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Participate in the QR Code Program

QR Code

By Rick Siegfried

The 2013 air show season is nearly here, and it's time for you to consider using technology to reach out to the general public. EAA Warbirds of America has developed a web-based way to share your aircraft with the public and potential future warbird enthusiasts. Using a QR (quick response) code reader on a smartphone, people can scan the QR code displayed on or near your aircraft and be taken instantly to a website featuring your warbird.

This website will tell the story of your aircraft history, restoration, performance data, photos, and more. Only data you choose to enter on the website will be displayed.

Visit the Warbirds website to see some of the current entries. On the menu across the top of the website, you'll see entries such as Mission Profile, Warbird List, etc. We suggest you take a look at other entries as examples to ready yourself to enter your warbird's information, then go to the Warbird Entry Form button to enter your information.

Prior to entering your QR code information, we suggest having information available such as:

  • A short narrative on the history of your warbird, aircraft markings, its role in military application, and any other details on your aircraft that you may want to display. There is a limit of up to 3,000 characters - approximately 250 to 450 words.
  • You may upload up to seven pictures, one as your main photo as well as three in History and three in the Restoration category.
  • Enter a short narrative on the restoration or authenticity of the aircraft. Also add any information regarding awards, depth of restoration, maintenance, etc. Once again the character limit applies.
  • You may submit up to four URL links such as your website, a museum website, type club site, veterans organizations, local Warbirds squadron, etc.

The above are merely suggestions. You may enter as much or as little information as you wish to create your warbird's entry so long as it's within the 3,000-character limit. Obviously the more information you enter on the website will provide a more complete story of your warbird.

This website is constantly being reviewed and updated. By AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 we hope to have operational improvements to the site allowing Warbirds members to enter and update their own entry. You do not have to be a member to use this benefit, but please consider joining as we bring the warbird movement to the public.

Once your entry is approved you can print a QR code directly from the website. Once printed, you can post the QR code label on a propeller sleeve, signage, or any other appropriate location. Anyone visiting your warbird at any event can then scan your QR code and learn about your airplane, 24/7, 365 days a year.

QR code readers are available as a free app on most smartphones (iPhones and Android devices). RedLaser, AT&T, and many others all have scanner apps available.

Try this QR code as an example:

QR Code

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