Each of you who has received this inaugural issue of Vintage Aircraft Online is a vital part of the vibrant vintage aircraft community within EAA. Your branch of the EAA family has been a significant part of the annual convention and fly-in since its arrival in Oshkosh in 1971, and the division's activities have grown to become a yearlong effort, with full-time staff representing the interests of VAA members throughout the year. As we've have evolved from the Antique/Classic Division to the Vintage Aircraft Association, we've gone from a four-page black and white newsletter to a full-color, 44-page magazine that highlights the accomplishments of our fellow members and shares the fascinating history of the airplanes we've come to enjoy.
Now, with this monthly electronic newsletter, Vintage Aircraft Online, we have, in addition to our monthly magazine, another way we can share information among one another, give you an opportunity to visit with fellow members, and see and hear the aircraft of yesteryear using the multimedia resources of EAA and the Internet. With the introduction of Oshkosh365, EAA's online community, we'll be able to bring together thousands of enthusiasts who restore, fly, and just plain enjoy great old airplanes.
Vintage Aircraft Online is intended to be an interactive newsletter in the sense that we not only encourage your input, but also need the collective brainpower of all of you out there to keep us posted on the latest happenings in the world of vintage aircraft. We'll be reading what you post within Oshkosh365, and of course we'll gather input from various sources, but the best and most informed group of reporters within aviation is you! Drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we're doing, what you'd like to see, and most importantly, feel free to contribute!
Editor, Vintage Aircraft Online
Editor, Vintage Airplane Magazine
Executive Director, VAA