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From the Archives — Second Annual European Meeting
By Ian Brown, Editor
August 2020 – It was fascinating to read this article from EAA Sport Aviation, August 1970. It recounts a meeting in Sweden and then the U.K., with a bunch of visitors from North America. At this time there must have been several of the visiting group with a history in Europe, since it was only 25 years from the end of World War II. There were also expats referred to who visited the cities where they were raised. There is quite a thorough list of the aircraft that visited both the Swedish meeting and the one afterwards in the U.K., with many familiar aircraft types that are probably still flying today.
One wonders what became of the idea of a "European EAA Meeting." If you Google it today, you will find European Associations of Archeologists, Accountants, and who knows what else. Perhaps the initial success of EAA in Europe encouraged the formation of more stand-alone organizations like the Light Aircraft Association in the U.K.
EAA membership continues to be strong worldwide, and one might guess that those members who adhere to the organization are significantly more likely to be visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Enjoy reading the article. It's a fascinating snapshot of the history of our organization.