One of my pictures from 2002 of Kermit Week’s B-26 Marauder.
From the Air America Foundation Facebook page:
The Air America Foundation cannot continue to operate with the few volunteers that are left, not to mention the limited income.
This past Saturday, Larry, Cal and I voted to terminate the Foundation. This was done with great regret on the part of all three of us. But, we all feel there is no other choice.
Since we are a 501c3 non-profit organization, everything will be donated to a like entity. Therefore, after the vote, we met with Norm Daniels, commander of the Valiant Air Command museum. We offered to donate the C-123 along with all the parts, ground support equipment, tools, trailers, conex, etc. We will also donate the remainder of the Foundation’s bank account to the VAC. Mr Daniels was excited about our offer, and after consulting with his Board members the donation was accepted.
We will be maintaining the C-123 for another couple of months. The VAC will take possession following the 2017 Warbird airshow.
The C-123 is going to a good home and based on what I have seen at the museum, it will get the attention it deserves.
For me, the experience and camaraderie over the years I have been with the Foundation was very enjoyable. We’ve had some ups and downs, but overall, it has been a lot of fun.
Thanks to everyone who volunteered over the years, whether it was during the airshow or just a few hours on a Saturday. Thanks to those who followed us on this Facebook page.
Sun N Fun has released the 2017 airshow times and performers, including the warbirds. The calendar is found here. As with any airshow, performers may change due to weather, maintenance, etc so be ready for some flexibility. We will take a look at the various performers over the next couple of weeks.
Of note, on 6 April, it has been announced that over 30 P-51 Mustangs will be in the air, kind of like a mini Gathering of Legends. This is being held in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Stallion 51 being in operation.
The Valiant Air Command has posted the last two quarter newsletters for review. Click here for more.
The EAA Ford Tri-Motor will be touring Florida for the two months starting in Jacksonville this weekend and Deland next weekend. Details are found here: http://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/flight-experiences/fly-the-ford-eaa-ford-tri-motor-airplane-tour/ford-tri-motor-tour-stops
As usual, the Collings Foundation will kick off the 2017 tour by visiting various cities across Florida in January and February. Rides and walk on tour are available with prices and times found here. Looks like the B-17, B-24, B-25 and TF-51 will be touring.
Dates and locations:
Stuart Witham, Jan 20-22
Pompano Beach, Jan 23-26
Boca Raton, Jan 26-29
Marathon/Florida Keys, Jan 30-Feb 2
Naples, Feb 2-5
Punta Gorda, Feb 6-9
Ft. Myers, Feb 9-12
Tampa, Feb 13-16
Venice, Feb 16-19
Pensacola, Mar 3-5