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Issue 18, May 2013 Newsletters : : EAA Forums : : Website : : Contact EAA Facebook EAA Twitter
  Warbird News
Jerry Walbrun Gone West - EAA Warbirds of America
Founding Member Jerry Walbrun

By Harold Cannon, President, EAA Warbirds of America

Just as Briefing was being prepared for electronic delivery, we learned of the passing of Jerry Walbrun. Jerry was an early member of Warbirds of America (No. 27), and through his friendship with EAA Founder Paul Poberezny was instrumental in bringing the two organizations together. Jerry served EAA Warbirds of America on its board of directors. In the October 2011 issue of Warbirds magazine, longtime editor Jack Morrissey penned this profile of Jerry.
  AirVenture 2013
AirVenture and Warbirds of America Logos Get Ready for AirVenture 2013!
As we get closer to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, we thought that we would include some important links regarding aircraft registration, Warbirds events, and critical information if you are bringing a warbird to OSH.

Warbird Aircraft Registration
This link will take you to the Warbird Aircraft Registration Form. If you are bringing a warbird to AirVenture, we ask that you pre-register your aircraft. When you arrive, your registration will move much faster.

Download the AirVenture NOTAM
For your arrival preparation, this link will take you to the EAA site on which the NOTAM is available for download. The AirVenture NOTAM is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday, July 26, through noon on Monday, August 5.

Warbirds Event Schedule
This link will take you to the Warbirds events schedule. You will want to check out any updates once you arrive.

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Ban Returns
Great news - Gary Sinise is bringing his Lt. Dan Band to AirVenture again this year. You won't want to miss his fun concert. The evening concert will cap off our "Salute to Veterans" day on Friday. We'll update you more on this great day in the next Briefing.
  Test Flight
Maintenance and Restoration News

Bomber Command Museum Bomber Command Museum of Canada
The Bomber Command Museum of Canada is building an inventory of working Hercules and Merlin engines for its display. These engines powered most Halifaxes, all Stirlings, most Wellingtons, and Lancaster Mk. II bombers. The interesting sleeve-valve system on the Hercules engine in this YouTube video shows the complicated and extensive gearing required.

The museum also recently completed a run-up of a restored Hercules. For more information, visit the Bomber Command Museum of Canada website.

  RAF Museum RAF Museum to Raise Do-17 Bomber
In another great example of the efforts around the world to preserve history for future generations, London's Royal Air Force Museum is in the process of raising the only German bomber to survive the World War II Blitz on London. According to this report by the BBC, the aircraft is submerged in 60 feet of water in the English Channel. The Do-17 "Flying Pencil" was manufactured in Germany by Dornier Flugzeugwerke and first introduced in 1937. Just over 2,100 were built and flew for various countries until it was finally retired in 1952.

  B-17 Model 1/15 Scale B-17 Model is Incredible
You have seen models and then you have seen models but if you haven't seen this one, take a look at this video! This is an amazing labor of love creating the most intricate detail on and in a metal model. You will love it! Watch video >>

  Fuel Drop Tanks WWII Fuel Drop Tanks Manufactured From Paper!
During WWII, paper was used in the manufacture of fuel drop tanks used by the 8th Air Force. The British devised a system using laminated and glued paper that would hold 108 or 200 gallons of fuel for either the P-47 Thunderbolt or the P-51 Mustang.
  GI News
Robert Rankin Robert 'Shorty' Rankin Has Gone West
It's sad that we continue to lose our World War II heroes. On March 14, Colonel Robert J. "Shorty" Rankin passed away at his winter home in Jensen Beach, Florida. He was 94. Rankin was the first P-47 pilot to destroy five German Me-109 fighters in a single mission.

Read the EAA web story about Rankin, which also includes a couple of videos. One is for a Theater in the Woods presentation Shorty participated in at EAA AirVenture 2007, while the other is a "Timeless Voices" interview Shorty gave to EAA. Read more >>
  Gun Camera
Ju-52 Aircraft Identification: The German Ju-52
The Signal Corps produced many aircraft identification films during World War II. This one is for Germany's Junkers Ju-52, the only tri-motor aircraft flown by the Luftwaffe. Despite its marginal quality, this training film is informative and very interesting. Watch video >>
May 18, Marianna, FL: Marina Florida Fly-In
Fun for the entire family, face painting, helicopter rides, aircraft - old and new.

May 18, Brady, TX: 3rd Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration & Fly-In
A great group of Warbirds lined up to come. View more details >>

June 8, Everett, WA: Flying Tigers Day
Various planes from the Flying Heritage Collection are flown to keep them operational and exercised on a regular basis. View more details >>

June 8 – 9, Manitowoc, WI: Thunder on the Lakeshore Airshow
Warbirds, static displays, select military acts, educational exhibits, and hot air balloons. View more details >>

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  EAA Forums
  From the EAA Warbirds Community
Help a 30-Year-Old Rescue a B-25
Rib-Stitching on Japanese Aircraft?
Heritage Aero?
Wanted: Stinson L-5 Flap Return Springs
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