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  Warbird News
Lee Lauderback Lauderback Enters Warbirds of America Hall of Fame
EAA Warbirds of America is proud to announce the induction of Lee Lauderback, of Orlando, Florida, into the 2013 EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame. Lee was selected by the Warbirds Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The ceremony was held November 14 at the EAA AirVenture Museum.

Lee is an instructor and demonstration pilot in the P-51 Mustang. In addition, he is one of the pilots for the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight Program and has been a civilian instructor for the Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland.

He is a certificated flight and ground instructor for single- and multi-engine airplanes, instrument, helicopters, and gliders, as well as an FAA pilot proficiency examiner and acceptance flight-tester in various warbirds, helicopters, and turbojets. He is also a specialty aircraft examiner, providing FAA checkrides in 12 different warbird aircraft, and has amassed more than 20,000 flight hours in all types of aircraft and helicopters, including more than 8,800 hours in Mustangs. (Read full bio)

The EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame was established to honor the outstanding achievements of men and women who share the spirit of EAA's founder, Paul Poberezny - a passion for the freedom that flight offers. Those inducted into the hall of fame are selected by their peers for the myriad of contributions made to their particular realm of flight - and aviation as a whole.

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  Mission Profile
Mission Profile The Day Japan Bombed the U.S. Mainland
Editor's note: The United States mainland was bombed during World War II? Really? The following article written by Norm Doyer (Aircraft Market Place blog) describes the event which took place in September 1942 in Brookings, Oregon.

September 9, 1942 - The I-25 class Japanese submarine was cruising in an easterly direction, raising its periscope occasionally as it neared the U.S. coastline. Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor less than a year ago, and the captain of the attack submarine knew that Americans were watching their coastline for ships and aircraft that might attack the country. Read more >>

  Mission Profile 2 Special Flight Shared on Both Sides of the Pond
Editor's note: The following story is about an event that took place at Chelveston, England, and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 - at the same moment!

On the morning of August 3, 2013, EAA's B-17, Aluminum Overcast, launched into the skies over EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. It had done so many times throughout the preceding week, but this flight was different. At the radio room table sat a few pieces of twisted metal and a few patches from the 305th Bomb Group. To the average passenger, it might have appeared as just an ordinary display of artifacts - someone may even call the metal fragments scrap or garbage. But in fact it was from the wreckage of the World War II Flying Fortress Miss Liberty Belle. Read more >>
  GI News
Doolittle Raiders Help Effort to Honor Doolittle Raiders
To honor the Doolittle Raiders for their valor, courage, and patriotism, a movement has been created to award these heroes the Congressional Gold Medal while they still have members able to travel. Days before the celebrated "Final Toast" for the Raiders in November, the U.S. Senate endorsed a resolution honoring the surviving airmen by unanimous consent. The resolution awaits a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. The movement asks that you contact your House representative to ask them to co-sponsor H.R.1209.

  Spitfire American Pilot Crash-Landing Spitfire
American pilots did fly Spitfires during World War II, and here is an interesting story about a long-lost piece of film taken during the war. The base surgeon used his personal movie camera to capture a wheels-up landing made by an American pilot, John Blyth, upon returning from a reconnaissance mission over Berlin. The story unites Blyth with the footage which he had never seen before. Imagine flying from England to Berlin, unarmed and alone, to take recon pictures and then return. What guts - it's definitely worth a look! Read more >>

  Bud Day Collings Foundation Honors Medal of Honor Recipient
In March 2011, Medal of Honor recipient George "Bud" Day was honored at a ceremony presented by the Collings Foundation. Col. Day was invited to participate in the event and fly a ride in the foundation's newly restored F-100F Super Sabre, the type in which he was shot down over Vietnam on August 26, 1967. The Super Sabre has the same paint scheme as Col. Day's Misty 1. After surviving the crash, he was captured and held by the Vietnamese for over five-and-a-half years. Col. Day served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, receiving more than 70 other awards including the Air Force Cross.

Col. Day passed away on July 27 this year and was honored posthumously by the American Veterans Center, a nonprofit group based in Arlington, Virginia.

It's great that he had a chance to fly again in his favorite aircraft, the Super Sabre, and you can watch the video of that event produced by the Collings Foundation.

  WWII Participants Sought to Help Celebrate 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII
Submitted by the "Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive" organization

The weekend of August 15 to 16, 2015, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Nell Calloway, who is the granddaughter of Gen. Claire Chennault, 1st American Volunteer Group commander and leader of the Flying Tigers, and WWII veteran Jerry Yellin, who flew the P-40, the P-47, and P-51 in combat over Japan from Iwo Jima, are currently working with other members of the warbird community to plan events and activities for this historic occasion. Read more >>

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  Test Flight
Maintenance and Restoration News

Bomber Command Museum Lancaster FM159 at Bomber Command Museum
Submitted by Doug Bowman, EAA 1029350

The Lancaster FM159 debuted at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta, September 20 and 21 with all four Merlin engines running. This aircraft has undergone a 54-year restoration, which started in earnest in 1986, by a team of skilled and dedicated volunteers with almost no outside government funding. Read more >>
  Gun Camera
WWII color video Impromptu Color Video from WWII
This color film was recently posted to YouTube and shows apparently random footage of several World War II aircraft - including a Supermarine Spitfire IX MJ730 shot in 1944 by Oscar-winning director William Wyler. Watch video >>
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The Final Toast
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