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Issue 16, January 2013 EAA Forums   |   Newsletters   |   Website   |   Contact
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  Flight Lead
Harold Cannon A Trip to the Famed WWII Airfield at Duxford, England
By Harold Cannon, President, EAA Warbirds of America

Although it is hard to admit, there are warbirds destinations outside of Oshkosh. I recently had the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England. This is normally referred to simply as "Duxford." I guess having a one-word name is one similarity with Oshkosh. Duxford is actually a bit more like a warbirds air and space museum combined. Read more >>
  Safety Brief
FAAST Logo A & P and Repairman Paper Certificates Not Valid as of
April 1, 2013

If you have already replaced your A & P and/or repairman paper certificate, then this message is not for you. On the other hand, if your certificate is still printed on paper, please read carefully. The FAA is under a mandate to replace all paper certificates with plastic certificates. All certificated mechanics and repairmen are required to replace their paper copy with a plastic copy on or before March 31, 2013, or they will no longer be able to exercise the privileges of that certificate.

The best way to get a new replacement certificate is to follow these instructions. The replacement cost is $2, unless you still have your Social Security number on your certificate and you ask to have it removed.

Avoid the rush! Apply today!
  Test Flight
Maintenance and Restoration News

Wildcat Recovery U.S. Navy Recovers Wildcat from Lake Michigan
A World War II fighter that had been sitting at the bottom of Lake Michigan off the Chicago shoreline for more than 65 years was brought to the surface recently. The National Naval Aviation Museum with the Naval History & Heritage Command initiated the undertaking. The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation is sponsoring the location, recovery, restoration, and eventual display of a World War II Eastern Aircraft FM-2 Wildcat fighter from the depths of Lake Michigan. Read more >>

  Warbirds Recovery Panel Discusses Warbird Recoveries
Chicago's Pritzker Military Library recently hosted a panel discussion about the location and recovery of warbirds from Lake Michigan that had crashed during carrier training operations during World War II. Moderator Bob Rasmussen, director of the National Naval Aviation Museum, was joined by Taras Lyssenko, general manager, A&T Recovery; Capt. Ed Ellis, secretary of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation; and Bill Marquardt, president of Glenview Hangar One Foundation. An edited 30-minute version of this program, including actual footage of the recent recovery of a Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, will air on Chicago PBS station WTTW on February 24. You can listen to the full 90-minute program online by clicking the podcast on the right side of the page.

  P-51D P-51D Undergoing Restoration Won a Thompson Trophy
The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, is pleased to announce that it has begun restoration work on a historic P-51D Racer that participated in the Cleveland Air Races in both 1948 and 1949 and was piloted by Anson Johnson. He won the 1948 Thompson Trophy. This racer, known among aviation historians as N13 Yankee (N13Y), serial number 44-72400, was modified by Johnson in several ways which have intrigued P-51 enthusiasts ever since. Read more >>

  Spitfires Archaeologists Believe No Spitfires Buried in Burma at Original Location
In the last Briefing newsletter, we included a report about a project to pursue a suspected find of crated Spitfires and how it came together. In the latest report, however, archeologists are saying nothing was found at the digging site...but the man behind the treasure hunt, David Cundall, is not giving up hope.
  GI News
Updates on Warbird and Squadron News

Stalag XVII-B Final Reunion of Stalag XVII-B Survivors Slated
The last reunion of Stalag XVII-B survivors will be held this spring honoring all the men interned in the Krems, Austria, prison camp during World War II, including the many internees who are no longer with us. The reunion will be held April 30 to May 3 at the Crowne Plaza, Spirit of St. Louis Airport, Chesterfield, Missouri. Tentative events will include the grand opening of the Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum, St. Louis, and viewing of WWII-era aircraft at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport. Read more >>

  Flying Tigers Pilot Flying Tigers Pilot Has Quite a History
Just down the street may be a veteran with an amazing history. Read a short article on retired Air Force pilot Vern Black, owner of Jones Store - located just one hour east of Fresno, California, in the Sierra Foothills. Vern flew with General Clair Lee Chennault's "Flying Tigers." Read more >>
  Gun Camera
60 Years of Military Aviation VIDEO: RAAF F-111 Gear-Up Landing
The F-111 was until recently the backbone of the Royal Australian Air Force, providing at full strength more than 50 percent of the strike capability in the fighter fleet. The following is a short, very cool video on the F-111, including a gear-up landing. Watch video >>

  B-26 Training Film VIDEO: How to Fly a B-26 - WWII Training Film
For those of you whose bucket list includes flying a B-26, this might be as good as it gets - a WWII training film produced in 1944 by First Motion Picture Unit - Army Air Forces. Watch video >>
February 2, Chino, CA: Living History Event
Planes of Fame Air Museum hosts its monthly Living History Event. Open to the public, the Museum doors open at 9:00am. The theme for February 2 is the “Jets of the Korean War”, featuring the North American F-86 Sabre.
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February 2, Countryside, IL: Squadron 4 Annual Banquet
Squadron 4 Annual Banquet with guest speaker Bill Thorns. Noted historian Edward Jabolonski, who wrote the definitive book on the B-17, also wrote "Double Strike", about the disastrous Regensburg-Schweinfurt raid, resulting in devastating losses for the "Mighty Eighth." View more details >>

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