Vintage Aircraft Online
Issue 2   2009

This issue is a tad later in the month than we'd prefer, but the combination of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, along with a delay as we finalized some of the details about our lead story, pushed us a bit later in the month than we'd prefer. We hope the lead item was worth the wait for many of you! 

H.G. Frautschy
H.G. Frautschy

The annual EAA Fly-In and Convention was a resounding success, with more than 800 showplanes in the Vintage area, 10,000 airplanes on all of Wittman Field, and our campgrounds filled to near capacity. Plenty of cool, pleasant weather and amazing aircraft combined to make Oshkosh 2009 one of our best yet! We'll be sharing many of the sights and sounds of the annual get-together in the coming months in both Vintage Airplane magazine and online; we look forward to sharing it all with you. 

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 to keep us posted on the latest happenings in the world of vintage aircraft. We’ll be reading what you post within Oshkosh 365, 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 and let us know how we’re doing, what you’d like to see, and most importantly, feel free to contribute!  -H.G. Frautschy

Vintage DER
We received great news during the annual EAA Convention and Fly-In that the FAA had approved our proposal and created a new designation within the Designated Engineering Representative (DER) program- designated engineering representatives  Vintage DER
for vintage aircraft or vintage DERs (VDERs). The culmination of two years of effort by EAA, VAA and FAA staff, the new VDER designation should help reduce the cost and complexity of obtaining engineering approvals for vintage aircraft. DERs essentially are engineers-for hire, recognized by the FAA for their knowledge of a particular aircraft system-engines, electrical, structural.  Read more
EAA AirVenture 2009 Grand Champion Antique
According to the antique airplane judges at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, the Waco RNF restored by Joseph Kaminskas of Biglerville, Pennsylvania was just about perfect. The 1930 biplane, fresh from its restoration, was one of the highlights in the vintage antique parking area.  2009 Antique Champion

The morning after his aircraft was awarded the Gold Lindy for being the top antique airplane, before he hopped in and took off for home, Joe took a few moments to tell us about his airplane. Watch the video here.

Great Web Links
We run across great links regularly as we surf the web. Here are a few websites we’ve enjoyed in the past month or so:
Great Web Links

Okay, one of the sites is ours, but Joe and Jeri Norris had such a great time on their trip to the 50th annual Waco Reunion at Wynkoop Airport in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, that we need to share it with all of you. Here’s a link to their slideshow: click here.

Thanks to a head’s up from Dick and Patsy Jackson, we got a great view of the goings-on at Waco Reunion from a professional photographer who also attended. Check it out here.

One of the most commonly asked questions of us here in the Vintage office is “What kind of old wood propeller do I have?” One of the great things about the web is the incredible breadth of information available on the internet, and sure enough, there’s a website for that question too! Visit it at

And for enthusiasts of World War I aircraft, you’ll spend an evening digging around the website of the FOKKER-TEAM-SCHORNDORF. Creators of some of the world’s most accurate replicas of German fighters from the “Great War,” there are plenty of photos of their work. View it at

Just as we were finalizing this issue, we received an e-mail from Eye Revolution, a firm in London, England. They’ve just completed a couple of virtual tours of the Percival Mew Gull and the Miles M.12 Mohawk for the RAF Museum. You can view them here:
  Mew Gull
  Miles M.12

Why not share your web find with your fellow Vintage Aircrafters? Just drop us an e-mail at with the link, and we’ll get it in the next Vintage Aircraft Online!

Timeless Voices
EAA's efforts to compile an oral history of aviation's pioneers and those who have helped make aviation such a fascinating part of our nation's history has culminated in EAA's Timeless Voices project. Ward Stryker
Hundreds of videos are now archived at EAA Headquarters. We continue to create online versions of those videos so that members and others who have an interest in aviation can watch and learn from those who have come before us. This month's featured interview is Ward Stryker.

Born in 1912 in Arkansas City, Kansas, Ward had his first airplane ride at age 7 from a young barnstormer named Walter Beech. At age 15 he convinced the superintendent at the Swallow Aircraft Company in Wichita that he was old enough to work and was hired as a wing builder. When the Swallow plant was forced to close in 1929, Ward was lucky enough to get hired at Cessna as a rib builder, but was laid off two years later. After several years working in the Kansas oil fields, he went to work at Lockheed in Burbank, California, where he built Ventura bombers and other Lockheed aircraft until 1946. View the video here.

Hints for Restorers
For our next visit to EAA's Hints For Homebuilders video series, here's a handy video for those of us who have to do some welding on our steel tube structure. Hints for Restorers

Earl Luce, an active homebuilder, demonstrates a handy way to create a quick welding jig. For those of you who have built model airplanes using a ceiling tile and pins through the plans to hold the parts in place, the method will be familiar! Watch it here.

From the Archives
There's such a wealth of information contained in the pages of VAA's Vintage Airplane magazine, as well as EAA's flagship publication, EAA Sport Aviation, that we're just bursting at the archive seams!
Back in 1972, one of the more ambitious homebuilt projects was completed by Bill Turner, in California. Bill had decided to build a replica of a golden age air racer, the Brown Special, "Miss Los Angeles" first built in 1934. Turner's replica graced the cover of the November, 1972 issue of Sport Aviation, and Turner himself wrote the article about the creation of the replica. Bill Turner would go on to build a number of other replica racers, including the Gee Bee Z, Miles & Atwood Special, and the Howard Pete. Here's Bill Turner's article on building the Brown Special. Read more
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