Sunday, April 22, 2012

Love Warbirds? Contact Your Congressional Representative NOW!


It seems Rep. Michael Turner of Ohio wants to prevent people from flying vintage military aircraft. From the EAA:


EAA and the Warbirds of America are joining with the Commemorative Air Force, Collings Foundation, and other warbird groups in opposition of a proposed amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310) that could have a devastating effect on the fleet of civilian-operated historic military aircraft.

The amendment introduced by Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) 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. The amendment would preclude the aircraft from being loaned to private individuals, associations, or museums where there is any intent of flying the historic vintage warbirds, even at air shows or demonstrations of support for veterans.

Military branches such as the U.S. Air Force often do not donate aircraft to private groups outright; they instead "loan" them under a Defense Department provision, Section 2572 of Title 10, to individuals and groups for indefinite periods. These private individuals and groups usually restore and operate the aircraft at their own expense to demonstrate these pieces of flying history to events such as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.


full article

If you enjoy seeing vintage military aircraft fly, and if you appreciate the ability of private individuals to restore and fly them, you need to help. Do your part, and spend two minutes to voice your opinion.

Step One: Find your representative. You can easily find him/her here.

Step Two: Write a quick note. Here's my letter. Feel free to copy and paste part or all of it:

Hello,


I am writing to you today to urge you to oppose Michael Turner's amendment to H.R.4310.


This amendment 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.


As I'm sure you know, vintage aircraft inspire and educate adults and children alike. They provide a tangible connection to our aviation history. Experiencing an authentic WWII "warbird" flying past at an airshow enables us to see, hear, and feel a piece of history. 


These aircraft should be allowed to be restored, owned, and flown by dedicated private individuals. These people work hard to share their artifacts with the rest of the country, and I view them as stewards of U.S. history.


So when Rep. Turner's amendment is proposed, please voice your opposition and encourage others to follow suit. To ground vintage aircraft is to lock up and silence decorated war veterans, preventing them from sharing their stories and inspiring others. It is just wrong.


Thank you for your time.


And thank YOU for reading!

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