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A Note From the Editor
Harold Cannon,
EAA Warbirds Squadron One Fly-In Heralds Start of Summer
The end of June around here is a time of relief and anticipation. Relief because our Squadron One annual Owensboro Warbirds Fly-In in Kentucky is done, anticipation because EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is right around the corner. Read more Harold Cannon
Test Flight
Safety News and Issues
B-17 Liberty Belle Destroyed After Emergency Landing
The B-17 Liberty Belle owned by the Liberty Foundation was forced to make an emergency landing in a field southeast of the Aurora, Illinois, Municipal Airport at about 9:30 a.m. CDT on June 13 when an in-flight fire occurred shortly  Liberty Belle
after takeoff. All seven people on board the nonrevenue flight escaped the aircraft, but the airplane was destroyed when it became engulfed in flames. One person on the plane was treated for a minor head wound at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora and released. Read more
Test Flight
Maintenance and Restoration News
Halifax 57 Rescue
Progress Report No. 38, May 2011
Follow along with the effort to restore a Halifax bomber "north of the border." The Halifax was a four-engine Royal Canadian Air Force workhorse. Looking a bit like a four-engine B-25 taildragger, the original design called for two engines. More than 2,000 of the Mk III model were produced. Read the progress report
GI News
Updates on Warbird and Squadron News
Warbirds AirVenture 2011 Briefing
We’re glad you’re coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh! Whether you’re a Warbird pilot, volunteer, or enthusiast, we’ve gathered some of the key information you may need. All the information is at the  EAA Warbirds of America Warbirds at AirVenture

website, but we’ve pulled together everything important regarding lodging for Warbird pilots and volunteers, aircraft judging, and what to do if you’re flying in the air show. We also have information on Warbird camping, Canadian pilots and other foreign visitors, parachute packing, aircraft registration, fuel, and the most important briefing document before you begin your mission to Oshkosh – the AirVenture NOTAM. Read more

Warbirds Events and Forums Set for AirVenture 2011
Each day at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the Warbirds area will be abuzz with activity, and we aren't just referring to the planes. From the daily flag raising at 8 a.m. to evening programs, plus forums all day and the daily air show, there's plenty for the Warbirds at AirVenture
Warbird enthusiast to see. The Centennial of Naval Aviation celebrations occurring at AirVenture this year will add to the excitement. See the Warbirds schedule and forums
Going to AirVenture 2011?

Stop in Minnesota and fly the Fortress!
EAA Chapter 237 will be hosting the B-17G Aluminum Overcast tour stop July 22 to 24 at Anoka County – Blaine Airport (KANE), Minnesota.

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Stop for a few hours or a day or two and receive avgas discounts, free food, deeply discounted room rates at a new Hilton, rental cars, etc, for those bringing warbirds. Read more
Enroll in EAA Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp

Sign up today for the Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp scheduled for September 9 to 11, 2011, in Oshkosh. Participants have a rare opportunity to fly in the only remaining airworthy PT-3, plus take a second flight

T-6 Camp
in the famed “pilot maker,” the North American T-6. Flights include a preflight briefing on the aircraft and its controls. EAA’s own pilots and instructors will perform the takeoff and demonstrate in the air how the controls work. Then it’s your turn! Click here to sign up.
Stallion 51 Makes Young Eagles Donation

Stallion 51 and the Gathering Foundation are supporting EAA/Young Eagles at the EAA Chapter 1496 at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Kissimmee, Florida, through a donation of collector’s edition programs

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from the Gathering of Mustangs & Legends Air Show. Five hundred copies of the program, loaded with stories, photos, and information, were donated to the EAA Air Academy and all chapters that could use the gift for their Young Eagles programs. The Gathering | EAA Young Eagles
U.S. Air Force Museum Virtual Tour

If you have never been to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Dayton, Ohio, it should be on your bucket list. If Dayton is on the wrong side of the country for you, there's a way to take a look from your armchair. Technology, ain’t it great! Click for 360-degree virtual tour

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Glacier Girl Custom Guitar

Made for Gathering of Eagles auction
Two guitars, made to honor the well-known P-38 Glacier Girl and Zenith Aircraft designer Chris Heintz,
will be auctioned at the

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EAA Gathering of Eagles during AirVenture 2011 to benefit the EAA Young Eagles program. Built by Rick Land of Landric Custom Guitars, the one-off axes are painted by artist Jason LeCavalier, who owns a motorcycle paint shop. Rick is a longtime EAA member, AirVenture attendee, and volunteer in the Ultralight and Rotorcraft area. Read more
Ford 'Blue Angels' Mustang GT to be Sold at AirVenture

Naval aviation inspired car to benefit Young Eagles
For the fourth straight year, Ford Motor Company has created a unique, "one of one" aviation-themed vehicle for auction to benefit the EAAYoung Eagles

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program. The one-of-a-kind 2011 "Blue Angels" Mustang GT, which honors the Centennial of Naval Aviation, will go to the highest bidder at the Young Eagles Auction during AirVenture 2011 at the annual Gathering of Eagles event July 28. Read more
Mission Profile
Featured Stories
My World War II POW Experience
This month is Part 2 of the recollections of the late Walter J. Nachtwey, 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. POW
Walter finished flight training in early 1943 and was flying combat missions out of England by June. Now, as his bombardment group was flying their third mission things started to unravel, right after the bomb run, just after they started for home. Read Part 2 | Part 1 
Kingfisher Pilot Returns to Battleship on Naval Aviation Centennial
2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Naval Aviation, and one of the Battleship North Carolina’s Kingfisher plane pilots, Commander Almon P. Oliver, U.S. Navy (Retired), came back to the veteran vessel on April 26, 2011,  Kingfisher
to reflect. This is the account of the only rescue of a downed U.S. aviator from the Japanese homeland. 
Read more
New Images of Sunken Do-17
As EAA reported last year, a mostly intact Dornier Do-17 was located off the English coast after 70 years in the water. High-resolution sonar images confirmed earlier sonar imaging of "The Flying Pencil." 
Read more
Webinars: New Chapter Websites are Here!

The new EAA Chapter web sites have been created. OK, now what? How do you begin taking your chapter's web site to the next level. Join EAA's Hal Bryan as he takes you through a tour of the web sites and explains some of the quick steps you can take to customize your chapter's site.

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 5, June 2011

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Gun Camera

Warbird Mountain Flying

This video was shot last November as part of the Commemorative Air Force's participation at a Veteran's Day celebration in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. Filmed over the Superstition Mountains east of Mesa and over Saguaro and Canyon lakes on the east edge of the Phoenix valley, the backdrops are stunning, enhanced by the soaring music from the HBO miniseries John Adams.
Gun Camera

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Retro Navy Paint Schemes for Centennial
The Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration continues at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Be on the lookout for Naval aircraft that are painted "retro" to honor Naval aviators of yesterday. The E/A-6B Prowler (foreground) and E/A-18G Growler (background) arriving at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California, are painted to honor U.S. combat aircraft that fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea during World War II.

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July 25-31 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011

July 28 - Northwest Wisconsin
Event organizer seeks a warbird fly-over for an opening ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall display in northwest Wisconsin. The ceremony will take place on July 28, 2011, at 7 p.m. Contact Gerry Winch

August 21 - Joliet, Illinois
EAA Warbird Squadron 4 annual barbecue at Joliet Regional Airport (KJOT). E-Mail

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