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Issue 17, March 2013 Newsletters : : EAA Forums : : Website : : Contact EAA Facebook EAA Twitter
  Safety Brief
Rick Siegfried New Safety Website From Warbirds of America
By Rick Siegfried

EAA Warbirds of America is always looking for ways to keep warbirds flying safely. The March issue of Warbirds magazine is dedicated to sharing information about their safe operation. Safety is not a once-a-year challenge; it is an attitude and culture that should be applied to every flight. Warbirds of America has developed a new website to share best operating practices with warbird operators. Read more >>

  NTSB logo FAA Safety Team, Safer Skies Through Education
NTSB Safety Alerts, Notice Number: NOTC4586

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) publishes Safety Alerts for aviation as well as other modes of transportation. Check out the NTSB website for its list of Aviation Safety Alerts. As a bonus, there are safety alerts for highway vehicles and for boating!

The NTSB is an independent federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in other modes of transportation - railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline. These safety alerts make for interesting reading.

  P-51 Mustang Flight Control System Bulletin Issued for P-51 Mustangs
North American Aviation P-51 owners, operators, and service personnel were alerted to a recent service bulletin requiring inspection of the flight control system. Failure to comply could cause loss of control of the aircraft. Failure of the elevator trim tab and loss of control has been experienced by a North American P-51 aircraft. Contributing factors were worn fiber lock spline nuts at the elevator trim tab hinge attach fittings and the installation of nonstructural screws and hardware. Inspection has found that several P-51 aircraft in service today still have the original manufacturer-installed self-locking spline nuts, dating back more than 60 years. See the complete service bulletin.
  Editor's Note
Bill Miller Video Formats
By Bill Miller, Editor - Briefing

We would like to ensure that the videos included in Briefing are able to be played properly on as many different devices as possible. Please let us know if you have trouble viewing the videos. Also, please include the type of device that you are trying to use. Thanks!
  Test Flight
Maintenance and Restoration News

Bristol Blenheim Bomber Bristol Blenheim Bomber Restoration
Although the Bristol Blenheim Bomber restoration was completed in 1993, this is a great video that tells the story of the 20-year project and its many difficulties. It's also interesting that the project started at the famed World War II Duxford Airfield, England. A product of Britain's Bristol Aeroplane Company, the Blenheim was fairly obsolete as compared to the German Luftwaffe airplanes it was up against during the early part of the war, including the Battle of Britain. But in its time it was a formidable airplane. Watch video >>

  P-39 and P-63 P-39 and P-63 Cobra Association Launched
EAA Warbirds of America has been notified of a new association established for people interested in the Bell P-39, P-63, and P-400 aircraft. The new P-39 and P-63 Cobra Association will include owners, restorers, pilots, maintainers, writers, photographers, and all enthusiasts of the Aircobras and Kingcobras. There will be no cost to join.

The organization will publish frequent e-newsletters, interviews, and photo essays about the Bell-produced warbirds. Every member will have an opportunity to publish a story or see his digital images published through e-publications in this new association.

For more information, send an e-mail to Rick Mitchell, editor and founder.

  Paul Poberezny P-64 P-64 Runs for First Time in Decades
The EAA AirVenture Museum's rare North American P-64 fighter - often referred to by warbird lovers as an "export fighter version of the AT-6 Texan" - was started up for the first time in more than 20 years last Friday, and it was only fitting that EAA Founder Paul Poberezny did the honors. Read more and watch video >>

  WWII Rescue Plane WWII Rescue Plane Found in Greenland
Another World War II aircraft - a Grumman J2F-4 Duck - has been found beneath the ice of Greenland. This particular airplane and its three crewmen were lost during a rescue mission in November 1942. An expedition team of U.S. Coast Guard service members and North South Polar Inc. scientists and explorers used historical information, ground penetrating radar, a magnetometer, and metal detection equipment to isolate the crash location, according to the defense department's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.

The wreck of the amphibious aircraft will be unearthed, and the remains of all three servicemen will be returned to their families in the United States. Read more about this fascinating story in the Coast Guard's full release about the two-year effort, as well as a news report from

  SportAir Workshops Restoring/Rebuilding/Repairing Your Own Warbird?
Attention, warbird restorers! Are you dreaming of that L-19 Bird Dog project but don't know where to start? Why not consider taking one of EAA's SportAir Workshops? It's the perfect way to get started and learn some of the basic skill sets with your fellow members. For warbird restorers, subjects such as fabric covering, sheet metal basics, electrical systems and avionics, or welding might be the right course for you. For a complete schedule, visit the SportAir website.
  Warbird News
QR Code Participate in the QR Code Program
By Rick Siegfried

The 2013 air show season is nearly here, and it's time for you to consider using technology to reach out to the general public. EAA Warbirds of America has developed a web-based way to share your aircraft with the public and potential future warbird enthusiasts. Using a QR (quick response) code reader on a smartphone, people can scan the QR code displayed on or near your aircraft and be taken instantly to a website featuring your warbird. Read more >>

  Squadron News
Much like an EAA chapter, a Warbirds of America squadron provides many great ways to participate in warbirds aviation. They are the grassroots organizations in which WOA members can participate on a local level. Flying, fun, and friendship are the key ingredients with these groups. You don't need to be a pilot or warbird owner to join. In fact, most squadron members participate as a warbird enthusiast.

Warbirds squadrons hold regular meetings, help coordinate and operate EAA B-17 tour stops, participate in Young Eagle rallies, host breakfasts and cookouts, support local flying events, help preserve military aviation history, and educate the public about all things "warbirds."

Squadron 4 is a very active group. Take a look at its website to see the many activities organized by this fun group.

And for a complete listing and locations of EAA Warbirds of America squadrons, visit the Chapter/Squadron locator on the EAA main website. Select "Warbird Squadrons" under "Chapter Type."
  GI News
Lieutenant Jamies P. Muri Battle of Midway Hero Dies at 93
June 4, 1942, 7:10 a.m., 150 miles northwest of Midway Atoll: Moments after releasing a torpedo at the Japanese carrier Akagi, the B-26 Marauder Susie-Q thunders down the carrier's flight deck, nearly grazing the bridge. Lieutenant James P. Muri, of the Army Air Forces' 22nd Bomb Group, pilots his craft across the ship in an attempt to escape the gauntlet of fire unleashed by the enemy surface fleet and swarming Zero fighters.

The dramatic torpedo attack by Army B-26 Marauders of the 22nd and 38th Bomb Groups and the Navy TBF Avengers of Torpedo Squadron 8 forced Japanese Vice Admiral Nagumo to alter his battle plan, a decision that set the stage for the incredible American victory at the Battle of Midway. Read more >>
  Gun Camera
Korean War Carrier Operations VIDEO: Korean War Carrier Operations
Titled "Carrier Action Off Korea," this is a production of the U.S. Navy and includes some great gun camera and ground footage. You don't see a lot of Korean Navy film footage, so please enjoy this 12-minute video. Watch video >>

  F-105 VIDEO: F-105 Action
This is a U.S. Air Force production on F-105 action in Vietnam and is another film that includes some great ground and air action. It's a bit of a "motivational" video meant to depict a typical day for flight and ground crews. Watch video >>
March 22-24, Titusville, FL: Valiant Air Command 2013 Tico Warbird Air Show
Air show to include Modern military fly-bys and demos, starfing runs, dog fights, Vintage warbirds on static display and in fly bys, and much more. For more information please email VAC at or checkout their website at

April 6, 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 is the “Fork-Tailed Devil”, featuring the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. View more details >>

April 9-14, Lakeland, FL: Sun N Fun Fly-In

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  EAA Forums
  From the EAA Warbirds Community
B-29 Restoration Continues
Great Video - P-38 & Corsair
Spitfire First Flight
2012 - Year in Review
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