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Where Aviation History Lives: EAA Vintage Aircraft Association
ChapterGram Newsletter: May 2014
By Max Platts, Administrator – Vintage Aircraft Association, EAA 1050672/VAA Lifetime 722088
Do you enjoy aviation history? Do you enjoy the magic of old airplanes? The Vintage Aircraft Association is a strong and vibrant division of EAA that has more than 6,000 members worldwide of dedicated pilots, aircraft restorers, and aviation enthusiasts alike. The VAA, along with these individuals, is dedicated to keeping the past alive by keeping these gorgeous vintage airplanes flying.
The EAA Vintage Aircraft Association brings together people from around the world who share an interest in the aircraft of aviation’s golden age. This common bond is sustained by VAA activities, programs, and publications. Since it was established in 1971, the association has been working to keep aviation history alive.
Originally known as the EAA Antique/Classic Division, the Vintage Aircraft Association has the support of EAA, which helps VAA further the causes of vintage aviation.
When people think of vintage aircraft, they tend to think of museum pieces, but they are much more than that. These are living, breathing, functional aircraft that have a place in the active general aviation fleet. Vintage aircraft make up a large percentage in nearly every class of aircraft.
The VAA defines a vintage aircraft as any aircraft manufactured on or before December 31, 1970. The time frame is divided into three different categories: Antique - December 17, 1903, to August 31, 1945; Classic - September 1, 1945, to December 31, 1955; and Contemporary -January 1, 1956, to December 31, 1970.
In those three categories, there are aircraft that can compete in terms of performance with new manufactured aircraft, at a fraction of the cost. Many of the best deals in the used aircraft market are vintage aircraft. The VAA is dedicated to educating the public about the practicality of these aircraft by providing the resources and information needed to keep these aircraft flying for years to come.