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Warbird Impounded

EAA Warbirds of America Offers Assistance

May 15, 2009 — The Department of Homeland Security recently notified a pilot, an EAA Warbirds of America (WOA) member and owner of a Douglas AD-4N Skyraider, that it intended to confiscate his recently imported aircraft.  The Department alleges that necessary forms were improperly filed.  Last week federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized this rare piece of our nation’s aviation heritage.  The airplane remains in a secured hangar at the member’s home airport. 

In 2008, after a trans-Atlantic flight, this aircraft cleared customs and proceeded to its new home base in Bessemer, Alabama.  Last September, the FAA inspected the aircraft and issued the Skyraider its new Experimental and Exhibition operating certificate and U.S. registration number.

The member has retained legal counsel, solicited the assistance of EAA member and WOA board member Congressman Sam Graves, and has been in contact with WOA President Rick Siegfried.

EAA and Siegfried are staying apprised of the situation. As this AD-4D Skyraider owner requests or is in need of additional assistance, EAA stands ready.  Updates will follow.

For specific details regarding this aircraft please visit www.savetheskyraider.com.

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