The E.A.A.Warbirds of America 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!”
E.A.A. Warbirds of America, is about the preservation of military aviation history and to tell a story. To see a warbird displayed in a museum brings a sense of wonder. But to experience the presence of a warbird with all of the senses is awe-inspiring. To touch it, to see it in flight, to experience flight, to hear the roar of the engine is nothing short of exhilarating.
That experience reminds us of the sacrifices made by veterans who flew these aircraft in combat in order for us to enjoy the freedoms-and these aircraft – we take for granted today. Those freedoms are not without cost.
Why do our members restore and fly ex-military aircraft? Why do our members go to great lengths to save one aircraft from extinction?
E.A.A. Warbirds of America
History of The E.A.A. Warbirds of America It was in Reno in 1964 that the concept of a club for warbird owners, whose members could discuss mutual problems in keeping their airplanes airborne, was conceived. Walt Ohlrich, Jr., a U.S. Navy Commander who raced an F8F Bearcat, and others on the west coast formed the Warbirds of America, Inc., which was incorporated on March 25, 1966. The original intent was for owners and operators of World War II combat aircraft only.
Membership in the first year grew dramatically, thanks to the efforts of Walt and regional presidents Jerry Walbrun, Pete Brucia and Frank Sanders. Walt Ohlrich became the first president; Pete Brucia took over in 1967 when Commander Ohlrich was assigned a combat tour in Vietnam. It was at that time that the Warbirds of America became a division of EAA. It was also in 1967 that the Warbirds of America began to include the T-6/SNJ/Harvard, so the membership ranks grew even more. As the years progressed, so did the organization. Membership increased, with enthusiasts being accepted, and additional ex-military aircraft types entered the picture as they were surplused by the armed forces and as warbirds were recovered from all over the world and made flyable again. Even the liaison aircraft were welcome and within the past decade, a major influx of jet aircraft has swelled the ranks.