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Flight Lead
By Rick Siegfried, President, EAA Warbirds of America
Hightower Visits Midwinter Warbirds Flightline Meeting
Traveling to Oshkosh is always a pleasant journey, although the middle of January isn't exactly the same experience as visiting OSH during EAA AirVenture. This year, just like in many previous Januarys, many of the Warbird of America's volunteer community gathered in central Wisconsin to attend the Midwinter Warbirds Flightline Meeting. Forty-two hardy volunteers and 13 members joined via the Internet to review last year's effort and look ahead to the 2011 Oshkosh experience.  Rick Siegfried
Paul Poberezny, Rod Hightower, Adam Smith, and Sean Elliott of EAA all stopped by during our meeting. I was also able to spend a little time with Rod now that he's six months into his new position at EAA. Read more
Warbirds Magazine Reader Survey
Since its founding in 1964, Warbirds of America members have served as a dynamic and vibrant force, preserving former military aircraft. The passionate spirit of our members has led to an outstanding organization that has expanded along with the interests of our members. As a part of an ongoing effort to continually improve our publications and services, our editorial staff and I would like your input and reactions to Warbirds magazine. We want to hear what you have to say! Read more
Echelon Left
By Bill Miller, Secretary, Warbirds of America
Board of Directors Meet at NWOC
In late February most of the Warbirds of America Board of Directors traveled to Pensacola, Florida, for the winter board meeting. While for some of us the escape to a warmer part of the country was welcome, we did accomplish much during our meeting. While AirVenture provides visibility to much of our efforts, there is much to do throughout the rest of the year that most folks do not see. Read more
Bill Miller
Test Flight
Maintenance and Restoration News
Focke-Wulf Trainer Restoration Making Progress
A Focke-Wulf P.149D, serial number 70, is currently undergoing rebuild/restoration at Centennial Airport (KAPA), just south of Denver, Colorado. The aircraft was originally built in 1959 at the Focke-Wulf aircraft manufacturing plant in Bremen, Germany.  FW149D
It served as a flight trainer for the German Luftwaffe for several years, then was sold to Swissair, and used as an instrument trainer from 1987 to 2000.  Read more
MiG-29 Fighter Soars Over the Pacific Northwest
The Historic Flight Foundation reports that its 1989 MiG-29UB, the second privately owned aircraft of its type to fly, completed the FAA-required 5-hour Phase 1 flight test program on February 9. MiG-29 Test
The aircraft (N29UB) is now certificated for normal flight operations after successfully demonstrating rolls, loops, dives and climbs, afterburner takeoffs, and high-altitude flight. Read more and watch the video
GI News
Updates on Government Issues and Advocacy
Cascade Warbirds Seek Applicants for 2011 Youth Scholarships
Last month we told you about Squadron 2's recent scholarship award winners. The Cascade Warbirds are now calling for 2011 applications for programs including Private Pilot Ground School With Introductory Flights, as well as a trip to EAA AirVenture Advanced Air Academy 2011 to be held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Apply here
11 Missing Airmen From WWII Identified
The Department of Defense announced recently that the remains of 11 U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.  11 Missing Airmen Identified
On November 20, 1943, a B-24D crew took off from Jackson Airfield, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on a night radar search mission for shipping over the Bismarck Sea and Wewak. During the mission, the only radio transmission from the crew indicated they were 20 miles northwest of Port Moresby, but they did not return to Jackson Airfield. Read more
Mission Profile
Featured Stories
Over the Ocean II
Here's the last in a series of three articles by Rich Hess. As editor I must admit that this was to be number two, but the previous issue involved an aircraft dear to me. So, dealer's choice. Ride along as an L-39 goes across the North Atlantic with "Over the Ocean II." Read more Over the Ocean
Pilot Reunited With WWII Plane
When an L-5B became available for sale, people at Cable Airport near San Bernardino, California, purchased it in part because the L-5B had a "war diary" with its paperwork, and logs noted that it arrived in Iwo Jima, in support of the historic invasion in February of 1945. A name appearing frequently in the logs was "T. Rozga."  Nose Art
Lt. Thomas Rozga and
'Lady Satan' on Iwo Jima
The curious folks at Cable began making inquiries and located in Florida a Thomas Rozga, now 87 years old, who flew the L-5B over Iwo Jima six decades ago. Read more
Featured Newsletter: Squadron 4 of Northern Illinois
The Squadron is a publication of EAA/Warbirds of America Squadron 4. It's a great example of what this very active organization is doing in support of warbird activity. This month we feature the November issue which highlights Squadron 4's great experience with the visiting EAA B-17, Aluminum Overcast. Read the issue Squadron 4 newsletter
America's First Jet Aircraft
The first U.S. jet aircraft didn't blow the doors off of anything, but it was the first time surrounding pilots and observers were exposed to the eerie quiet and smoothness of jet flight. Yet even though America was entering the jet age, this video shows in the early years  XP59
that simplistic ingenuity often saved the day - from the portable mission control center to the open-cockpit (human) flight data recorder to a $2 fix for sticky instruments. Watch the video
Chuckie Arrives at Virginia Museum
The Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, said good-bye last month to Chuckie, its beloved B-17 Flying Fortress. The World War II airplane arrived in Virginia to a rousing welcome at its new home, Jerry Yagen's Military Aviation Museum at Virginia Beach. Chuckie is the only airworthy B-17 Pathfinder in existence. Even Chuckie
though it never saw combat, it was originally equipped with an H2X Mickey radar unit in place of a ball turret and was intended to lead bombing missions. Watch the video
Attend a Southern State Warbird Event This Year
It's never too early to start planning for fun flying. Warbirds of America Squadron One (Tennessee) has several area events to look forward to including Armed Forces Day, the Great Tennessee Air Show, and the Owensboro Warbird Fly-In. Read more Squadron One
Webinars: Spitfire, Hurricane, BF-109: Which is Best? Watch this Webinar!
SRob Erdos is Chief Test Pilot for the National Research Council, Canada and has personally flown all three great fighters of the Battle of Britain - the Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane and an ultra-rare Messerschmitt Bf-109E. In this fascinating presentation, he will analyze and compare the flying qualities of each aircraft and attempt to answer the question that has perplexed generations of historians, pilots and aircraft enthusiasts - which aircraft was best?

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT. To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for their generous sponsorship of our webinar programs.

Issue 2, February 2011

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Gun Camera

The C-133 "Crashmaster"

Air Force insiders called it the C-133 Crashmaster. It was the U.S. Air Force's heavy lift cargo hauler from 1956 to 1971 before it was supplanted by the C-5A. Fifty were built, but nine crashed mostly due to its stall characteristics. The C-133 served as the primary transport of intercontinental ballistic missiles, plus Atlas, Titan, and Saturn boosters for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs.

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Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show
Check out this video from the "other side of the pond." The Duxford air show is a little bit of Warbird heaven. During the battle, Duxford airfield was part of Royal Air Force - 12 Group, and the aerial combat tactic the "Duxford Big Wing" which had been developed by two 12 Group officers was named after the base.

Duxford Air Show

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National Naval Aviation Museum - Pensacola
Two months into a year-long celebration of the centennial of U.S. Naval Aviation we head to Pensacola, Florida, and the National Naval Aviation Museum. Enjoy 153 high-quality photos from inside and outside the extensive museum, all posted to the online forum CDSG.


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March 11-13-Titusville, FL
Valiant Air Command's 2011 Tico Warbird Air Show; military fly-bys, dog fights; vintage warbirds on static display. 

March 29-Sugar Grove, IL
Warbirds Squadron 4 General Meeting at Air Classic Museum at 11 AM. Info: Brian Churchill 

March 26-Riverside, CA
Air show 2011 at Riverside municipal airport will feature warbirds, flybys, static displays, classic car show, military vehicle show, vendors and kiddie carnival. Free admission. Judging and trophies. 951-682-1771.

March 29-April 3-Lakeland, FL
Annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-in

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