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Flight Lead
A Note From the Editor
Harold Cannon, hcannon@eaa.org
 
Flying Is Fun in Any Language 
Flying a little bit of history is always special and sometimes a little funny, too. A few weeks ago, an old friend called and asked if he could let a couple of kids come out to the hangar and look around. Any excuse to go to the airport seems like a good one to me, so no was never considered. In fact, I seldom miss an opportunity to take a kid flying. What Harold Cannon
made these kids special, he went on, was their Sunday morning habit of dragging Mom and Dad out of bed to go airplane spotting. He should have added that both of these boys are from Japan and speak very little English. Read more
      
Test Flight
Safety News and Issues
 
New Runway Phraseology: Line Up and Wait
On September 30, air traffic controllers began using the phrase "line up and wait" to replace "taxi into position and hold." The Federal Aviation Administration made the change to bring U.S. procedures in line with International Civil Aviation Organization methods. The "line up and wait" direction is meant to position aircraft for imminent departure, but does not authorize an aircraft to take off. It also cannot be issued if an aircraft has been cleared to land on the same runway.

The FAA reminds pilots not to cross or take off from any runway unless they have been specifically instructed to do so. You can read the FAA directive here.

      
Test Flight
Maintenance and Restoration News
 
Original FW-190 Nears First Flight
Rescued from Russian forest
The BMW 801 engine of the Flying Heritage Collection's (FHC) Fw-190A-5/U3 restoration project recently had its first run by Vintage V12s in Tehachapi, California, according to a report on the Meier Motors website. Although official 
Rescued warbird
news regarding the project has been hard to come by, EAA learned that FHC plans to fly the 190 for the public at Paine Field in time for its "Luftwaffe Day" during the 2011 May-September flying season next year. When complete, this will be the only airworthy original Focke-Wulf 190 in the world, according to the Meier Motors website. See incredible video of the aircraft's discovery
 
Harpoon Rescue
Ever wonder who's restoring what? Taigh Ramey and Vintage Aircraft have been up to a lot. This isn't exactly a Mustang in a barn, more like a Harpoon in a field. The Lockheed PV-2D Harpoon, one of 35 D model Harpoons built, was on land that had been sold, and the aircraft needed to go as the new land owners didn't like old  Harpoon Rescue
aircraft like we do. The old warbird had been sitting since 1994 and had become the home to many different creatures over the years. She was buried in the ground past her axles, and the belly tank was resting squarely on the ground - a sad sight indeed. But the derelict would eventually become a cloud dancer once again. Read more and watch it fly again after 16 years
 
The Last Flight
Printed with permission from The Paper
About 20 years ago during a large warbird gathering in Genesee, New York, the crew of a restored Lockheed Harpoon met a Navy veteran who had flown the aircraft in World War II. His sons brought him to the show in an effort to cheer him up due to a recent diagnosis of terminal cancer.
Harpoon
The crew soon offered the veteran a seat on a photo flight scheduled for the next day. The next morning when the man showed up for the flight, it soon became apparent how valuable this additional crew member would be. Read more
 
Help Provide Info on This Piece of Equipment
An interesting set of photos was recently sent to the EAA Warbirds of America home office. The sender has been in possession of an old Air Force gunsight computer for a few years and is asking which aircraft used this piece of equipment. After some initial research, nothing turned up. Then we decided to post the photos in Briefing What is this?
so you, our readers, could help. Read more and view the photos
      
GI News
Updates on Government Issues and Advocacy
     
Part Time Inspector Policy Change Raises Alarms 
Public comments on proposal welcomed through December 6
EAA and the Vintage Aircraft Association this week quickly moved for FAA clarification on a policy proposal that is causing confusion among maintenance professionals and owner/operators who rely on a part-time Airplane and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic with an Inspection Authorization. A number of members have contacted EAA and two of its special interest divisions, the Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) and EAA Warbirds of America, fearing that the proposal could mean the end of Inspection Authorizations for part-time mechanics. Read more Inspection
 
Saying Thank You to Our Veterans
On Veterans Day, we remember the sacrifices made by the brave men and women while defending freedom all over the world. Whether they served at times of war or times of peace, we are forever grateful to those who put their lives on the line while serving their country. Those of us who enjoy the freedom of flight know that freedom comes at a cost - a cost borne by those who have served in uniform. Read the story Salute to Veterans
   
100 Years of Naval Aviation: You're All Invited to the Party
This 100th year of Naval Aviation will be filled with celebration, not the least of which will be a special emphasis at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. The U.S. Navy is kicking things off with its Centennial of Naval Aviation Aerial Review on February 12, 2011, in San Diego, California. If you're a warbird owner with a Navy aircraft, Uncle Sam wants you. I think the rest of us would have a blast just being there. Read more
 
Windsor International Air Show 2010
For decades, Canada was known for great air shows. In the ’80s and ’90s, the London Air Show in Ontario was famous for fantastic participants. Remember, for instance, the 1989 London Air Show with the attendance of 25F-4 Phantoms from various forces and units. Unfortunately, due to financial concerns the London Air Show & Balloon Festival hasn’t taken place from 2002 on. Fortunately, Windsor Airport, close to Detroit, Michigan, looks to be a good alternative. Here the Windsor International Air Show, also known as “The Sounds of Freedom II,” was held Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22, 2010. Pieter M. Groenendijk takes us there with great pictures of the action. Read more
  
Mission Profile
November's Featured Stories
  
P-39 Recovered From Russian Lake After Six Decades
A Bell P-39Q Airacobra, built in a western New York state factory in 1943, has returned home after resting at the bottom of a Russian lake since 1944. This particular aircraft was sent to the Soviet Union under the United States' Lend-Lease program, which propped up P-39
Allied forces with war materiel before and after the U.S. entered World War II. Miss Lend-Lease, as it has been named, served in a frontline Soviet Air Force squadron along the border with Finland. The discovery is rare since remains of the pilot along with key artifacts, found with the aircraft, have provided insights into the mystery of why the aircraft suddenly broke formation as the squadron repositioned to an airfield closer to the front 66 years ago. Read the story and watch the video
 
Warbird Mission to BMT 2010 Fly-In
Every October, a well-kept secret fly-in occurs at the home of a Tennessee aircraft and military vehicle collector, who just happens to be a world-champion barbecue expert as well. Warbirds, motorhomes, tents, and trailers all convene at an immaculate grass strip for an aviation happening that has no crowds, just pilots, family, and friends. It's as close to heaven as most of us will BMT Fly-in
get this side of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. There's a bit of business conducted (a brief meeting for Tennessee-based Warbirds of America Squadron 1), but a good time is the order of the day. For a little taste of southern aviation hospitality, continue on, as Russ McDonald (Yankee aerial invader), lets us know how the boys in Tennessee define fun. Read more
  
Rare Corsair Recovered
Birdcage version recovered from Lake Michigan
A rare, Birdcage Corsair World War II fighter was recovered from Lake Michigan's Waukegan Harbor, north of Chicago, on Monday morning, November 8, after spending the last 67 years submerged following a carrier training crash. Vought F4U-1 Bu.No.02465, coded 
Rare Corsair
"F-21," was the 32nd aircraft from the WWII-era rescued by A and T Recovery of Chicago. Read more and watch the video | View the exclusive photo gallery
 
Aluminum Overcast Visits Squadron 4 in Illinois
EAA Warbirds Squadron 4 has a lot going on including a great e-newsletter. Members recently hosted the EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast. It was a wet weekend, but enthusiasm wasn't dampened at Joliet Park District Regional Airport in Illinois. Read more
 
Visit the Virtual Aircraft Museum: It's Always Open
Want to check out almost any airplane ever built in the world? Old, new, military, civilian? Browse this site for a few minutes. You'll be amazed at what has been done in airplane design.

You'll be able to pull up airplanes that were built in countries throughout the world and numerous aircraft companies. The amount of info available is unbelievable. It's a Virtual Aircraft Museum. Visit the museum

 
Video: Aerial Footage From Airship of WWI Battlefields Found in Parisian Vault
Films shot from British airships, depicting the devastation on the landscape by World War I, were recently discovered in Paris. In the films, part of a BBC documentary on aerial photography by British pilots, the pockmarked grounds  Aerial Footage
and mutilated villages make the ground appear lunar and desolate. Overhead shots of the intricate trench work and images of the bulky cameras employed show the confluence of a war fought using cutting edge technology with obsolete tactics. Watch the video
 
Webinars: Flying Before the Wright Bros. Got it Right
EAA Homebuilder's Community Manager Joe Norris will give the quick overview of what you need to know to stay on the FAA's good side.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT. To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for their generous sponsorship of our webinar programs.

Issue 9, November 2010

 
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Gun Camera
  
VIDEO

Recently Declassified Color Gun Camera Footage from Japan
Recently declassified color gun camera footage from the Japanese theater of World War II has emerged. The clips are some of the clearest images seen from the era. Set to haunting music, the collection of clips begins with aerial dogfights and then moves on to strafing attacks. In one clip, people are seen running for cover.

Gun camera

Watch the video

 
WWII Vets Meet Aluminum Overcast
In honor of this week's observance of Veteran's Day, our featured video comes from the Smithville Telephone Company of Ellettsville, Indiana, which produced a video about EAA's B-17 tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 650 and held at nearby Bloomington Monroe Airport October 28-31. The company invited several World War II veterans for a special tour of the airplane and conducted several poignant interviews of these American heroes. Special thanks to the Smithfield team for honoring these veterans. 

Aluminum Overcast

Watch the video

 
PHOTO GALLERY
Journey to Edwards
Ever wonder what it's like to land on the dry lake at Edwards? Edwards Air Force Base had a lottery, and out of 2,500 entries, the base allowed only 115 civilian aircraft to land on the dry lakebed within the restricted area. Being one of the lucky winners, aviation writer Ramona Cox flew her Cessna TU206 to the event last month and brought a few friends.

Photo gallery

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AirVenture 2010 Award Winners
Photo gallery
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EAA RADIO
EAA Radio Aircraft Re-Registration Explained
The FAA's effort to update its national aircraft registry is underway. To fix errors and omissions and to address security requirements, the FAA is requiring that all aircraft be re-registered by 2013. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot talked with EAA's Timm Bogenhagen, who says failure to re-register could render your aircraft "unusable"; however, re-registration takes only a few minutes and can be completed online or by mail and EAA is ready to help. Listen to the interview
 
Events
Monthly - Chino, CA - EAA Warbirds Squadron 16 Meetings are held every month on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Planes of Fame Air Museum.
Info: Enrico Bottieri, Commander
Phone: 714-964-4864
E-mail | Website

December 5, 2010 - Chamblee, GA - EAA Warbirds Squadron 17 Annual Meeting at 57th Fighter Group Restaurant. Starts at 11 a.m. Featured speaker is Connie Bowlin, EAA Warbirds of America director.
Info: Liz Porter
Phone: 678-491-5843
E-mail

January 29-30, 2011 - Punta Gorda, FL - Second Annual Warbird Weekend at the Charlotte County Airport (PGD), presented by EAA Warbirds of America Squadron 24. Proceeds will help the Wounded Warrior Project. Event will be preceded by the Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament Flyover by Trudeau Warbird Enterprises. Static displays. Food available, and free to pilots bringing in aircraft.
Phone: 941-639-6187
E-mail

 
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