NWOC 2018

Announcing our 2018 meeting! Join us in Houston this coming February 15-18 at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake for a weekend of insights, info and fun. Watch our page for regular updates.

Founded in 1993, the annual NWOC event brings together warbird owners, operators, and museum directors to address particular events facing warbird owners and to discuss common goals related to the ever-changing economics, operations and regulations pertaining to flying ex-military aircraft.

NWOC focuses on the exchange of ideas and information concerning the safe operation and restoration of warbird aircraft. This unique educational conference offers programs to enhance pilot skill and knowledge, expand aircraft maintenance technician and restorer knowledge, develop awareness of medical and insurance facts, and address aircraft-specific topics to ensure continued flight for these unique historic aircraft. As one participant remarked, ” … we are not owners of these treasures, but rather caretakers who ensure that future generations can better understand history.” That statement emphasizes the importance of the educational goals of NWOC.

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New Page: Flight Manuals

Once considered some of the most important secrets of the United States, classic jets were on the leading edge of technology and national defense. You can now read the flight manuals for these aircraft! Check back as we will be adding more.

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Jet Warbird Friendly Airport

Low cost fuel and long runways are always appreciated by Jet Warbird operators for both local flights and cross country stops. DeKalb Taylor Airport KDKB in DeKalb, Illinois is a good location for both. Runway 2/20 is 7025' x 100' and jet fuel is currently $2.69 per gallon. Tom Cleveland is the airport manager at DeKalb and is always standing by to make your visit a special one.

For more information about the DeKalb Airport: Click Here

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ACM Warbirds of Canada Grand Opening

ACM Warbirds of Canada, Not for Profit Living Museum, Announces April 15th Grand Opening

ACM Warbirds of Canada(ACM) is an exciting new, not for profit living museum.  ACM is showcasing vehicles and aircraft from the cold war era, as well as the heroes who flew them.  Ready to celebrate an April 15th launch, the museum will be the only place in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec where a person can fly in a cold war era fighter jet. We will also be flying in the Toronto and Barrie ON regions.

From flying a cold war plane to aerobatics to formation flying, it is no surprise these are items on many bucket lists begging to get checked off.  The good news is our not-for-profit, living museum, ACM Warbirds, based in Ottawa and in the Barrie area is answering the call in Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and in the Toronto and Barrie regions.  It provides interested people a handful of different membership opportunities that can get them on board from ground schools being trained as part of the ground and maintenance team, all the way to being on board for a wide range of different flight possibilities depending on their level of membership.  Excitement surrounding the project from flight enthusiasts is incredibly high.


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Blue Angels Video

The Blue Angels have released a cockpit video from a recent performance. Ride along through many of the maneuvers and see what it looks like to fly 18" apart! Click Here for the video.

Any some people wonder why we like to fly Classic Jets!

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MODAERO Aviation Festival

The MODAERO Aviation Festival and Airshow was created as a non-profit fundraiser for STEM Education and Aviation Outreach. Proceeds from the event benefit the MODAERO Aviation Community, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, whose mission is to engage, educate and empower the next generation through Aerospace. The Festival is the exclusive aviation event which targets the #NextGen Aerospace audience, ages 16-39 through an aviation expo, fly-in, career fair and air show. This demographic is keenly interested in discovering career paths and education opportunities within the Aerospace and Aviation industries and therefore, we believe your participation would be extremely rewarding. 

We are honored to extend this invitation to the Classic Jet Aircraft Association to participate in our Festival through an aerobatic performance, static display of aircraft and/or a fly-over of the event. This year’s air show will include R/C aircraft & drone demonstrations, parachute jumping and aerobatic performers in piston and turbine powered aircraft. Information on the airshow can be found at our web site: 

Should you have members willing to participate in this event, we would be able to provide fuel, lodging and transportation for the aircrew during the weekend of the airshow. We are prepared for aircrews to arrive as early as Thursday, June 1st and depart as late as Monday, June 5th. All ground handling and servicing of the aircraft will be done by Galaxy FBO which is the military contract fueler at KCXO. The point of contact for our event is as follows: 

Brian Columbus, Founder & Air Show Director
MODAERO Festival & Air Show
5260 Central Parkway
Conroe, TX 77303
(m) 773-425-6963 

We would be honored if you accept this opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind event which will help inspire the next generation of aerospace. 


Morgen Jackson 
Director of Air Operations 
MODAERO Aviation Festival 

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New CJAA Safety Brief

John Lohmar, Air Safety Investigators LLC, was a featured presenter at NWOC 2017 and spoke on his "Top Ten Tips To Keep You Safe". A copy of the tips are now posted in the CJAA Safety Briefs. Click here

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New CJAA Articles

New CJAA Articles of interest to CJAA members are published frequently in the CJAA library. Click here for access.

 The most recent articles cover Cryogenic Processing and Rubber Fuel Cells.

If you have an article or suggestions for one that you believe would be helpful to CJAA members, please send us an email at 

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2017 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the members of the Classic Jet Aircraft Association will be held during the Jet Blast in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on July 22, 2017. At this meeting, we conduct all the regular annual business of the association including voting for Directors, review of association business, update to corporate governance.

Please save the date and stand by for additional details.

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NWOC 2017 Summary

NWOC was in Virginia Beach again, with a hotel that was directly under the landing pattern of the Navy’s F-18s.  Sounds of Freedom! There was good attendance after a year hiatus.   

The featured speaker was 95 years young Bud Anderson!  Bud recounted his WWII experiences, friendships, and a detailed discussion of his preferences of model of P51.  With 16 ¼ aerial victories he knows what he is talking about. Bud is still the consummate gentleman and is eager to share stories of flying, friendships, and planes.

A Saturday evening dinner was held at the beautiful airport and museum of Gerry Yagan, and extraordinary facility.  Gerry owns the beautiful newly restored Mosquito (we all know the plane).  The Mosquito was staged next to the 4800 foot grass runway for all of us to drool over.  After close up photos and inspection, we watched Bud Anderson and the pilot climb in, crank up those magnificent inlines, and taxi out and fly. It was a spectacle to behold.

Speaker, Dr. Susan Northrup, FAA,  gave a detailed discussions of physiological issues with pilots, aging, medical issues, titled “Aeromedical:  Are You Fit to Fly”. Northrup is a retired Air Force Doctor, Colonel.  Thanks for your continuing service Colonel.

John Lohmar, Air Safety Investigator, spoke about pilots self-policing and mental traps we fall into.  His top 10 tips to keep safe were enlightening.  Read up on John’s tips as they are a must read.

Doug McNair from EAA, is our direct liaison to the FAA  concerning rulemaking, legislation, and Government Advocacy.   One problematic issue is the push by the airlines to privatize the FAA and giving control of the airspace to a favored stakeholder, the airlines.  This would be devastating to general aviation, business aviation, as it would give the airlines control of who uses airports and airspace.

Congressman Sam Graves, (R) MO, joined us to give us an up close and personal look at legislation, the positives and negatives, and what the new Congress is trying to accomplish.  Sam owns and flies a T6, so he’s knowledgeable in a unique way and highly qualified to address all issues regarding the FAA.

Eric Trueblood of AirCorps Library and AirCorps Aviation demonstrated their new collection of warbird manuals. The manuals, parts, airframe, technical orders, etc, of vintage airplanes have been scanned and are searchable. If you are looking for a drawing, simply put in the part number or name of the part, the parts page will show up and link directly to the manual which shows the exploded view.  It’s an amazing resource.  Eric said that the manuals being scanned are being donated, either to keep or to scan and return. Some manuals AirCorp has completed are taken from manuals of which there is only one known copy.

Do you wonder what good a 2 D or 3D drawing can do for you when you cannot find the part?  Eric passed around to the audience an exhaust part from a P51 they made with 3D printing, taken directly from a published drawing. Made from aircraft quality stainless steel. The finished product was astounding!  It bolted directly to the exhaust manifold, all holes perfectly aligned, its face square and true.  The partgs has been fitted and run on a Merlin to verify its performance.  Inspection shows no prolems.  Eric said that the drawings of the part were fed into a scanning computer, all measurements taken and confirmed, which produced a 3D visual model for the printer.  The stainless powder was laser welded onto the base and the computer controlled a layer by layer addition to the base until two finished products were completed a day later, identical to 1/1000th of an inch (3 microns) in all axis. 

Al Silver gave his parachuting and parachute presentation again.  It is great recurrent training for all of us.  Silver interjects his very serious topic with snippets of humor that keep it interesting, no matter how many times we’ve heard his talk.

Capt. Rick Meadows, commander of NAS Oceana, gave us a talk and invitation to the air station.  Oceana is an F18 Hornet training airfield with several squadrons moving at the same time.  We toured the facility, including maintenance and tower.  If anyone has any doubts about the capabilities of our air forces and our serving member they would lose those doubts after such a tour. Frankly, these guys are a LOT more qualified, and lot better group than those of my era.  My hats are off to them.

Saturday evening’s dinner was a great success. Our evening guest speaker was Heather Penny. Many of us know Heather, both as an Air Force pilot in F16s, racer, and through her father, a guy named John Penny.  Heather’s Air Force career was pretty much normal until September 11, 2001.  Heather was on duty near Washington DC when the terrorist attack took place.  Most squadrons were “down” at the time because they had just returned from Red Flag the day earlier. From Heather’s field, 4 aircraft were finally released to cover DC with their F16s: unarmed, without rockets.  They had a limited amount of cannon ammo.  So as she and her lead ran to their respective aircraft to cover DC, her lead stated “I’ll take the cockpit, you take the tail”.  (Think about that statement for a minute).  Their normal 20 minute start and systems check was done in under 2 minutes and they were off. 

Penny was one of several people who flew cover after the attacks without missiles for offensive use. But they went up knowing their duty.  It turns out that the attacks were over, the damage done.  No pilot questioned what they had to do. They just did it.  Some of the pilots were released from high cover to do some low cover, maybe in afterburner, low altitude.  Just to tell everyone “We’re watching!”. The pilots reported great waves and cheers from the people on the ground thanking them as they flew past.  Penny says it was an honor to serve her country that day and afterward.

Penny talked about the coordination between FAA controllers and the Air Force. As all aircraft were grounded except the US military, FAA controllers were not familiar with handling military aircraft, but were given brief but detailed instructions. Penny said the controllers learned very quickly, were superb in their duties and efforts, and took over coordinating military operations as they took place. Penny said they often gave one minute instructions of what they wanted and what terminology to use, and the FAA absorbed how to move military aircraft as if they had trained for years as a specialist.  (Maybe some other unsung heroes from 911).

Saturday afternoon we broke out into groups by type, jets included.  Out group consisted of Charles Largay, A37;  Mark Johnson, Jet Provost; Kevin “Tootsie” Roll, L39, Ron Wheeldon of South Africa, Hunter and T2; and Nathan Jones, Code One Aviation L39.  Topics discussed in detail were ADS-B, 8130 and its revisions, maintenance and specific issues, ejection seats and cartridges, legislation.  A long and in depth discussion centered about pilot behavior, reckless operators, and the damage one individual can do to the entire community.  Everyone agreed such behavior could only be stopped with peer pressure and good training.  Brief, fly the brief, and debrief the flight.

Charlie Largay


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