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A Note From the Editor

Year-End Notes

By Harold Cannon, Editor - Warbirds Briefing, EAA 466240


The year 2011 was a full one for the Warbirds community, and one that was unfortunately marred by the loss of several of our colleagues and in one case a personal friend of mine.

We all make New Year’s resolutions; we think about our health, our bad habits, and maybe our relationships with those we love. I want to take a moment to ask you all to reflect on the wonderful privilege some of us enjoy in caring for and flying pieces of very important history.

Safety is a concern for all of us, and it’s not just for the machines we hold in trust, but for our families and loved ones as well. A culture of safety in warbird operation and maintenance is something we all need to foster, nurture, and support. The continued review and improvement of our operations is something we can all get behind. Look for Warbirds of America to be out in front on this issue, but it’s something that we all need to resolve to do.

All the best this holiday season. Let us all strive to fly safe in 2012.

By the way, my friend Hugh “Uncle Buck” Houston and I have been at it again, flying an old yellow biplane warbird cross-country. This time, a Tiger Moth followed me home, but more on that next year, er, next month.


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