APR 2015

Experimenter is a magazine created by EAA for people who build airplanes. We will report on amateur-built aircraft as well as ultralights and other light aircraft.

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NEWS FROM HQ 6 Vol.4 No.4 / April 2015 AN ICONIC ALLIED aircraft that helped secure liberty in World War II returns to Oshkosh as the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum brings its Avro Lancaster bomber to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. The aircraft fi rst visited Oshkosh in 2006 and returned in 2009 to help celebrate that year's Canadian centen- nial of fl ight. This year the rare RCAF heavy bomber (C-GVRA), along with the museum's B-25 Mitchell bomber Hot Gen, will participate in 70th anniversary commemorations of the Allied victory in Europe. C-GVRA is one of only two remaining airworthy examples in the world today. The other is based in the United Kingdom, owned and operated by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The museum's B-25J Mitchell (C-GCWM) was one of the last Mitchells of the line in 1945 and was operated as a civilian transport for more than 25 years. The airplane was acquired by the museum in 1975 and underwent extensive restoration. The aircraft displays the markings of a B-25J of RAF No. 98 Squadron, which fought over northwest Europe from 1944 to 1945, and is dedicated to the Canadians who fl ew with the 98th. It's been to Oshkosh a number of times, the fi rst after initial refurbishment in the 1970s and most recently accompanying the Lanc in 2009. Allied Icons at AirVenture Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster bomber makes its third appearance in Oshkosh this year. EAA'S B-17 BOMBER Aluminum Overcast will participate in the huge "Arsenal of Democracy" fl yover in Washington, D.C., on May 8 to commemorate the 70th anni- versary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day marking the end of World War II in the European Theater. Many members of the EAA Warbirds of America will also be participating in the fl yover, which will feature 15 historically sequenced warbird formations represent- ing major battles—from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the end of the war. This fl yover is also part of the year-long "Spirit of '45" festivities throughout the country to mark 70 years since the end of the war. The Spirit of '45 activities will peak on August 15, when all warbird owners are encouraged to fl y in honor of the end of all WWII hostilities. EAA and War- birds of America will continue to provide information on ways to be involved in the coming months and especially during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. EAA's B-17 Part of Huge D.C. Flyover in May JUST AS A GROUP of volunteers helped build the One Week Wonder Zenith CH 750 Cruzer airplane during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, EAA is embarking on another project at Oshkosh this year to highlight aircraft homebuilding and raise awareness of our worldwide chapter network. The initial goal of "Give Flight" will be to construct fi ve sets of wings for various types of kit-built aircraft during the week. Then those wing sets will be given to fi ve dif erent EAA chapters to jump-start building projects that we hope will lead to the formation of fl ying clubs. The volunteer-based project will occur at the main cross- roads of the EAA AirVenture grounds on Celebration Way. Volunteers will construct the wings on each of the seven days of the convention, and like last year, anyone who walks by can participate by pulling a rivet. The chapters will receive the completed wings for free, but they will then be responsible for raising the funds necessary to complete the aircraft. EAA is in the process of determining which kit manufacturers want to participate in the project, said Charlie Becker, EAA homebuilt community manager. If your chapter is interested in taking on a "Give Flight" building project, e-mail Charlie at cbecker@EAA.org . 'Give Flight' at AirVenture This Summer Photography by Jason Toney

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