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Flight Lead
2012 National Warbird Operator
Conference Recap
From all accounts, the 2012 National Warbird Operator Conference (NWOC) was a big hit with attendees. This year's event was held at the hotbed of warbird aviation, Ontario/Chino, California, February 16 to 19. The host facility was the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Bill Fischer
in Ontario.

Thursday, February 16, was registration day as over 260 warbird owners and operators checked in for the weekend conference. That evening a special sponsors welcome reception was held in the grand ballroom. Read more
    
Safety Brief
'NASA Form' - When You Have That 'Sinking Feeling'
One important tool available to pilots is the Aviation Safety Reporting System or ASRS. Recently, a warbird pilot had an issue at an airport. Upon landing, he was instructed to call the control tower. The tower staff explained the issue, and the NASA
pilot discovered he may have been in violation of a federal aviation regulation. By using the ASRS, the pilot filed a voluntary report and that information was used to help improve aviation safety. We encourage pilots to become familiar with the ASRS and use the system if and when appropriate. Read more
    
Bob Hoover Helps P-51 With Stuck Gear Land Safely
Some fast thinking by Cavanaugh Flight Museum officials, along with remote advice from Bob Hoover, one of the greatest pilots who ever lived, allowed for the safe landing of the museum’s P-51D Mustang Brat III, which was providing rides on Sunday at Mobile Downtown Hoover
Airport, Alabama.

Things got a little dicey at the conclusion of a 30-minute flight when the left main gear failed to deploy for landing. But thanks to some crack flying by Chuck Gardner, EAA 1026448, and a suggestion radioed from the ground, the gear eventually came down, locked, and the plane landed without further incident. Read more
    
Test Flight
Maintenance and Restoration News
 
Hitler's Stealth Bomber
Keep in mind, this aircraft was built in the 1940s. It resembles our stealth bombers of today. Had Hitler gotten these into production sooner, the world wouldn’t be what it is today: Hitler's stealth bomber: the Horten Ho 2-29. National Geographic News' Brian Handwerk tells the story of "Hitler's Stealth Bomber." Read more Hitler's Secret Bomber
 
GI News
Updates on Warbird and Squadron News
 
Pilot's Bill of Rights Introduced in House
Longtime EAA member Representative Sam Graves (R-MO), along with Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL), have jointly introduced the House version of the "Pilot's Bill of Rights" that would provide aviators with more protection and access to information in FAA enforcement Sam Graves
proceedings. The bill (H.R. 3816) is a companion bill to the U.S. Senate version (S. 1335) introduced last July by EAA member Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). That Senate bill, which was outlined to aviators by Senator Inhofe last summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, already has 60 cosponsors. Read more
   
Air Racers 3D IMAX
Any warbird fan ought to like this: an HD documentary on the Reno Air Races. Air Racers 3D IMAX—narrated by Paul Walker—is coming soon.

"Fly into Nevada's 'Valley of Speed' for a breathtaking exploration of the fastest race in the world
Reno
combined with spectacular air show entertainment: the legendary Reno National Championship Air Races." Watch the preview
   
Mission Profile
Featured Stories
  
Photo Gallery: Battle of Britain
It's hard to believe as WWII fades into the past that it was 72 years ago in July to October of 1940 that the Battle of Britain raged. Color photos of that time are a rare treat. Click below for a flickr gallery of those that maintained and flew Battle of Britain
the planes of Great Britain's "Finest Hour." View the gallery
   
Poem: There's a Mission Today
Staff Sergeant Edward A. Greenlaw of Tacoma, Washington, wrote the poem "There's a Mission Today." Greenlaw was shot down and became a POW. These two pilots fared much better, limping back to base in their crippled B-26 Marauder. Photo provided by Clarice Erickson. Click here. Greenlaw poem
 
The U.S. Army Air Forces Present The Last Bomb
Gunsight has video from many phases of warbird history. Click below for an Academy Award-nominated documentary which shows the 21st Bombing Command and its role in the B-29 bombing of Japan and the Pacific Theater of Operations. Watch the video The Last Bomb
 

Issue 13, March/April 2012

 
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Gun Camera  
VIDEO
Vietnam Rescue
Vietnam Rescue
Brigadier General Steve Ritchie tells the amazing story of the rescue of downed pilot Roger Locher in Vietnam in 1972. Click below to see General Ritchie recount the rescue of Locher, who spent 23 days in the jungle evading capture. After that, click the next link to watch real footage from a jungle rescue in Vietnam.

Watch General Ritchie | Watch a jungle rescue

   
Amazing Virtual Tour
C-130
This might be one of the most advanced sites I have ever been in: the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. If this is a sign of the future, wow!

Click on the map in the upper right-hand corner to bring down a visual menu of the different sites within the museum, then click on a dot within that site to view the exhibits from that camera angle. Next, follow (click on) the arrows. You can run your mouse over the aircraft and it can tell you what it is; in some cases you can click the image and find out even more on the plane. Clicking the button with four arrows coming in from the corners puts you into full-screen mode. “Esc” will bring you back. Warning: Time flies when you get immersed in this tour!

Take the tour

   
  
Events

April 28
Marengo, IL
EAA Warbirds of America Squadron 4 "Hands on Workshop" event at Kellner Restoration Group-B-17E Flying Fortress.
Info: brian.churchill@warbirdsquadron4.org

May 6
Moraine, OH
Flyout to join EAA Chapter 48 at Moraine Airpark for Funday Sunday Pancake Breakfast. Starts about 8 am, ends about 3 pm.
Info: HeslerVhesler@aol.com

May 11
Addison, TX
Cavanaugh Flight Museum presents An Evening with Bob Hoover: "Let History Take Flight", with Bob Hoover as the guest speaker. Includes a silent auction, dinner & dancing.
Info: 972-380-8800

May 12
Rock Falls, IL
EAA Warbirds of America Squadron 4 sponsors "A Day on the Western Front".
Info: brian.churchill@warbirdsquadron4.org

May 19
Clermont County, OH
Sporty's Open House at Clermont County Airport. EAA Warbirds Squadron 18 will have a membership drive along with Tri-State Warbird Museum at this daylong event.
Info: 513-241-1661

 
 
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