Vintage Aircraft Online
Issue 3   2009

Welcome to the third issue of Vintage Aircraft Online.

The fly-in season may be winding down (particularly for those of us who live "up north"), but that just means that many of our fellow members will be heading indoors to do some restoration or maintenance work on their beloved aircraft.

H.G. Frautschy
H.G. Frautschy

How about you?
Have you decided what your winter project will be? Perhaps an addition to your cockpit in the form of a new radio or intercom or maybe a re-covering project is on your plate? In any case, if you have a few moments to spare, join us at The Red Barn forum on Oshkosh365, EAA's new online community. Share your projects with the rest of us by posting photos and descriptions in the "What Are You Restoring" forum, and who knows, perhaps you'll inspire someone else to get to work on his or her airplane.

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 are those of you out in the field. Send 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 Editor, Vintage Aircraft Online
Editor, Vintage Airplane magazine
Executive Director, VAA

Airworthiness Directives and Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins
To facilitate the inspections required in AD 2008-15-06 (Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 175 and 175A engine mount inspection), the FAA has issued an alternate means of compliance (AMOC) to create small inspection holes in the fuselage skin aft of each of the four brackets that are to be inspected. These added holes would facilitate borescope inspection of the bracket and its engine mount attach hole for deformation and cracks.

This AD requires you to check the airplane logbook to determine if the original engine mounting brackets have been replaced. If the original engine mounting brackets are still installed, this AD requires you to repetitively inspect those brackets for cracks and replace any cracked engine mounting bracket. After replacing all four original engine mounting brackets, no further action will be required by the AD. Download the AMOC here.

Jeff's Waco
Did you know that the majority of EAA Young Eagles flights are made using a vintage airplane? Over the nearly two decades of Young Eagles flying, a check of the types of airplanes used for Young Eagles flights shows that most of the flights have been  Jeff's Waco
made using aircraft built prior to 1970, with many of them taking place in the great two- and four-place airplanes built just after World War II.

With the news that Harrison Ford has handed the stick of chairmanship over to Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, it seems likely that even more Young Eagles will experience the thrill of a first flight in a vintage aircraft. Jeff Skiles has recently reconnected with his enjoyment of aviation as framed in the windshield of an antique airplane. Last month, with the help of a longtime friend with whom he recently reconnected, Skiles purchased a Waco YOC cabin biplane, which he plans to use as he and Sullenberger share their love of flight with youngsters. Read more

WWI Aircraft Gather in Dayton
Last month (September) the Great War Aeroplanes Association, in partnership with the National Museum of the United States Air Force, held their biennial Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on the 
museum's grounds at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. This year's Rendezvous drew hundreds of spectators, and, thanks to special arrangements with WPAFB, featured flying displays by several replicas and recreations of WWI-era aircraft. Read more
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

One of the earliest websites I remember seeing created to highlight a collection of great old airplanes was posted by Russell Williams. On the website, he has loads of photographs of airplanes, along with a catalog of, as he puts it, "flying and semi-derelict airplanes (aka projects)." See it here.

Right after World War I, the U.S. government realized that aviation had potential for speeding up the delivery of mail. The early air mail system was manned by pilots and mechanics who, through grit and determination, saw the mail through. Read their stories at

And finally, for something completely silly and very British, watch the "Red Sparrows" of the Hampshire Fire Brigade at this website.

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. Jim Wright
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 Jim Wright.

Jim Wright was a self-taught engineer and entrepreneur. At age 26 he founded the Wright Machine Tool Company in Cottage Grove, Oregon. In the 1970s after reading about the Hughes H-1 Racer in a 1937 magazine article, he became fascinated with the airplane. Over the years he went on to learn to fly and eventually owned a few airplanes - a Taylorcraft, a Bonanza, and a Glasair III, but his mind was always on the H-1. In 1998 Jim decided he had the time and the resources to build the ultimate homebuilt - an exact replica of the Hughes H-1. After finding a rare Pratt & Whitney R-1535 in rebuildable condition, Jim assembled a project team and went to work. The result was one of the most graceful airplanes to ever visit Oshkosh when Jim flew the completed H-1 replica to EAA AirVenture in 2003. Sadly, we lost Jim and his replica after the airplane developed a mechanical problem over Yellowstone National Park on his return flight to Oregon. He touched a great many people in aviation in just a few short years, and his Hughes H-1 Racer replica will long be remembered as one of the most beautiful replicas to grace the skies over Oshkosh. View the video here.

Hints for Restorers
In this month's Hints for Restorers, Joe Norris, EAA's homebuilt community manager, takes us through the proper procedure for installing Nicopress sleeves when building control cables. Watch it here. Hints for Restorers
From the Archives
In April of 1960, Frank Tighe Jr., one of our earliest EAA members (No. 3216), wrote a delightful article in defense of the biplane.

Read it here.

Question of the Month

Q. During normal (non break-in) operations, do you use straight-weight or multi-grade aviation oil?

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