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A Note From the Editor
Welcome back to Warbirds Briefing, and Happy New Year to all! As I write this it's Christmas Eve. When I signed up for this gig, no one explained publication lead time! Here's hoping that all in our Warbird community had a wonderful holiday season, and let's look forward to another great year of "Keep 'Em Flying." Harold Cannon
Things are hectic around here; I'm preparing for a day-after-Christmas trip to New Zealand. That begs the question, "Why?" Well, shortly after college graduation my oldest informed me that her plans included a year off to live in New Zealand. I raved about the people, geography, culture, and what a generally good idea that was. I got one of those "Who are you and what did you do with Dad?" looks, until I asked how she proposed to pay for this little adventure. That was met with "Welcome back, Dad." To my great surprise and pride she did it all on her own, and now it's time for a trek around the world for a Christmas visit. Why do children of interesting people (like Warbird enthusiasts) have to be so darn interesting themselves? I don't think that I've ever dreaded getting in any aircraft, but 17 hours in an airline seat?

On the upside, there are Warbirds in New Zealand (, and I intend to find them and report back! In any case this should make the trek from Kentucky to San Diego for the National Warbird Operator Conference (NWOC) seem like a stroll. Hope to see you at NWOC, and remember, the days are getting longer. There's hope of spring and the flying it brings!

Harold Cannon
Editor, EAA Warbirds Briefing

Safety Brief
Safety News and Issues
Flying the Overhead Pattern
I was asked by a couple of folks to write an article about flying a safe overhead pattern after I did a presentation at the FAST board of directors meeting at the past National Warbird Operator Conference in D.C. We had two RedStar Pilots Association (RPA) members in the lead aircraft (a Nanchang CJ-6) killed after bringing a three-ship back to the local traffic pattern in January 2009 in Texas. We know the airplane stalled and entered a spin late in the base turn with a strong overshooting wind present that day. We may never know the rest of the story, but let's talk a little about how best to fly a military overhead pattern. Read more
Six Rules for Safe Warbird Operation
"Organization is the key to success." This phrase should be placarded in every cockpit. The modern avionics and cockpit design philosophy that many take for granted today are sorely missing from yesterday's designs. Switches, gauges, and instruments seem to be placed haphazardly with little thought and could be in different places in aircraft just a few serial numbers apart. Warbirds are especially prone to this phenomenon. This places an even higher workload on a pilot whose time in type and proficiency may not be that high. Read more
GI News
Updates on Government Issues and Advocacy
Certain Electronic Flight Display Failures Now Reportable to NTSB
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this month issued a final rule document in the Federal Register that modified when a pilot must report an accident or incident. The changes include most electronic flight display types such as Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) displays, Engine Indication And Crew Alerting System (EICAS) displays, Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitor (ECAM) displays, Primary Flight Display (PFD), and Primary Navigation Display (PND). The NTSB requires these changes if more than 50 percent of the cockpit displays experience a complete loss of information. The reportable criteria does not include flickering. Read more
Mission Profile
January’s Featured Stories
Duel With Maverick in Your Own Su-27 'Flanker'
Let’s say you’re filming the next Top Gun, and you need an aircraft to represent the frontline fighters currently in use by potential adversaries. Or maybe you’re joining the space tourism industry, and you need a chase aircraft for your space vehicle test flights. Flanker
In either application you’ll need an aircraft that has exceptional maneuverability and speed as well as records for rate of climb and altitude. You need a Sukhoi Su-27, and there are two for sale. Read more
Squadron One Elects 2010 Board Members
Warbirds Squadron One selected an uncharacteristically dressy venue for its winter meeting. Using the annual induction ceremony of the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame banquet as a backdrop and in the words of the church social secretary, "A good time was had by all."   Read more Squadron 1
Connecticut's Official State Aircraft
Connecticut Corsair is a volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion of education and local business in the state of Connecticut. It's also an aircraft restoration project aimed at restoring to flight the Official State Aircraft of Connecticut, the Chance Corsair
Vought F4U Corsair. Through the restoration of one of the most advanced fighter aircraft of the Second World War, the organization provides a medium by which current and future students can be educated in the areas of math, science, and engineering. One person behind the project is Craig McBurney, who was profiled by about his 20-year involvement with the aircraft restoration.
Steve Hinton Named AirShowBuzz POY
AirShowBuzz (ASB), a media company that delivers a multitude of offerings to aviation enthusiasts including live video coverage of the International Council of Air Shows awards banquet, has selected Steve Hinton as the recipient of the ASB Person of the Year Award. Steve Hinton
The prestigious and highly coveted award is given each year to an air show icon that captures the passion of flight, and this past year Hinton was no exception after becoming the youngest pilot to win the top prize at the Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show, Reno, Nevada, in September. Read more
CAF Establishes Member Hall of Fame
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has announced the establishment of the CAF Member Hall of Fame. In 2010, the CAF will begin the process of recognizing the men and women who have dedicated themselves to honoring American military aviation by working to secure the future of the organization. Read more
"Save the Stories" Program and "Bomber Town" Coming to KAM
Kissimmee Air Museum, located at he Kissimmee Gateway Airport, is launching their new "Save the Stories" program on January 30, 2010, from 1-4 p.m. Oral history interviewer Tom Mazzoli will be collecting and recording the  Save the Stories
memories of those who made history in WWII. "Save the Stories" wants to preserve the stories of not only those on the front lines but also those on the home front during the war who, by their sacrifices and contributions, made a difference.  Read more
National Warbird Operators Conference Next Month
The Warbird community will gather next month in San Diego, California for the National Warbird Operators Conference (NWOC) February 18-21. The conference brings together warbird owners, operators, and museum directors to address particular events facing warbird owners and to discuss common goals related to the ever-changing economics, operations and regulations pertaining to flying ex-military aircraft. Visit for more information and to register.
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 3, January 2010

Gun Camera

Duxford - Flying Legend Airshow 2009
The German side...

Enjoy a slideshow and video presentation from the famous Duxford (England) air show in 2009. Included are shots of rare WWII German fighters that are still flying. One is the Fw 190, and the other is the Me 109, more properly known as the Bf 109.

WWII German fighters
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First Civilian Sukhoi Su-27 'Flanker'
The Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker," still in service in 11 countries, is now available for purchase by civilians. Two are for sale including N131SU, seen below, by Pride Aircraft, Inc.

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EAA Radio Restoring the P-61 Black Widow
Mid-Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM) President Russ Strine talks with EAA Radio's Fast Eddie about the MAAM's restoration of a Northrop P-61B Black Widow. The museum recovered it from a mountain in Indonesia in 1991.
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MONTHLY - Chino, CA - EAA Warbirds Squadron 16 Meetings are held every month on the 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Planes of Fame Air Museum (Briefing Room, 7000 Merrill Ave, Chino, CA) Info: Enrico Bottieri, Commander, 714-964-4864

JAN 23-24 - Punta Gorda, FL - EAA Warbird Sq. 24 Presents "Warbird Weekend" with 40+ warbird aircraft (flying and static), re-enactors, dinner dance on Saturday night with era music.
Info: 941-639-6187

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

Are you planning to attend EAA AirVenture 2010? Are you bringing a Warbird?
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