|PHOTO BY MARIANO ROSALES
The term “via air mail” was literally invented 100 years ago this year, and EAA’s Vintage Aircraft Association will celebrate the occasion in the Vintage area, just south of ConocoPhillips Plaza.
The airmail centennial will feature a display of aircraft that were used to fly mail, including EAA’s recently completed 1911 Bleriot Queen monoplane reproduction; a Stinson Tri-Motor from the Golden Wings Museum in Blaine, Minnesota; and from the EAA AirVenture Museum collection, a Pitcairn PA-7S Sport Mailwing and a 1927 Swallow biplane.
There will also be a replica air mail station where you can send a letter and exhibits relating to early years of air mail delivery in the United States.
Improvements at the Vintage Hangar now allow type club meetings and hands-on metal-shaping workshops to occur at the same time.
“Thanks to the generosity of key donors, and the efforts of our volunteer construction experts, we’ve been able to further enhance the Vintage Hangar,” said H.G. Frautschy, VAA executive director. He encourages anyone to stop by and learn from the experts about a favorite vintage type, the English wheel, or other metal-shaping tool.
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Other featured aircraft this year include a special selection of past grand champions, plus Cessna 170, Stinson, Swift, and Cessna 195 type club examples.
Breakfast and a briefing: Stop in the Tall Pines Café, 6:30-9:30 a.m., and get a full weather briefing from FSS specialists at the FSS satellite trailer parked next door. Check the weather and file flight plans without having to walk to the FSS below the control tower. The briefing trailer begins operations on Monday.
VAA message center: Write a message in the “notebook on a string” for people who frequent the Red Barn.
VAA picnic: Set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the EAA Nature Center. Tickets are available at the Red Barn and must be purchased in advance.
Friends of the VAA Red Barn: If you are a friend of the Red Barn, stop by the VAA information desk to check in and receive a special name badge.
Shawano fly-out: The fly-out will take place on Saturday, July 30, after a morning briefing scheduled for 7 a.m. on the Red Barn porch. Sign up at the Red Barn desk.
Portable electronics charging station: In the building just west of the Red Barn you can drop off your cellphone, iPod, iPad, and other electronics and get them charged for no charge. You’ll get a claim ticket with a pickup time. The service is free, but donations to help fund VAA programs are appreciated.
VAA judging awards: VAA members who wish to have their antique, classic, or contemporary aircraft judged by VAA’s volunteer judging corps should register at the Showplane Camping/Registration building south of the Vintage Hangar no later than Thursday afternoon, July 28. Judging ends at noon on Friday, and the annual VAA Aircraft Awards ceremony is Saturday, July 30, at 6 p.m., in the Vintage Hangar.