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Flight Lead
A Note From the Editor
Harold Cannon,
AirVenture: Two Weeks 'Off' of Work
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is always a blast, and this year it was fantastic. Our crew included three out of five of our kids and an extra school friend. Our home Warbirds squadron (Squadron 1) is very T-34 heavy; this year was time for the '34s to come back.  Harold Cannon
We got in a lot of formation practice over at Menominee, Michigan, and then showed our stuff during the arrival event on Monday and again on Tuesday. It added up to nearly two weeks off work. That was the fun part. Catching up after coming back to a busy profession was the part that kept Briefing from getting back to you until now. Read more
Test Flight
Safety News and Issues
Changes in FAA Wings Program, Training Announced
For those of us who participate in the FAA Wings Pilot Proficiency Program, there are some changes coming up. Sections on preflight planning and fuel and risk management are being added. Plus changes in IFR flight training regulations. Read more FAAST
Test Flight
Maintenance and Restoration News
B-25 Water Bomber Debuts After Restoration
The Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton, Alberta, rolled out its newly restored B-25 bomber earlier this month after it had sat for years as a "parts queen" to keep other B-25 water bombers flying for an area firefighting company. Now Daisy Mae Daisy Mae
which operated with the 418 "City of Edmonton" Squadron, has the attention she needs although she will be tied down outside for a bit due to space constraints. Read more
Halifax Restoration Update
Major pieces of a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Halifax bomber returned to Canada in July to be restored. The components of two Halifax update
rare airframes were recovered from a Malta scrapyard, and the parts will be used as a foundation to restore two Handley Page Halifax bombers. The restoration group Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) is doing this to honor the pivotal role of the Halifax with RCAF and Royal Air Force Bomber Command during World War II, and to recognize the Halifax as a most rare and special symbol of Canadian sacrifice in Bomber Command. View new photos
GI News
Updates on Warbird and Squadron News
Cliff Roberston Was Warbird Owner, Enthusiast
Cliff Robertson, the Academy Award-winning actor whose aviation passion helped lead the development and launch of EAA's Young Eagles program, died earlier this month at the age of 88. Robertson (EAA 18529), who began flying at age 14 and had been an EAA member since 1964, helped launch the EAA Young Eagles program when he became Cliff Robetson
the program's first chairman in 1992. Robertson was fond of Warbird-type aircraft. He owned several de Havilland Tiger Moths and a Supermarine Spitfire. Read more
P-51D Mustang Added to Kissimmee Air Museum
Warbird Adventures and Kissimmee Air Museum unveiled their newly acquired North American P-51D Mustang called Precious Metal, which is now on permanent display at the Florida museum. Read more Precious Metal
Two Youths Impressed With Aviation
Sharing the excitement of history and horsepower with a young person is a hard thing to beat. This year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that excitement was on full display all along the flightline. First-time AirVenture attendee Madeline Janz, 13, sent a photo Youth
of her favorite aircraft, the Corsair. Madeline's proud dad, Trevor Janz, works in the EAA Business Development Department. Read more
Mission Profile
Featured Stories
My World War II POW Experience - Part 3
Capture and Life in Stalag Luft III
This month, we resume with Part 3 of the late Walter J. Nachtwey's recollections of his time served in the German prisoner of war camp after his B-17 was shot down during a World War II mission. Walter bailed-out of the burning B-17 and was able to hide out for a day before getting picked up Mugshot
by German soldiers. After being interrogated, Walter was taken to Stalag Luft III, which would become his home for two years. Read Part 3
The Utah Beach Museum Receives B-26G
The Utah Beach Museum in Normandy was opened in the 1960s and has since been renovated. It tells the story of the American landings at Utah and has a collection of vehicles, weapons, and artifacts. Open April, May, and October from Utah Beach Museum
1000 to 1800 every day, and June through September from 0930 to 1900 every day. The museum is closed throughout January. See a time-lapse video of the installation of a B-26G.
Search and Rescue in the Teeth of Irene
Earlier this month United States Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler was assigned to Air Station Cape Cod to document the arrival of Hurricane Irene. One day, as he shadowed a HU-25C Falcon crew on a search and rescue flight (SAR) as Irene approached, Hurrican Irene
the radio traffic began to ramp up. Then another rescue call was heard. A vessel in distress was calling for help, and this one was unmistakable. Read more
Sea Harrier Behind the Scenes
The world's only civilian-owned Harrier, a BAE Sea Harrier F/A2, landed in Oshkosh on Monday evening, July 5, 2010-a bit earlier than originally planned but in plenty of time for its first-ever appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Owner and retired  Harrier
Marine test pilot Lieutenant Colonel Art Nalls, EAA 689513 / Warbirds 549224, and his team decided it made more sense to come now rather than the weekend before AirVenture. For a behind-the-scenes look at how it all happened, watch this video.
Webinars: All About Cylinders

Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch, A&P/IA, presents an informational webinar about cylinders - construction, failure modes (head cracks and separations, exhaust valve failure, barrel wear), maintenance-induced failures, factors affecting longevity, repair, replacement, top overhauls, and more.

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 8, September 2011

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Gun Camera

"FIFI" Behind the Scenes

B-29 Superfortress "FIFI" came to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and wowed the crowd. For a look at what that was like and how it happened, see EAA's video "FIFI's" Flight to Oshkosh | View the gallery

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Bearcat Blues
Becoming a Blue Angel is very difficult but attainable for a number of pilots. Whereas flying Bearcats with the Blue Angels requires divine intervention.
Bear Cat Blues

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WWII Carrier in Color
This is 16-millimeter color (not "colorized") footage that you may not have seen of carrier action in the Pacific. Not many color movies were shot in the 1940s. The process was extremely expensive, complicated, and exacting.

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Our Favorite Warbird AirVenture Photos
Warbirds volunteer photographer David K. Witty spent the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh documenting all the action and doing what photographers do: making our memories and experiences into something that is all at once a family album and a work of art. He has been kind enough to publish his work on the Internet for all to enjoy. If you find yourself or your aircraft featured, send David a thanks at his website.

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Bob Hoover, Ole Yeller, and the Fw 190
Bob Hoover
Bob Hoover was front and center at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 which included an entire day dedicated to his life's accomplishments. During two separate Warbirds in Review presentations, he talked about his famed P-51 Ole Yeller and escaping from Germany in a stolen Fw 190. You can hear both multipart programs under the Warbirds in Review section of the AirVenture 2011 EAA Radio archives.
October 7-9, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Biplanes and Triplanes: annual weekend of reenactors and flights of rarely seen aircraft from World War I. Website

October 9, Bolingbrook, Illinois
EAA Warbirds Squadron 4 General Meeting at Illinois Aviation Museum in the Clow International Airport (1C5). E-mail

October 29 to 30, Concord, North Carolina
Celebration of Flight at Concord Regional Airport (JQF). Fly-in pancake breakfast, Young Eagles flights, fly-bys, food, and kids activities. E-mail

November 9-13, Pascagoula, Mississippi
Mississippi Gulf Coast Veteran's Day Fly-In at Trent Lott International Airport. Public Air Show on Friday. Huge flyover on Saturday; casino party Saturday night. 

November 13, Rockford, Illinois
EAA Warbirds Squadron 4 General Meeting at Courtesy Aircraft (KRFD) featuring the Veterans Forum. 

Monthly, Chino, California
EAA Warbirds Squadron 16 meetings are held every month on the first and third Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Planes of Fame Air Museum, Briefing Room, 7000 Merrill Avenue, Chino, California 91710. 
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