Our goal is to promote and encourage the preservation and safe operation of ex-military aircraft, better known as Warbirds.
These wonderful aircraft are an important part of our aviation heritage. Please join us in our efforts to “Keep ‘Em Flying!”
National Warbird Operator Conference (NWOC) Update
Houston, TX (December 12th) - The National Warbird Operator Conference (NWOC) Planning Committee is pleased to announce the 23rd NWOC will take place Feb 15-18, 2018 in Houston, TX at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake Hotel.
Early registration is now open for the conference and hotel accommodations. Save $$ with Early Bird Pricing! Available until January 15, the early registration price is $400! Register Here!
National Warbird Operator Conference (NWOC)
National Warbird Operator Conference (NWOC) invites you to join them for their annual conference. This annual educational conference is a unique opportunity to learn the latest in regulations, safety, enhance pilot skills and hear industry speakers relate the stories of these aircraft we are entrusted to take care of for future generations.
Join us in Houston, Texas for our next conference! February 15 - 18, 2018 at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake. For more information visit the NWOC website at nwoc.aero
EAA Warbirds of America Project Update
January 24, 2017 - EAA Warbirds of America recently announced a fund raising project to help with expansion of the Warbirds Campground on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh grounds. Support was outstanding and the project has been funded completely.
December 21, 2016 - Join us for a fascinating look back into history as EAA Warbirds of America presents
"Warbirds in Review". Filmed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, aircraft owners who painstakingly restore their warbird aircraft are joined
by the courageous veterans who flew them in military service. Together they describe, in great detail, flying these magnificent machines -
now and then.
EAA Warbirds of America 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee
October 25, 2016 - Warbirds of America: Doug Champlin, EAA 62048
Doug Champlin dedicated his life to the historic preservation of military fighter aircraft, including 27 examples from World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. All of these aircraft were maintained in flyable condition and represented combat pilots from the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, Japan, and Germany. The aircraft were based at the Champlin Fighter Museum in Mesa, Arizona, from 1980 through 2002. His museum didn't just house aircraft, but also featured a staggering collection of other artifacts, including an armored car, a Soviet T-34 tank, and a large number of other weapons, including a Gatling gun. In addition, Doug maintained what was considered to be one of the world's largest collections of autographs from famous fighter aces throughout history. The museum was also home to two notable veterans' groups: the American Fighter Aces Association and the Flying Tiger Association.
Pre-Registration for Warbirds for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
July 15, 2016 - Pre-Registration for Warbirds for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 is now closed. Please come join us at AirVenture even if you haven't pre-registered! We can register you and your aircraft once you arrive on the field. Just head to the Warbirds Registration Building which is on the east end of the gift shop and they will be happy to register you there.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 NOTAM Now Available for Pilots Flying to Oshkosh
May 25, 2016 - The Federal Aviation Administration has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for EAA’s 64th annual fly-in convention July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
THE COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE (CAF) AND EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION (EAA) ANNOUNCE HEAVY BOMBERS WEEKEND 2016
May 1, 2016 - In a fourth annual gathering of aircraft from the World War II and Vietnam War eras, the CAF and EAA are joining forces for a Heavy Bombers Weekend 2016 in Janesville, Wisconsin the weekend before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. The event starts Friday, July 22, 2016 and will feature the world’s only airworthy B-29 Superfortress FIFI; the B-17 Aluminum Overcast; the B-25 Yellow Rose; the AC-47 Gunship Spooky; and Grumman C1-A Trader. Other attending aircraft include two P-51 Mustangs, a C-45 Expeditor, two TBM Avengers, PT-13 Stearman, AT-6 Texan, two SNJ-5s, PT-26, KC-135 fuel tanker from the 128th Air Refueling Wing, and an L-29 jet. Many of the airplanes will be available for ground tours and rides. A Bell 47 Helicopter will also be offering rides. Additional ground tour aircraft include a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter and the Rockford REACT helicopter.
Warbirds Pilots and volunteers attending the 2016 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In should register upon arrival at the new Warbirds Headquarters Building on the West end of the Warbirds Ramp.
Hours of operation will be 08:00 to 17:00 hours local. The Sun 'n Fun Fly-In will be held April 5 - 10 at the Lakeland Lindner Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida.
Are you unable to bring your plane to Sun ‘n Fun this year? Bring your EAA Membership Card and discount code EAA543 to the main gate to receive a discount off of your ticket purchase. If you wish to purchase your tickets online, please click this link and enter the discount code EAA543 when prompted.
Senate Unveils FAA Authorization Bill, No ATC Privatization or User Fees
March 9, 2016 – The U.S. Senate today unveiled its version of an FAA reauthorization bill, a bipartisan measure that would fund the agency through September 2017. An initial review by EAA advocacy staff contained some good news: there was no mention of ATC privatization in the measure, which ran into immense opposition in the House version last month. Nor was there any mention of general aviation user fees, something that EAA, AOPA, and other GA organizations have continually opposed for the past two decades. Please click here to check it out.
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - Reception begins at 6 p.m. | Dinner and program to follow
EAA is proud to honor five new inductees into our Sport Aviation Halls of Fame on Thursday, November 5, 2015. The five inductees, representing ultralights, the International Aerobatic Club, Vintage Aircraft Association, Warbirds of America, and homebuilding, have dedicated their lives to their respective areas of aviation and join an esteemed group of individuals who represent the spirit of EAA in the highest form.
June 5, 2015 – The airplane that led the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, 71 years ago this week will be restored to flying condition by the Commemorative Air Force, the organization announced today. The airplane, bearing the nickname of That’s All, Brother, was discovered in an aircraft bone yard in Wisconsin and had been slated to be
converted into a BT-67 turboprop by Basler Turbo Conversions, Oshkosh, when a researcher alerted the company to its huge historical significance.
June 5, 2015 – AirCorps Aviation in Bemidji, Minnesota, confirmed this week that the P-51 Sierra Sue II will be among the slate of warbirds appearing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. The airplane, which underwent a three-year restoration completed in 2014, was brought back to factory-fresh condition – “as she would look on the flightline in Belgium just after her nose art was painted,” noted AirCorps’ Chuck Cravens.
June 4, 2015 – EAA Warbirds of America has partnered with The Spirit of ’45 initiative and its WW-II Airpower Legacy Project to recognize and honor those who contributed to the war efforts some seventy years ago.
World War II vintage aircraft will be taking to the skies over communities across America on the weekend of August 15 – 16, 2015, as part of a nationwide commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
June 4, 2015 – Experience the thrill of flight in two historic military trainer aircraft Registration is now open for the EAA’s Ultimate Warbird Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp, taking place September 11-13, 2015.
EAA, GA Groups Urge Preservation of Vets’ Flight Training Funding
May 21, 2015 – EAA joined six other aviation associations Monday in signing a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Committee of Veterans Affairs, urging their committee to reject a bill (H.R. 476) that would impose a detrimentally low cap on Veterans Administration (VA) funding for college flight training degree programs for veterans.
Video Shows TBM Emergency Landing During ‘Arsenal’ Flyover
May 21, 2015 – By all accounts, the Arsenal of Democracy (AOD) flyover on May 8 in Washington, D.C., was spectacular and safe event. One incident occurred, however, after a pinhole leak in a TBM Avenger’s hydraulic line required the pilot to break off and divert from the planned flight path and make an emergency landing at Reagan National Airport (DCA). This week a video shot from inside the cockpit was posted to YouTube, taking viewers through the incident with pilot Josh Wilson.
May 18, 2015 – Old Glory Honor Flight, in partnership with American Airlines, is organizing Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight III during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 for Vietnam veterans in Northeastern Wisconsin. Up to 100 veterans will depart Wittman Regional Airport early Friday morning, July 24, then fly to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials honoring their service and recognizing their many sacrifices
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2015 WELCOMES RETURN OF GARY SINISE AND LT. DAN BAND ON JULY 24
May 4, 2015 – Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will return to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2015 as the grand finale of a daylong salute to veterans on Friday, July 24. Performing for the fifth time at EAA AirVenture since 2008, the popular band will be hosted by the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and EAA Warbirds of America at the Boeing Plaza stage
EAA AirVenture 2015 NOTAM Now Available For Download
April 21, 2015 - The FAA has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for EAA’s 63rd annual fly-in convention July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
April 16, 2015 - A Lockheed Martin F-35 “Lightning II,” the fifth-generation fighter that will be used by multiple U.S. service branches, will make its initial appearance at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in this summer. It also marks the first civilian U.S. air show appearance by this unique jet.
March 26, 2015 - Of the 1450 pilots of all services who have attained Ace status, there are less than 90 still with us, and most of them are in their 90s. To honor their service, a team of professionals, Nick Del Calzo (lead photographer and executive producer) and Peter Collier (author), the same team that produced the well-known book about Medal of Honor recipients titled Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, are producing another book.
This book is to commemorate the accomplishments of American Fighter Aces and is titled Wings of Valor: Honoring America's Fighter Aces, to be published in 2016. This will be a high quality book with portraits and stories of some 80 Aces (including four MOH recipients), most of whom are still living, some of whom are now deceased. The photography is complete, and the stories will be completed this summer. The Naval Institute Press will be the books publisher.
World's Only Flying Privateer Finally Heading for Oshkosh
March 5, 2014 - The world’s only flying Consolidated Vultee PB4Y-2 “Privateer” is scheduled to appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. Based at Casa Grande Municipal Airport, Arizona, the airplane (N2871G) was being prepared to fly to Oshkosh last year but issues in two of its four Wright R-2600-35 engines ended those hopes. It flew again on February 20, 2015, the first flight in nine months, and now all sights are set on Oshkosh.
Second Pilot’s Bill Of Rights Pushes Long-Awaited Aeromedical Reform Forward
February 26, 2015 – - Bipartisan “Pilot’s Bill of Rights II” legislation has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would put EAA-supported aeromedical reform into effect along with a number of other protections for pilots and other airmen.
February 12, 2015 – Progress on issues that will reduce barriers in several areas of flying, bring down costs, and enhance safety were among the top action items that came out of the annual EAA/FAA Winter Recreational Aviation Summit held Tuesday and Wednesday at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh.
Steve Hinton Honored with Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement Award in Aviation
November 5, 2014 - Aviator Steve Hinton, EAA Warbirds of America # 12506, was named the recipient of the 2014 Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime of Achievement in Aviation by the Wings Over Houston Airshow. In addition to performing in a North American F-86F Sabre (Sabrejet), America’s first swept wing fighter jet, Hinton serves as president of the Planes of Fame Air Museum and is the owner of the aircraft restoration company Fighter Rebuilders.
October 23, 2014 - Sixty-nine years ago, John and Amelia Tarabula of Gainesville, Georgia, tied the knot after he returned from serving his country in World War II. Enlisting after Pearl Harbor, John served as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 bomber with the 457th Bomb Group, 749th Bomb Squadron. After his final mission, which ended in a crash, John sent a telegram to Amelia asking for her hand in marriage. They were wed shortly after he got back from overseas, and next spring the couple will mark 70 years of marriage. )
EAAer Honored by France for Service in World War II
Douglas Ward, EAA 285865/Warbirds of America 596052, of Mondovi, Wisconsin, has regaled thousands of people over the years talking about his experiences as a ball turret gunner in a B-17 bomber during World War II.
The 91-year-old flew 37 missions in the European theatre from April-September 1944 - many of those experiences described in the book, Turret Tales - From a WWII Ball Turret Gunner, by Judie Ohm based on Doug’s stories, entries from his journal, and wartime letters.