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Warbirds Briefing eNewsletter
Issue 6, July 2011
Flight Lead
A Note From the Editor
Harold Cannon,
It's Going to Be a Good Week
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is fast upon us. I know because I have that "kid before Christmas feeling." The chance to do some flying, see old friends, make new ones, look at the latest restorations, and get too much sun (I hope) has rolled around again.

Before I became involved in EAA Warbirds of America, I didn't give much thought at all to the preparation that goes into the event. I just showed up and had a blast. Now I know that the workload is nothing short of monumental. This all-out effort extends to EAA's first-rate Publications department as well. In the month leading up to the convention, these folks are tasked at max effort. Because of this, July's Briefing is, well, brief. I have included links to the Warbirds Schedule, Warbirds in Review, and the AirVenture NOTAM |Watch the video

Fly safe, show up, and have a blast! I hope to see you there.

Harold Cannon

Naval Aviation Centennial and More in Warbirds Area
The Warbirds area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is always among the most visited on the grounds, as itís one of the largest annual gatherings of warbirds in the world. This year will be special as the largest collection of flying naval aircraft from all eras ever assembled in one location is expected for the weeklong Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration. Overall there are expected to be about 350 warbird-type aircraft on display. Read more Warbirds highlights

Legendary C-47 Flying Over the Pond in Time for Oshkosh
The A legendary flying World War II aircraft, the C-47 Dakota N1944A, is coming back home from a long stay in Europe, and just in time for AirVenture Oshkosh. The aircraft, which saw duty in some of the most important battles of the war, was purchased in the UK this week by Kermit Weeks for Fantasy of Flight's flying aircraft collection in Polk City, Florida. Read more C47

Naval Aviation Centennial and More in Warbirds Area
In addition to the world's only airworthy B-29 Superfortress, "FIFI", Commemorative Air Force units (wings) are bringing 10 legendary aircraft that will be part of the air shows and ground displays in the Warbird area. Among them will be one of three airworthy Japanese Zeros in the world. This 560 A6M3 Model 22 Zero was recovered from Babo in New Guinea in 1991, partially restored from several A6M3s in Russia, then brought to the United States for completion of the restoration. Read more Zero

Austrian Pusher Built From F-4 Drop Tank
Here's something that would look right at home on the Oshkosh flightline: An airplane whose fuselage was built using a converted F-4 Phantom drop tank. According to this website, Josef Malliga, of Zeltweg/Lind, Austria, constructed the aircraft, named the Malliga MAL-04 OE-VMA. It was on display at the Airpower 2011 Airshow at Zeltweg Airport (LOXZ) in Styria, Austria. F-4

Answering Your Wi-Fi Questions
EAA's network administrator, Brian Huth, answers questions about the newly-upgraded Wi-Fi system that will be available at AirVenture 2011. Read more | Locate the Wi-Fi stations and hotspots on the AirVenture 2011 map. 2011 logo

Sea Harrier: Behind the Scenes
A behind-the-scenes look at flying and preflighting Art Nall's Sea Harrier for the afternoon air show at AirVenture Oshkosh. Hours of prep and calculations go into each 14-minute performance. Watch the video Sea Harrier

Sign-Up for Text Alerts
New for 2011, AirVenture attendees can stay up-to-date on daily highlights, including aircraft arrivals and air show lineups, as well as potential severe weather or vehicle traffic updates, by subscribing to receive text messaging alerts on their mobile devices. EAA staff will provide timely updates in case of severe weather, as well as what necessary procedures to follow.
  • Text OSHALERT to 84444 to automatically sign up for any necessary Weather & Vehicle Traffic alerts.
  • Text OSHFUN to 84444 to automatically sign up for notable Features & Attractions. 
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Airplanista's 'Tweeplechase' to Energize AirVenture Tweeters
Airplanista Magazine, a new media online all-digital aviation publication, will engage the active aviation Twitter community at EAA AirVenture 2011 with a new game called Tweeplechase. In this fun game, anyone who follows the hashtag #tweeplechase can win valuable prizes by following clues tweeted by the magazine's editor, Dan Pimentel. The game is scheduled to be played from Thursday, July 28, through Saturday, July 30. Read more airplanista

Sneak Preview: EAA Warbirds in Review 2011
It's been a decade since Warbirds in Review presentations first appeared at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and each year, the lineup of featured aircraft and pilots has grown stronger. Review Chairperson Connie Bowlin provides a quick preview this week of what we can expect to see this AirVenture. Read more Warbirds in Review

2011 AirVenture NOTAM Welcome to Warbird Island
Flying into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh? Study the AirVenture NOTAM. The FAA has updated the phone number if you have a problem completing a slot reservation. It is now: 540-422-4246. The section on warbird arrival begins on page 16. See you "over the island"! Read the NOTAM AirVenture NOTAM

AirVenture LIVE is Your Online Target
Follow all the AirVenture action through our Web portal, AirVenture LIVE. You will find links to the latest photos, videos, AirVenture Today, daily AirVenture e-Hotline, EAA Radio, AirVenture webcams, LiveATC, plus our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Go to AirVenture LIVE 2011 logo

Oshkosh Bound? There's an App for That

Whether flying or driving to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, Sporty's has made your planning easier than ever before with a free app for the show. The official EAA AirVenture 2011 Fly-In App is available for both Apple devices (iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch) and Android devices (phones and tablets) and includes everything show-goers need, from maps, to guides, to schedules, and even to late-breaking news. Read more

EAA Radio's On the Fly Live in the Warbirds Area During AirVenture
EAA Radio's On the Fly program will broadcast live from the Warbirds area on Wednesday, July 27, at 1 p.m. during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The one-hour show will feature interesting guests and lots of great talk about great airplanes. Return to base outside the Briefing building in the Warbirds area to see the broadcast, or listen on the grounds on AM 1210, 93.3 FM, or on the Internet.

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