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Flight Lead
A Note From the Editor
Harold Cannon,
New WOA Camper Preregistration Process in Place for Oshkosh
For many members, attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the highlight of the year. Thousands of aircraft and warbird enthusiasts converge on Wittman Regional Airport for a week (or more) and become completely Map
immersed in aviation. Over the years, Warbirds of America members have enjoyed the camaraderie of staying in the Warbirds Campground so that after a long day of volunteering, flying, or just seeing the sights, they can enjoy staying right on-site, a few hundred yards west of the flightline. The Warbirds camping experience has become so popular that the facilities fill up several days before the convention’s opening day! To manage the limited number of improved camper sites and further develop policies and procedures, WOA appointed a campground committee in 2011. Read more
Safety Brief
Origins of the Checklist
Ever wonder where the checklist was born? Look no further than Wright Air Field, Dayton, Ohio, back in October 1935. Seems that in aviation, advancement often comes from tragedy, and this was no exception. Read how the demise of Boeing’s Model 299 299
(precursor to the B-17 bomber) led to the creation of the checklist. Read more
Test Flight
Maintenance and Restoration News
Altimeters: Asked and Answered
In our last issue, we featured a question from WOA member Gennaro Avolio, WOA 551224, about the pointers on an altimeter that ride the outer edge of the display face.

Several readers responded via Facebook and e-mail, including Clyde Zellers, WOA 1393, who provides the answer. Read more
Restored Skyhawk Flies Again
Back in August of last year, Skyhawkventures LLC made a bit of aviation history with the first postrestoration flight of its Douglas A-4C (BuNo149606) NX2262Z. The pilot, Larry Elmore, was one of the first few to bag 1,000 traps as well as a number of other firsts. He was Skyhawk
furloughed from TWA back in 1971 and went on to spend enough time on active duty to retire from the Navy before returning to the airline. Click here to see the A-4C fly, then visit the Skyhawkventures website to see just how far this airframe has come. And the aircraft is scheduled to appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer!
GI News
Updates on Warbird and Squadron News
WOA Mourns Loss of Jayson Brentlinger, Warbirds Pilot, Judge
Jayson Brentlinger, who served as a fighter pilot in Korea and was a warbirds judge, passed away on December 20, 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 82. Jay attended Culver Naval Academy in Indiana where he discovered a love for sailing. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Rose Polytechnic Institute in Terre Haute, then joined the Air Force in 1951, became a combat jet fighter pilot, and served in Korea. He was also a Brentlinger
member of the Arizona Air National Guard, flying F-104 fighter jets at Luke Air Force Base. An avid pilot, he flew a variety of vintage and modern aircraft over the years, including as a flight leader in the T-6 Cactus Squadron. An EAA member, Jay served as a warbirds judge at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida. Read more
‘Doc’ Sugden Receives Harrison Ford Aviation Legacy Award
Dr. Rich Sugden, EAA Lifetime Member 368843/Warbirds 10591, received the Harrison Ford Aviation Legacy Award at the 2012 Living Legends of Aviation Awards ceremony held January 20 in Beverly Hills, California. Sugden, a great supporter of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, has donated funds to purchase an aircraft tug, tow bars, and a start-cart for the convention. He has also done much for our Sugden
warbirds and EAA Warbirds of America community. His FBO, Teton Aviation Center of Driggs Airport, Wyoming, has given over 2,000 Young Eagles flights. Click here and watch as Sugden receives his award.
Mission Profile
Featured Stories
The Molesworth Pilot
2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the 303rd Bomb Group's arrival in Molesworth, England. The Ground Echelon began arriving in September 1942, and the Air Echelon followed shortly after. What follows is from the December edition of The Molesworth Pilot, the Molesworth
newsletter of the 303rd. It is reprinted with kind permission of Gary Moncur, editor. The group's webpage is located at Read more
Wartime Kegger: Spitfire Modification XXX
During the lighter moments of World War II, the Spitfire was used in an unorthodox role: delivering kegs of beer to the men in Normandy. Its official — we always knew there's a relation between warbirds and "refreshments." To learn about the tale of the Spitfire with "dropkegs," click here. Spitfire
The Story of Old 666
Old 666, B-17E 41-2666, was assigned to the 43rd Bomb Group in 1943 and was piloted by Lieutenant Colonel (then Captain) Jay Zeamer on the mission that would earn him and bombardier Joseph Sarnoski each a Medal of Honor. Every other Old 666
member of the crew earned a Distinguished Service Cross. Read more
Down a Zero With a .45? You Decide!
In a June 2011 post to the Field & Stream blog "The Gun Nut," Phil Bourjaily names Owen J. Baggett as the owner of "The Best Shot With a Browning 1911. Ever." According to Bourjaily and other sources, Baggett was being strafed by a Japanese pilot after parachuting Zero
out of a burning B-24 he had been copiloting. Baggett played dead in the harness, but with his sidearm drawn and held tight to his leg, "just in case." As a Zero hanging at stall speed went by with its canopy back, he fired and the plane spun out of sight. The wreck was reportedly found, the pilot shot in the head. This became the stuff of legend; the only plane ever downed by a .45-caliber pistol. Moses Browning would be proud. True or legend? Click here and decide for yourself!

Issue 12, February 2012

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Gun Camera  
F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
Some things are just too cool. Watch the U.S. Navy's awesome new F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter come aboard during recent ship-suitability testing. "Raptor meets Harrier."

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Happy Birthday, USMC Aviation!
This year marks the 100th anniversary of U.S. Marine Corps aviation. There may be no better way to express the moxie of Marine aviators than this video: During 1963, a USMC KC-130F aircraft made history by landing and taking off from the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59). The crew successfully negotiated 29 touch-and-go landings; 21 unarrested, full-stop landings; and 21 unassisted takeoffs at gross. Seeing is believing.

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'We Remember'
The song "We Remember" has been played many times at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh during the EAA Warbirds of America portion of the air show. This video clip featuring many, many WOA members flying their aircraft was shown at the 2011 ICAS convention, but you'll recognize the segments shot at Oshkosh. Here's hoping we see Dwayne O'Brien join us at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. Watch the video, listen, and try not to tear up, tough guy, although I really don't think that's possible.

Sun 'n Fun Warbirds Judging Program Suspended for 2012
A decline in recent years of participation in the warbird aircraft judging program at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Florida, has prompted officials to suspend the program in 2012. EAA Warbirds of America and Sun 'n Fun officials will reevaluate the program during the one-year stand-down. WOA is seeking the input of the warbird community on the topic, and you can add your input via e-mail at

The very popular warbird aircraft judging program at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh continues to grow each year and will remain unchanged.

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