social for Canadians! Read more

We've all heard of the aviation wars that are going on around us: fixed wing versus rotary wing, residential developments versus airports, regulators versus pilots; but here's a new one: bombers versus tractors!  Read more
Q. After reading our story "Bomb the Tractor," which side of this war are you on?
Vote now!

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Tractor Tractor
An amazing weekend! Almost before we had planned, we found ourselves in the Vintage Wings hangar with all their pristine polished aircraft, mostly vintage 1940s. This July 4th occasion was the summer's opening air show by Vintage Wings of Canada. The occasion was also special since the Canadian Snowbirds would entertain the crowd in their first Gatineau appearance. Read more P-40
This past Canada Day, as many Canadians do, some members of one particular Canadian family gathered in Ottawa to have some fun and get their photograph taken as a memento of the day. The Hadfields, of Milton, Ontario, are in most respects like any other Canadian family out for a flag-waving afternoon of fun. But that's where the similarities end, according to this article from Vintage Wings of Canada. Read more Hadfields
EAA has a great electronic solution for those who cannot attend EAA AirVenture 2010; expanded online AirVenture coverage through streaming video, audio, and online reporting. The AirVenture online experience begins by visiting where links can be found to our live content as well as information about what's happening in Oshkosh.

Once at, click on the AirVenture LIVE link starting July 25 to find the latest news, photos, and videos; as well as links to EAA Radio, The Runway Cams, Theater in the Woods, and Plus we'll have the latest posts from Twitter and Facebook communities. Read more

Blogger Mark Essenburg, EAA 717379, is almost to Oshkosh. The last time he was here with an airplane was in 1979. Follow his progress and his experiences during the week at his blog site.

"By 3pm on Saturday, I plan to be tied down at Vintage Aircraft Camping, Whitman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, Wisconsin! The weather looks like it might even be cooperative. The threat of rain is less, and now it looks like a nice gap between two systems is going to give us a clear shot at KOSH."

If you look up at the masthead of this newsletter, you will see an aircraft to the right of the Bits and Pieces title. This Corben Baby Ace is the aircraft for which this very newsletter is named. Tom Diectrich and Bob Revell operate The Tigerboys Aeroplane Works & Flying Museum at Guelph Airpark in Guelph, Ontario. The boys are in a celebratory mood as Tom is marking his 40th Oshkosh. Tom was at the first Oshkosh-based convention in 1970, and Tom and Bob felt it was only appropriate to bring Canada's oldest flying registered homebuilt to EAA to celebrate Tom's milestone.

Pilot Brian Harrington will leave Guelph on Monday, July 26, and the aircraft should arrive after the daily air show on Tuesday, July 27. Read more about Bits and Pieces here.

Bits and Pieces
Rob Fleck, chief operating officer and pilot for Vintage Wings Canada, will review the operations, aircraft, and future plans of a unique flying museum recently established in Gatineau, Quebec. Housed in a newly constructed 23,000-square-foot hangar, the museum has already amassed an impressive collection of rare warbirds and vintage aircraft, and has several major restorations underway, including a Spitfire, Hurricane, and Swordfish. Rob will also share details of the forthcoming "Wings over Gatineau," which will incorporate a national Canadian EAA fly-in.

To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

It was the Same in Canada
Sport Aviation, March 1964

Ask any old-timer about sport flying today, and he will be happy to point out how much better off we are now than they were in the earlier days of homebuilding, not only with regulations, but in such areas as aircraft, engines, and propellers. Cecil H. Goddard, EAA 16663, of Alida, Saskatchewan, not far from the North Dakota border, has had long experience in this game. He had built several aircraft at a young age, using Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycle engines. Cecil tried to teach himself to fly in another airplane he built, which was powered with a Model T Ford engine. It took off, but the Wright brothers' flight was just about as long, and they didn't end up in a heap. Read the article

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