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Flight Lead
A Note From the Editor
Earlier this year, at Oshkosh, I found myself volunteering for duty as editor of an as-of-yet unnamed e-newsletter for the warbird community. I figured that this would involve getting some help from a computer guru and maybe setting up a subscribe link, or some techie thing like that. I was wrong. In fact, having never even worked on a high school newspaper, boy was I really wrong.
In the intervening months I have learned a little about computers, and more about motivation, and motivating others, as well as getting to know a few more of the wonderful individuals in our community. What has resulted is a fluid and dynamic publication that I hope you will begin to search for in your inbox each month.

Here you will find the latest on government affairs, operational safety, aircraft under restoration, and hopefully even news from your own warbirds squadron and region. You will also find links to audio and video from Oshkosh365. If you haven't been exploring the EAA social networking website lately, let me urge you to check it out.

The advantage of an e-mail-based newsletter is its flexibility and immediate nature. I would like to ask each and every one of you to submit a note about your local goings-on. Take some time to write an article about your project, to ask for help in finding that historic piece or part, or report what your local squadron has planned. This publication will be what we, as a group, make it. I hope to hear from many of you in the days ahead. Fly safely.

Harold Cannon
Editor, EAA Warbirds Briefing

Echelon Left
Guest Columnist Rick Siegfried, President, EAA Warbirds of America
Welcome, warbird enthusiast. This is the first edition of the EAA Warbirds of America electronic newsletter, EAA Warbirds Briefing. Anyone interested in warbirds of all types will be able to subscribe to the newsletter via e-mail. The content in the newsletter will keep you up to date on issues, events, and information in the warbird community.  Rick Siegfried
We hope for those of you who are new to warbirds that it will encourage you to be an active member of the warbird community and join EAA Warbirds of America in our task to "Keep 'em Flying." For those who are already involved in warbird activities, the e-newsletter will provide a vehicle to become more aware of activities of interest to you. Read more
Safety Brief
Safety News and Issues
"Roger CAPCOM, Cleared for Takeoff"
I watched in amazement at a recent fly-in as a fellow warbird pilot treated his departure in his Yak TD with the attention to detail and procedure that would make NASA proud. His “shuttle launch” had started earlier with a 25-minute walk around that looked more like a pre-buy inspection than a standard preflight. Last spring I was washing my T-34 really close to a row of Piper Cherokees when an instructor and his student walked passed me. I guess our illustrious instructor was just giving a cockpit orientation. I went back to washing, and a few moments later the morning silence was broken by the pair starting the Piper. I stood up and walked over to the front of their plane and gave them the old “shut it off” signal. After some hand waving from us both he finally shut it down. He jumped out on the wing and arrogantly shouted, “Hey buddy, what’s your problem? I got plenty of room to taxi!” His ego deflated at twice the speed of sound when I told him, “I know you have enough room, but I just thought you might want to untie the plane.” Read more
L-39 Incident Makes News
An incident from 2008 involving a pilot flying over the ocean near the Santa Monica Pier made the national news this week when the FAA took action against the pilot. Based on details in the Los Angeles press, it appears that the incident does not shed a good light on operators of experimental exhibition jet aircraft. Most operators of these types of aircraft do an excellent job of maintaining, operating, and exhibiting these aircraft in a manner in which the Federal Air Regulations allow. It is unfortunate that sometimes these aircraft are operated in a fashion that is not compliant with the regulations. We in the warbird community all suffer the consequences of those operations. Read more
Test Flight
Maintenance and Restoration News
Lt. Ted Shealy’s Restoration Shop
The Heart of the Pacific Aviation Museum's Restoration Hangar
The Pacific Aviation Museum’s (PAM) Ford Island location in the middle of Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor is certainly one of the most historically significant sites in America. The hangars that house the museum are the same ones that bore witness to the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack that triggered the United States’ entry into World War II.
Tommy Lau
The newly refurbished restoration facility was appropriately named “Lt. Ted Shealy’s Restoration Shop.” Shealy was an exceptional aircraft maintenance man whose naval career spanned naval biplane fighters in 1936 all the way to F-4 Phantoms during the Cold War. During World War II he was stationed on Ford Island, served aboard the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway. Read more
GI News
Updates on Government Issues and Advocacy
NPRM May Affect Warbird Jets
On August 31, 2009 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for changes to 14 CFR Parts 61, 91, and 141. These changes would affect pilot, flight instructor, and pilot school certification rules. The proposals include requiring pilot-in-command (PIC) proficiency checks for pilots who act as PIC of single piloted, turbojet-powered airplanes. This set of rules would govern warbird jet aircraft certificated in the experimental exhibition category as well. Read more
CAF Loses Court Fight to Keep P-82
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled in favor of the National Museum of the United States Air Force (USAFM) in the ownership dispute of the P-82 Twin Mustang.  P-82
While the ruling by the Court of Appeals supports the original judgment of the District Court in July of 2009, Commemorative Air Force (CAF) officials are disappointed by the outcome. Read more
Mission Profile
November’s Featured Stories
Why I Volunteered
I think I found EAA Warbirds Squadron 4 (Aurora, Illinois) the same way many people do. I just looked up. I was photographing my youngest daughter playing soccer, sitting back in my folding chair. I was waiting for some action on the field when I heard a fantastic, non-civilian engine sound overhead. I looked up and saw a big blue and white TBM Avenger flying low and slow. I swung the camera up and held the shutter button down, firing off about 20 shots. That sound! That big, thumping round motor sound! I forgot all about soccer. Read more
EAA’s Aluminum Overcast Visits EAA Warbirds Squadron 1 in Camden, Tennessee
Last month EAA’s B-17 Flying Fortress, Aluminum Overcast, darkened the skies over Camden, Tennessee. As someone who just experienced his first B-17 ride, let me fully endorse the experience and the program. The aircraft itself is overwhelming. The sense of history is incredible. You walk away literally unable to measure the bravery of those who fought on the “Fort.
Aluminum Overcast
Hosted by EAA Warbirds Squadron 1, and in conjunction with Darrell Berry’s annual warbird fly-in, multiple rides were given over a two-day visit. It’s hard to describe how much fun these events were in and of themselves, but together they were a blast. Read more
EAA Chapter 640 Sends WWII Troop Glider Restoration to Michigan Museum
A World War II glider segment that has been sitting in Wausau resident Syd Cohen's hangar at the Wausau Downtown Airport for nearly four years is headed back to Iron Mountain, Michigan this month. 
Cohen initially planned to send his segment, the front fuselage, to the Menominee Range Historical Foundation in Iron Mountain sometime in 2010. Cohen's piece is the only one in Wausau; the other segments - the wings, tail and rear fuselage - were being built or restored in Iron Mountain by volunteers.

Those volunteers, however, finished building the wings and tail segments and restored the rear fuselage before Cohen could complete his work. Now, the volunteers want to take Cohen's work off his hands and finish it in Iron Mountain.

"In some ways I'm glad, and in some ways I'm disappointed I don't get to complete it," Cohen said. "I definitely have mixed feelings on it."  Read more

'Lt. Dan Band' Returning to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2010
A weeklong salute to veterans during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 will be highlighted by the return of actor Gary Sinise and his "Lt. Dan Band" at AirVenture’s Theater in the Woods. The concert, sponsored by EAA Warbirds of America and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), is scheduled for Friday, July 30. Read more Gary Sinise
From the EAA Warbirds Community
The Warbird Island message forum at Oshkosh365 is as active as ever. Have a look at the list below and follow the links to read the actual questions and discussion topics. Oshkosh365

Issue 1, November 2009

Gun Camera
Warbirds at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009
Photo Gallery
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Gary Austin
Timeless Voices video
Gary Austin began his aviation career washing airplanes as a teenager. Over the years he would earn an Airframe and Powerplant certification and began working as an aircraft mechanic. In 1996 he joined Ezell Aviation, a warbird restoration shop in Breckenridge, Texas, where he learned the ropes of working on round-engined warbirds. In 2001 opened his own restoration/maintenance shop called Retro Aviation. In 2004 Gary became crew chief on the Commemorative Air Force’s B-29 "FIFI" and B-24 "Diamond Lil." During his tenure with the CAF, Gary spearheaded the transformation of "Diamond Lil" to its original B-24A configuration and new nickname "Ol' 927." Sadly, Gary passed away on Monday, October 26. He was truly one of the "good guys" in the warbirds community, and will always be remembered for his easy grin and willingness to go out of his way to help fellow warbird enthusiasts. Watch the video.  
EAA Radio Operation Halyard
EAA Radio's Digital Dave talked with Bill David, EAA Chapter 582 Toledo, Ohio during AirVenture 2009, about Arthur Jibilian and his participation in Operation Halyard; a never revealed mission to rescue 513 downed American airmen during WW II by landing C-47s on top of a mountain in Serbia. More information about Jibilian can be found at the Tesla Memorial Society of New York.
Listen to the interview
DEC 5 - EAA Warbirds Squadron 6 Meeting and Christmas Party. EAA AirVenture Museum, Fergus Plaza, Oshkosh, WI. Meeting 11 a.m.-12 noon. Lunch 12-1 p.m. Tour of EAA AirVenture Museum 1-4 p.m. Info: Dave Schommer at 920-246-3430 or

FEB 18-21, 2010 - 16th National Warbird Operator Conference, San Diego, CA. Visit

APR 13-18, 2010 - Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, Lakeland, FL. Visit

JUL 26-AUG 1, 2010 - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI. Visit

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