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Flight Lead
A Note From the Editor
Harold Cannon,
Bring Lola Home
"All really great flying adventures begin at dawn," or so says Stephen Coonts as he begins to recount his Stearman summer in The Cannibal Queen. This is my favorite book, and it explains what I'm doing climbing into a Stearman at seven in the morning in Palm Springs, California. Mr.  Harold Cannon
Coonts, if you are reading, we only made it across three states and one pretty good stretch of rocks and desert, but it was all your fault. Read more
Test Flight
Safety News and Issues
Mac McClellan's Left Seat Blog
Settling With Power on Top of Osama
The cause of the crash of the U.S. military helicopter during the assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan was reportedly a unique helicopter
aerodynamic phenomenon that pilots call “settling with power.”
Macs Blog
The official term for settling with power is vortex ring state, and the term pretty well describes what is happening. The magic of helicopters is their ability to hover, and to move in any direction including backward. But the mechanisms and aerodynamics of hovering are almost unbelievably complicated. Read more
Airport Surface Operations Dangers
Recently there was an incident where one aircraft (Aircraft A) was given taxi clearance from the ramp to the hold short line of the departure runway. Another aircraft (Aircraft B) was given taxi instructions from the runway to the ramp with directions to hold short of the intersecting taxiway FAA Safety Briefing
and give way to the first aircraft. Both pilots read back their instructions correctly. Read more
Test Flight
Maintenance and Restoration News
Last Flying Vulcan Returns to Cold War Home
The last flying Vulcan, XH558, is to spend the summer based at the airfield where she once stood on Quick Reaction Alert during the Cold War. Doncaster Sheffield – the United Kingdom’s newest commercial airport – is the former Royal Air Force Station (RAF) Finningley, once “the home of the Vulcans.” Read more Vulcan
GI News
Updates on Warbird and Squadron News
'NAS Oshkosh'

Largest collection of naval aircraft to be at AirVenture
From the 1911 Curtiss-Ely Pusher that made the first ship-based takeoff and landing to aircraft in the current inventory, AirVenture 2011 will showcase the largest 

collection of naval aircraft spanning all eras ever assembled in one location. As a designated Tier 1 event for the Centennial of Naval Aviation commemoration, attendees can see unique restorations and replicas, modern fighters, special attractions, appearances, and forums. There's even a special parking area just east of Scotts Warbird Alley we're calling NAS Oshkosh. Read more
Mellow Yellow

Fairchild Cornell to appear at AirVenture 2011
If you live in Canada, Vintage Wings’ “Yellow Flight” will be winging its way near you on their cross-country celebration of the
wartime British Commonwealth

Air Training Plan. We bring you, by way of Vintage Wings of Canada, the story of one “Yellow Wings” Fairchild Cornell, that was miraculously restored on a very tight schedule. Read more| Yellow Wings Across Canada
Olympia, Washington Event Now a Warbird Wings Venue

EAA Warbirds of America is pleased to announce that the Olympic Flight Museum’s 13th Annual Air Show will be a “Warbird Wings” designated event. The show will be held June 18 and 19 (Father’s Day weekend) at Olympia Regional Airport, Washington (OLM). Approval of the Olympic Flight Museum’s

Annual Air Show as a Warbird Wings event was a direct effort by EAA Warbirds of America and Cascade Warbirds, Squadron 2, to empower the local Warbirds Squadrons with more effective leadership in their regions. Read more
Eagle Plaza Brick Project Dedication at AirVenture

The Eagle Plaza is a special area of reflection, dedicated to veterans and volunteers alike. The focal point is a stunning monument featuring a beautiful cast-bronze eagle perched atop a six-sided base that pays tribute to the five branches of U.S.

military service plus the many dedicated volunteers of EAA Warbirds of America. The Eagle Monument is “Dedicated to Those Who Serve.” Read more and purchase your brick
Squadron 4 Finds Scratchbuilt P-61

EAA Warbirds of America Squadron 4 is one of our most active chapters. This month’s newsletter really reflects that and gives us all a mark to shoot for. (Actually, guys, down here in the South we use “shoot at,” but I digress. - Ed) Read along to get a taste of the lively action, including a scratchbuilt P-61! Read more

AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 Aircraft Pre-Registration
Do you want to avoid standing in line, waiting to register your warbird at AirVenture? If so, click on the link below and fill out the pre-registration form. We'll have your registration information waiting for you when you arrive. All you'll have to do is check in with the personnel at the Warbirds Registration Building and you'll be on your way. It's that  Warbirds logo
simple! This service is available only for warbird-type aircraft parked in the Warbirds area during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Pre-registrations must be received by Monday, July 18, 2011. Register here | Info contact
Gone West - Lt. Col. Arthur S. Medore, USAF-Ret.
Lieutenant Colonel Arthur S. Medore, U.S. Air Force - Retired, founder and owner of Banaire Enterprises, passed away on March 3. A WWII veteran, he was born in Mount Hope, New Jersey, and for the last 40 years lived in Hemet, California. Read more
Mission Profile
Featured Stories
My World War II POW Experience
We begin this month with the first part of a six-part series featuring the recollections of the late Walter J. Nachtwey, a WWII veteran from North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Walter was a B-17 pilot who was eventually shot down over Germany and spent nearly two years in Stalag Luft III, a German prisoner of war camp made famous by the film The Great Escape. Not too  Walter Nachtwey
long ago, Walter's family donated artifacts to the EAA AirVenture Museum which placed the pieces in an exhibit about prisoners of war. That piqued the interest of Warbirds member Patrick Gaffney who looked further into Walter's story and found the following narrative compiled by his sister Olive Langlois and his daughter Mary Bond, based on recordings made by Walter in 2000. Read Part 1
Flying the B-17
Aluminum Overcast
This article originally appeared in the April issue of Experimenter.

In April, Experimenter Editor Pat Panzera was allowed to take his grandson Alex on an exciting 

adventure, a flight in the EAA's B-17, Aluminum Overcast. Alex has written for Experimenter in the past, and as excited as he was about his recent experience, he couldn't wait to share it with our readers. Read more
Mission to Berlin Published
Warbirds magazine contributor Robert F. Dorr has released a new book, Mission to Berlin. It's the story of B-17 Flying Fortress crews that attacked Berlin on February 3, 1945, in the largest mission ever flown against a single target. The young men who flew and maintained the B-17 are at the center of the story, but Mission to Berlin also has lengthy passages about Americans who flew and maintained the B-24 Liberator, P-47 Thunderbolt, and P-51 Mustang. The book also includes a new look at the entire Mission to Berlin
bombing campaign in Europe. The $28 book, autographed by the author, is available through EAA's online store.
Webinars: Mike Busch Talks Engine Problems During Monthly Webinar

Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch, A&P/IA, offers tips and techniques for troubleshooting common engine problems, including hard starting, poor mag checks, rough running or missing, high CHT, high oil temperature, and poor performance.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT unless otherwise noted. 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 4, May 2011

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Gun Camera

A Pair of Predators

We go back a few years to see a wonderful formation display by the Old Flying Machine Company's P-51D Mustang Ferocious Frankie and Spitfire Mk. IX MH434 during the Duxford Autumn Show in 2009.

Watch the video

Bond of Brothers

This article originally appeared in the December 2009 issue of Warbirds magazine. Thomas Hudner will be speaking at a Warbirds in Review session during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011.

In late November 1950, General Douglas MacArthur openly stated there was a strong chance we’d be home by Christmas. While U.S. troops at the Chosin Reservoir near China enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, war planners safe and sound in Japan had become nervous about Chinese threats, but MacArthur disregarded them. Then our worst nightmare came true.

From the Archives

Read the article

Warbirds at Sun 'n Fun 2011
Aside from the severe weather destruction, there was plenty to see at the 2011 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo. New EAA Warbirds of America volunteer photographer David K. Witty was busy capturing the planes and the people and has provided several galleries of photos of the event.

View the gallery

Aluminum Overcast Gets National Profile on Memorial Day
EAA's "Salute to Veterans" Tour was in San Diego in April and during its stop a local radio reporter from KPBS created an "audio postcard," which was broadcast nationally on Memorial Day by National Public Radio on its All Things Considered program.
 Listen to the postcard
June 4, Sheridan, Indiana
2nd Annual Wheels & Wings Fly-In/Cruise-In.
Taking place at the Sheridan Airport (5I4), EAA Warbirds Squadron 3 is involved with this event. Includes air show, specialty awards, and warbirds. Food will be available. 

June 18 to 19, Olympia, Washington
13th Annual Olympic Air Show at Olympia Regional Airport (OLM), hosted by Olympic Flight Museum. Includes U.S. Air Force's A-10 West Coast Demonstration Team and Commemorative Air Force's B-17 and B-25 as well as a USO-style show with live band. Budweiser Beer Garden, food, vendors, and more will be available. Participation in this air show will gain you credits toward your Warbird Wings pin.
Phone: 920-426-4826.

June 25, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Aviation Heritage Park Hangar Party at Warren County Regional Airport (KBWG). Need warbird aircraft to participate, hangar space, and more. Includes barbecue dinner, living history exhibits, and music and dancing with band. 
Info and airport manager phone: 270-842-1101.

June 26, Lake in the Hills, Illinois
EAA Warbirds Squadron 4 General Meeting. Joint meeting with EAA Chapter 790 at Lake in the Hills Airport (3CK). 

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