‘FIFI’ dustup leaves more questions


The truth is out there… somewhere.

Last week, a proposed amendment to the House’s National Defense Authorization Act caused a bit of a firestorm. The proposed amendment from Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) would “bar the Department of Defense from loaning or gifting any U.S. military aircraft or parts to any entity except those that would put the aircraft on static display, such as in a museum,” says an EAA story posted on April 18.

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CAF asks for support against proposed amendment

In response to a proposed amendment from Congressman Michael Turner to the House National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310) that, if allowed to pass, would have a devastating effect on civilian operated historic military aircraft, the Commemorative Air Force has put together a letter that will be sent to the Committee on Armed Services. CAF officials are asking pilots and aviation enthusiasts to sign the letter.

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Code 1 Aviation premieres


A group of industry experts with more than 80 years of experience has formed a new company, Code 1 Aviation, at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida, home to the Sun ’n Fun fly-in, to provide maintenance, restoration, avionics, sales, training and consulting services for owners of Warbirds.

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Sun ‘n Fun warbirds judging suspended for 2012

A decline in recent years of participation in the warbird aircraft judging program at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Florida, has prompted officials to suspend the program in 2012. According to officials from the Warbirds of America, they and Sun ‘n Fun officials will reevaluate the program during the one-year stand-down. WOA is seeking the input of the warbird community on the topic. You can add your input via e-mail at warbirds@eaa.org.

Stallion 51 celebrates 25th anniversary

Photo by Paul Bowen

Stallion 51 will kick off a yearlong “Silver Jubilee” commemoration at this year’s Sun ’n Fun International Fly-in and Expo in Lakeland, Fla., March 27-April 1. Sun ’n Fun will dedicate Friday, March 30, to Stallion 51 in commemoration of its 25 years. Lee Lauderback, Stallion 51’s president and chief pilot, will perform his signature solo Mustang routine at the beginning of the night air show that will culminate Sun ’n Fun’s “Stallion 51 Day.”

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Where Warbirds Fly


On Saturday, Feb. 18, the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, Calif., will host a National Warbirds Operators Conference event. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. there will be tours at Planes of Fame and at 5 p.m. there will be a flyover of three museum aircraft — two 2 P-51s — Wee Willy and Spam Can — and the museum’s P-40. Additionally there will be visiting aircraft on display: Julie Clark’s T-34 Mentor, Mike McDougall’s TA-4J Skyhawk, and John Muszala’s AD-5 (A-1E) Skyraider.

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