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A Note From the Editor
Harold Cannon,
Briefing Is Growing! 
More Member and Squadron News Wanted
When I volunteered to get Briefing started about a year and a half ago, I thought that it might mean hiring a young computer whiz and spending a bit of time online to get a mass e-mail list working. Little did I know that EAA Warbirds of America already had access to a very capable IT department. No, Harold Cannon
what was needed was someone to cajole and beg articles from friends and acquaintances, read suggested pieces, write introductions, and select subjects. In short what was needed was someone with publishing experience. I didn't have any, and sometimes that showed. Well, with time comes experience, but I'm not about to give up my day job. With a lot of help from Bill Fischer, our Warbirds of America executive director, and Fareed Guyot, manager of EAA electronic publications, Briefing is alive, well, and growing. Read more
Test Flight
Safety News and Issues
FAA Safety Team Tip
A safety tip from the FAASTeam
With spring just around the corner, it's time to knock the dust and cobwebs off our favorite aircraft and get ready for the flying season. Just as important to our flying safety as prepping our birds for flight after winter storage is the 
Safety Brief
prepping of our minds for safe flight operations. It's time to clear our heads and brush up on the proper techniques and skills required to operate the aircraft safely and proficiently. Read more
New FAA Safety Briefing Focuses on Standdown Themes
The FAA's four Safety Standdown themes - positive flight attitude, going beyond preflight, en route cruise, and maneuvering flight - are the focus of the FAA Safety Briefing March/April edition, now available for download from the FAA website. Data shows that lack of FAA Safety Briefing
attention and training in these areas has led to a large number of GA accidents. Also highlighted are the outreach efforts of the FAA Safety Team and its 2nd Annual Safety Standdown, the main event of which is scheduled for April 2 at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida.

The agency also launched its Safety Standdown website this week, including a message from FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, links to content in the four theme areas, and a map of Standdown events across the country.

Test Flight
Maintenance and Restoration News
First 9/11 Aircraft Responder to Debut at PCA Museum
The Pacific Coast Air Museum has the honor of being the home of the first aircraft to respond to the World Trade Center attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. On loan from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the 9/11 F-15 First Responder
 "First Responder" F-15A Eagle aircraft is currently being reassembled and restored to the condition and markings it wore that day. Read more
GI News
Updates on Government Issues and Squadron News
5 Doolittle Raiders to Attend 69th Reunion in Nebraska
The 69th Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Anniversary Reunion is coming up soon. This year the reunion will be held April 14 to 17 at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland, Nebraska, near Lincoln and Omaha. Organizers say five surviving raiders B-25
plan on attending. The Doolittle Raid launched on April 18, 1942, and was the first Allied bombing attack on Japanese home islands following the attacks on Pearl Harbor. It was a "Mission that changed the war…" Read more
Mission Profile
Featured Stories
Fifi Coming to Oshkosh
First visit since 1995 for world's only airworthy B-29
Flying again after a four-year renovation, the world's only airworthy Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Fifi, is planned for a much-anticipated appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, confirmed the Commemorative Air Fifi
Force (CAF) last week. Part of CAF's B-29/B-24 Squadron based in Addison, Texas, Fifi will arrive at Wittman Regional Airport Tuesday, July 26, and stay for the duration, including flying in Friday's air show, July 29, as part of the daylong veterans salute. This will be Fifi's first appearance since 1995. Read more | Watch the video
Big Boy 31: Court-Martial vs. Silver Star
Some things just work out, and sometimes it seems that fate takes a hand. It's a story now of legend, and it's all true. Two Vietnam Air Force pilots first met over North Vietnam in a very dire situation and survived, but they never knew each other's names. Over four score later back stateside they were reunited for the first time. Jeff Jardine of The Modesto Bee tells the story of court-martial versus Silver Star. Read more Refueling
How It's Made: Model of a Kingfisher
Watch the progress as a master model maker creates an incredible miniature version of the U.S. Navy Kingfisher in 1:15 scale. No power tools were used; it's just one of those things that has to be seen to be believed. Wonder if he would like to scale this up a bit? Watch the video Kingfisher model
Minnesota ANG to Celebrate 90 Years
This summer the Minnesota Air National Guard (MNANG) is celebrating its 90th anniversary with an air expo on Saturday, July 16, 2011. The Minnesota Air National Guard Museum and Historical Foundation is partnering with MNANG to celebrate this Minnesota ANG to Celebrate 90 Years
important milestone by hosting a reunion celebration for all present and MNANG members. The database of former MNANG members is lacking a bit, so please spread the word throughout the Warbird community about this important event. Read more
Duck and Cover!
Recently an anti-littering commercial for the "Don't Mess with Texas" ad campaign featuring the CAF's B-17 won a vote for best of all time in the 25-year history of the campaign. Now behind-the-scenes video taken during the  Duck and Cover
making of the ad has surfaced. Pay special attention to how many times the film crew hits the ground when the plane makes a low pass. Watch the video
Webinars: Want to Hold a Young Eagles Rally? Watch this Webinar!
A Young Eagles rally can be fun and rewarding for everyone, but it can be stressful if not properly planned. EAA wants to make the experience fun while still taking care of all the details. Join Michelle Kunes, Young Eagles program administrator, as she gives you strategies to make your next Young Eagles event memorable, fun, and stress-free.

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 3, March 2011

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Gun Camera

DC-8 STOL at Marble Mountain

In 1969 a Seaboard World Airlines DC-8 was on approach to Runway 17L at Da Nang Air Base in Vietnam. It was 2 a.m. and the crew mistook Marble Mountain Air Facility for Da Nang and landed on its 3,300-foot strip, where helicopters and OV-1s were normally based. A U.S. service member shot this video of the preparations and eventual short field departure of one of the largest airliners of the day. 

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'55 Chevy With P-51 Power
Sometimes you know that something just isn't right, but you have to look anyway. Take for instance this '55 Chevy, powered by a V-12 Merlin. Yep, you heard that right, and it's so wrong. Click below for the video proof. I just want that engine back where it belongs.

'55 Chevy

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Photo Essay: Edwards Air Show and Open House
By Bernard Zee, for EAA Warbirds Briefing
Edwards Air Force Base hadn't had an open house event for three years, so there had been a lot of interest in the 2009 show. Edwards is the main Air Force flight test center for the United States and has a rich aviation history behind it. There were some fantastic displays and flying to be seen at the Edwards Air Show and Open House. Oh, and it got hot, too. Something about being a desert and all that.


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Navigators: The Rodney Dangerfields of the Air Corps
EAA RadioDuring AirVenture 2010 EAA celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Boeing B-17 bomber. During a daily Warbirds in Review session held at Scotts Warbird Alley, Jack Sinise (uncle to actor Gary Sinise) and Don Casey spoke about their experiences as navigators on the B-17 during World War II.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
Monthly-Chino, CA
EAA Warbirds Squadron 16 meetings are held every month on the 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9 to 5 at Planes of Fame Air Museum
Info: Enrico Bottieri, Commander
Phone: 714-964-4864
E-mail | Website

April 23-Marengo, IL
Warbirds Squadron 4 "Hands On" Workshop Event - B-17E Flying Fortress. Kellner Restoration Group.

May 1-Half Moon Bay, CA
The 21st Annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show. 100s of aircraft, including vintage warbirds; flyovers; rides available. Also old & new cars, fire engines, buses, motorcycles. Info: 650-726-2328

May 7-Virginia Beach, VA
Flying Prom: Vintage aircraft flying maneuvers, live music by Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the Military Aviation Museum.
Info: 757-721-Prop

May 14-Rock Falls, IL
Warbirds Squadron 4 Fly/Drive-In at Tim Dunavin's house - "Day on the Western Front" starts at 11 a.m.

Q. How many events does your squadron hold each year?

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