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Flight Lead
A Note From the Editor
Harold Cannon,
Sun 'n Fun is A Great Excuse to Fly
The winter break in flying is finally done. This is being written in the wind and sun (and sometimes blowing sand) of the Sun 'n Fun Warbird flight line. Getting to an air 
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show is often a bit more than half the fun, and this year is no exception. Like a kid writing about his summer vacation, I have work to do (if you can call writing for Briefing work). 
My T-34 adventure began early last Friday. After a crazy Thursday at work and packing bags, I was waiting for my T-34 to return from its annual inspection. This year didn't spring any big surprises, and hopefully things would be good to go. By 7 a.m., the "yellow bird" arrived and packing was done. In another half hour, one of my best friends pulled his T-34 onto the apron; briefing for a formation cross-country began. Read more
Echelon Left
By Bill Fischer, Executive Director, EAA Warbirds of America
B-17 Polish and Shine - How Many EAAers Does it Take?
Wiping bugs off the leading edges of my 172 is usually a pretty easy task. A little spray, a little elbow grease, and the old Cessna is shiny as new. I usually spend 30 to 45 minutes cleaning after each flight.  B-17 Sparkle and Shine party
Imagine having 50 people spending nearly four hours cleaning and polishing an aircraft with four radial engines and a wingspan over 103 feet, a length over 74 feet, and a height over 19 feet! That was the scene in EAA's Kermit Weeks Hangar as staff and volunteers gathered to prepare Aluminum Overcast, EAA's B-17 Flying Fortress, for the 2010 Salute to Veterans Tour. Read more
Safety Brief
Safety News and Issues
Aircraft Engine Info Available to EAA Warbirds Members
During the recent National Warbird Operator Conference in San Diego, California, EAA Warbirds of America Executive Director Bill Fischer had the opportunity to visit with EAA Warbirds member Dan Whitney. Dan is an aircraft engine enthusiast and described the work that the Aircraft Engine Historical Society (AEHS) had accomplished in order to document the history of aircraft engines, and of particular interest to our members, information regarding military aircraft engines. Read more
Avoiding Airborne Pilot Deviations
Many obstacles exist that can interfere with a pilot's ability to maintain situational awareness. For example, fatigue, stress, or work overload can cause the pilot to fixate on a single perceived important item rather than maintaining an overall awareness of the flight situation. Many flight deck distractions begin as a minor problem, such as a gauge that isn't reading correctly, but result in deviations or accidents as the pilot diverts attention to the perceived problem and neglects to properly control the aircraft. In this edition of the FAA Safety Team Safety Tip, the FAA warns that airborne pilot deviations continue to be a problem which ATC controllers and pilots must work together to resolve. Don't become a statistic or a headline! Read more
The Voice of Hypoxia - Kalitta 66
One of the hazards of high-altitude operation is hypoxia. In the following audio, you can hear firsthand the symptoms and feel the danger of this silent killer. During the radio exchange from the aircraft, several times the pilot conveyed that things were fine. The crew had little idea how impaired they actually were. Hypoxia can be like laughing gas...till you happily pass out. Kalitta 66 was above flight level 260 when the drama began. Read more
Test Flight
Maintenance and Restoration News
Museum to Rename TF-51D Acquisition ‘Galveston Gal’
The Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas, in January acquired a two-seat dual-control North American TF-51D Mustang. The aircraft has been flown to a restoration facility to be freshened up and painted. The Mustang will  Galveston Gal
be painted in the colors of the 359th Fighter Group, 370th Fighter Squadron, Code CS-F, and will be named "Galveston Gal." Read more
Mission Profile
March’s Featured Stories
68th Doolittle Raiders Reunion
The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association Reunion was held Friday through Saturday, April 16-18, at the U.S. Air Force Museum abeam Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. There are eight surviving crew members of the 80 Doolittle Raiders Reunion
who flew on the mission and four attended the reunion. The gathering of 17 B-25s, was the largest gathering of the North American-built bombers since the making of the film Catch-22 (1970) more than four decades ago. Read more
AT-6 Featured in GMA Segment with Sully and Robin Roberts
Robin Roberts, ABC's Good Morning America co-anchor, always wanted to follow in the footsteps of her late father, who was a Tuskegee Airman during World War II. She got her opportunity recently by flying with one of the world's most recognized pilots, Capt. Chesley Sully and Roberts
"Sully" Sullenberger, of US Airways flight 1549 fame, the Miracle on the Hudson flight of January 15, 2009. Sully and Flight 1549 First Officer Jeff Skiles are co-chairmen of EAA's Young Eagles program. Read more
Webinar Offers Tips to Improve Your Squadron
EAA's line-up of Webinars (web-based seminars) continues to gain popularity. The hour-long presentations feature expert presenters on a variety of aviation topics. Registration is now open and free of charge for EAA members:

More Webinars are added frequently. To view a complete and up-to-date list of all EAA Webinars, visit the webinars page.

Book Review - The First Jet Pilot: The Story of German Test Pilot Erich Warsitz
World War II saw an explosion of scientific and technical knowledge as both sides fought for an edge and victory. Aviation was perhaps the greatest beneficiary of these advances according to author Lutz Warsitz, who tells the story of German test pilot Erich Warsitz in his book, The First Jet Pilot: The Story of German Test Pilot Erich Warsitz. Read more Book
Sun 'n Fun 2010 Warbird Award Winners
Warbird attendance at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, this year was up, and several warbird owners have reason to be especially proud. View the 2010 award winners
Warbirds Needed for Flyover of WI VA Medical
The Tomah VA Medical Center (Tomah, Wisconsin) is seeking Warbird pilots for a flyover as part of its annual Memorial Day program on May 28, 2010. This year the program will honor WWII veterans in a "Tribute to WWII Veterans" ceremony. Steve Bradley, son of Iwo Jima flag raiser John "Jack" Bradley from Antigo, Wisconsin, will be the guest speaker. The program includes a reenactment of the Iwo Jima flag raising. Over 500 people are expected to attend.

If you're interested, contact Public Affairs Officer James Theres at 608-372-7759 by Monday, May 17, 2010.

Briefing Editor Invites YOU to a Party
File this in the shameless plug bin. Over the last four years, it has been my joy to host a warbird fly-in at my home airport, KOWB, in Kentucky. What started as a midsummer birthday party has Fly in
grown to the point of a barbecue for about 100 folks and a great get-together for the friends I hold most dear. Last year, we had 14 T-34s, about four Yaks/CJs, a couple of Stearmans, four T-6s, a T-28, a P-51, and two L-39s on our ramp.

As they used to say of the church social, "A good time was had by all." Currently just over half of our block of 40 rooms is spoken for, so if you fly a warbird and want to get in on the fun, call 270-316-9014. If there's no answer, just leave a message, and we'll get back to you. Most folks arrive on Friday afternoon for burgers in the hangar that night. Saturday night's party comes with a live band. Dates for this year are Friday, June 11, and Saturday, June 12. Spouses, kids, and friends are all welcome. Hope to see you there.

Warbird Squadron 24 Re-energized
Declining interest in aviation and the economy have been shrinking general aviation, the EAA, and Warbirds of America (WOA). Florida-based Warbird Squadron 24 had shrunk to 12 members by the time of the official 2009 squadron renewal. But even though the future looked bleak, the remaining loyal members wanted to do something about it. That year, the group decided to install new leadership. They hoped that new blood and a fresh vision would breathe life back into the squadron. Read more
Chipmunks to Oshkosh 2010
Want to be part of the plan to get as many de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunks as possible to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year?
If you own or fly a Chipmunk or know someone that does, please send contact information to Carol de Solla Atkin, who is leading the project and generating an e-mail list to communicate and coordinate the effort.
There are seven confirmed Chipmunks at the moment, but estimates indicate this number will grow significantly. Carol can be reached at
EAA Warbirds of America Accepting Hall of Fame Nominations
EAA Warbirds of America is now accepting nominations for the Sport Aviation Hall of Fame. One outstanding aviator will be inducted from each of EAA's communities, including Warbirds, during a special ceremony at the EAA Museum's Eagle Hangar on Friday, October 29, 2010. Nomination papers for the Hall of Fame must be received in EAA Warbirds of America headquarters by May, 1, 2010. Click here for more information.
EAA WOA Spring Clearance Sale
Save an average of $15 on official EAA Warbirds of America flight jackets. Sage green color, nylon construction, water resistant, lined, with Warbirds embroidered logo on right front and embroidered American flag on left sleeve. S-3XL. Order now! Jacket sale
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 6, May 2010

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Blimp Hangars Highlighted in History Video

In 1942, the war department built two of the largest wooden structures in the world at the Santa Ana Naval Air Station in Tustin, California. The Tustin lighter-than-air (LTA) base housed blimps that flew coastal antisubmarine patrols armed with bombs and depth charges. Blimps were part of the coastal defenses during WWII, and Tustin was one of two LTA bases that guarded the West Coast. The base site is slowly being developed now, but the city of Tustin has produced a video that conveys the mammoth size of these hangars and their mission.

Watch the video

A Personal Invitation from Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise invites EAAers to the Salute to Veterans celebration at AirVenture 2010, as well as his special concert at Theater in the Woods.
Gary Sinise
Watch the video
Camera System Gives Four Air Show Angles at Once
Tim Ennis of MotoCam 360 recently visited with Bill Fischer of EAA Warbirds about his new Shockbox onboard video recording system. Tim also flies a Yak-52, and he shared with us what it's like to fly the air show at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, from many different perspectives. 
Watch the video on Oshkosh365
Doolittle Raiders 68th Anniversary Reunion
Seventeen B-25s showed up for a reunion at the National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton, Ohio, April 16-18, to commemorate a 1942 raid on Tokyo and other Japanese cities. The raid was meant to put the Japanese on notice, conveying that, despite their crippling strike on U.S. bases at Pearl Harbor four months earlier, their home islands were also vulnerable to attack.
Photo gallery
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Norman Bergman Flying the P-61 Black Widow
Norman Bergman has flown a lot of airplanes including the P-38, B-17, and
during WWII the served as aerial photographer in the B-24. For nearly two decades he worked as an aerial survey pilot where he got the rare chance to fly the P-61 Black Widow. Norman talked recently with EAA Radio's Fast Eddie about being what he believes is the only person to hold a type rating in the P-61. 
Listen to the program

Monthly - Chino, CA - EAA Warbirds Squadron 16 Meetings are held every month on the 1st & 3rd Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Planes of Fame Air Museum.
Info: Enrico Bottieri, Commander
Phone: 714-964-4864
E-mail: Web:

May 21–23 - Green Bay, WI - LZ Lambeau. A state-wide effort to recognize and honor Wisconsin Viet Nam veterans will be held at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. Displays, special speakers, recognition, music, the Moving Wall Exhibit, military vehicles, and more. Vietnam era warbird aircraft will assemble for static display at Austin Straubel International airport (KGRB). EAA Warbirds of America members encouraged to participate.

May 22 - Fullerton, CA - U.S. Coast Guard Aux Flotilla 6-06 Fly & Float Festival at Fullerton Municipal Airport (Orange County) 10 am. Honoring Tuskegee Airmen & WASP service.  Featuring Tuskegee pilot Ollie Goodall on his 88th BD. Free event.
Info: Terry Rouch
Phone: 714-869-8888.

May 22–23 - Virginia Beach, VA - Military Aviation Museum presents Warbirds over the Beach fly-in. Re-enactors and warbird demo flights. Military ground re-enactors, flight missions, food and big bands. Mile long turf runway Gates open at 8:30 am. Steak dinner and hangar dance Saturday night.
Phone: 757-721-7767

May 28 - Tomah, WI - Warbird pilots sought for flyover for Tomah, WI VA Medical Center Memorial Day Program on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 2 PM. 
Info: Contact Public Affairs Officer, James Theres
Phone: 608-373-7759 by Monday, May 17, 2010.

May 29 - Cincinnati, OH - EAA Warbirds Squadron 18, USO Show on Coney Island to honor veterans. 
Info: Jim Stitt
Phone: 513-241-1661

May 29–31 - Stratford, CT - “Wings & Wheels 2010, Corsairs over Connecticut” presented by the Discovery Museum and Planetarium. This benefit, held at the Sikorsky Memorial Airport, will salute the F4U Corsair’s 70th anniversary. Five corsairs, a Black Hawk, a Seabat and more; vintage car show; Young Eagle rides; Big Band WWII Hangar Dance on Saturday night.
Info: Jane Hollis 203-372-3531, ext. 115

May 31 - Cincinnati, OH - EAA Warbirds Squadron 18, Memorial Day Parade Flyovers.
Info: Jim Stitt, Commander
Phone: 513-241-1661 

July 26-Aug 1, 2010 - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI. Visit

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