Hurricane Matthew check ins

Update, 11 Oct from the VAC folks: In case you were wondering, yes we’re open for business! The museum sustained only minor damage, our entire collection including our outdoor statics made it through the hurricane unscathed and we have power.

Florida Warbirds made it through the Hurricane OK.

Stallion 51, Warbird Adventures, Kissimmee Air Museum all are in good shape. No reports of damage to any other venues or personal aircraft.

Fantasy of Flight was some water damage to some of the office spaces.

No news on the Valiant Air Command museum yet. They may be without power as the county they are in got hit hard with winds.

American Aero Services had some damage to one of the hangars. The main restoration hangar is OK according to Gary Norville.

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VAC Museum closed on Thursday and Friday due to Hurricane Matthew

From the Valiant Air Command Facebook page:

“********* Due to deteriorating weather conditions from the hurricane the Museum will be closed this Thursday Oct. 6th and Friday Oct. 7 we will reopen on Saturday Oct. 8th at 9AM ****************

The Fly-in Breakfast scheduled for Saturday Oct. 8 is also cancelled!!”


Liberty Foundation touring B-17 “Madras Maiden” in 2017

The following has been released by the Liberty Foundation and I hope that Florida is on the calendar.

The Liberty Foundation will begin our 2017 Salute to Veterans tour in February. This year will mark a change in aircraft as we will now be touring the B-17 “Madras Maiden” formerly known as “Chuckie”. It is painted up in the markings of the 381st Bomb Group.

This B-17, built in 1944, has never toured or been available to the public for flight experiences. We look forward to bringing this aircraft to as many cities as possible in 2017.

More details to follow so please check back soon.

photo credit: Philip Makanna