UPDATE! Young Eagles Rally rescheduled for Dec 16

yesFree Flights for kids ages 8-17. This rally is open to the public. 25 seats. Parents must be present to sign permission slip.

EAA 186 Chapter House
10629 Observation Road Manassas, VA 20110
NOTE: If the ramp resurfacing at the Chapter House is not finished, this rally will be held at the Manassas Airport Terminal

Contact Sande Miller-Long for more info:
vicepresident@eaa186.org

Pre-Registration now open!

Hurricane Irma Affects B-17 Tour

Alas, we must cancel the special B-17 history presentation that was scheduled at the Chapter House for 7:00-9:00 PM Tuesday evening, September 26, 2017. Hurricane Irma scored a direct hit on Naples, FL with 142 mph winds, and Naples is the home of Tom Ewing, one of our B-17 pilots. Tom and his family are all fine, but his house sustained damage when windows blew out, and word from the airport – which Tom still hasn’t been able to reach and inspect in person, given the flooding, power outages, and road closures – is that part of his hangar collapsed. As I write this, the status of his two beautiful airplanes remains unknown.

Needless to say, Tom will not be flying the B-17 on tour for a while as he picks up the pieces, so he won’t be in Manassas to present his talk. He sent his abject apologies for canceling on us, and I told him not to worry about us!

Oshkosh has already juggled pilot schedules to cover the tour. Another of our pilots, Shawn Knickerbocker, is also based in Florida, but his damages were limited to downed branches, so he’ll be on-site as expected with John Bode. Sean Elliott from HQ will be replacing Tom on the inbound leg. Finally, I promise to share any news from Tom! In the meantime, send good thoughts south …

Young Eagles at Culpeper Remembrance Days

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EAA 186 Young Eagles High Flyers Emma Bone, David Day, Tamara Wheater

Although the Culpeper Remembrance Days Young Eagles Rally was a flop due to weather, the EAA 186 Young Eagle High Flyers were able to pass along YE information to people who came out to the airport. The photo was also taken for the newspaper for Culpeper Remembrance Days.

Look To The Skies: WWII Airplanes Fly Again!

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At the beginning of May 2015, watch the northern Virginia skies: World War II bombers and fighters are coming to DC, Manassas and Culpeper. On Friday May 8, 2015, the 70th anniversary of V-E Day – commemorating the end of the war in Europe – they’ll fly together in historic group formations directly over the Washington, DC Mall.

The best place to see the flyover will be from the Mall itself. The planes will approach from the north down the Potomac River, bank to the left just past the Lincoln Memorial, fly east along the Independence Avenue side of the Mall directly over the WWII Memorial and just south of Capitol Hill, then bank to the right to fly back to the river to return to Virginia. The first planes are expected to arrive over DC beginning about noon. Because the planes will be flying directly over DC, the Secret Service won’t permit any public access to the planes at the Manassas and Culpeper airports on Thursday or Friday, May 7 and 8, 2015. If bad weather forces a postponement, the flyover would take place on Saturday, May 9. The flyover website is http://ww2flyover.org/.

But the flyover isn’t the only opportunity for people to see these planes. Some of the early arrivals, including the B-17 Texas Raider, a four-engine bomber, will be on static display from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Manassas Airshow on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Admission to the airshow is free. Complete information on the airshow is at http://manassasairshow.com/. Raider will be selling rides and tours at Manassas on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 3, 5, and 6; booking information is available on the airplane’s website at http://b17texasraiders.org/.

The other three big bombers participating in the flyover will be open for cockpit tours at the Manassas Regional Airport from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday, May 9, through Wednesday, May 13. The daily admission fee of $15 for adults 18 and over and $5 for students from 6 through 17 (children 5 and under are free) includes the opportunity to go aboard and walk through all three bombers on the ground, including Fifi, the only B-29 still flying; Diamond Lil, the oldest remaining B-24 (like the plane featured in the film Unbroken); and Aluminum Overcast, a B-17G built in 1945.

All three bombers at Manassas will also be selling rides, so visitors to the airport may get the chance to see them starting engines, taking off, and flying. Their flight schedules will depend on the demand for seats. Links to book rides on each of the planes are on the airport’s website at http://www.manassascity.org/airportevents. Some of the smaller aircraft from the flyover will also be part of the Manassas display, including Gunfighter, a P-51 fighter plane; the only flying SB2C Hell Diver, a Navy dive bomber; and the twin-engine Bucket of Bolts C-45 Expeditor, a multi- engine trainer used for light cargo and as a VIP transport aircraft during the war. Rides on the smaller planes will also be available for purchase.

A variety of the other planes participating in the flyover will be on static display from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, near Dulles Airport. The ground display at the Smithsonian is free, but vehicle parking costs $15. Information on the “Fly-In to Victory Day” event is on the Smithsonian website at http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=16029.

So head over to the Mall, the Manassas Regional Airport, and the Udvar-Hazy Center in May to experience a bit of World War II history in the most up close and personal way possible!

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The Arsenal of Democracy, which organized the DC Flyover; the Commemorative Air Force, which owns and operates the B-29, B-24, B-17 Texas Raider, P-51, C-45, and Hell Diver aircraft; and the Experimental Aircraft Association, which owns and operates the B-17 Aluminum Overcast, are all charitable 501(c)(3) organizations dedicated to education and the preservation of history.

Culpeper Young Eagles Rally – Fuel discount

Hi everyone,

Neil Milofsky (Culpeper Ops) mentioned to me that they would be giving all Young Eagle pilots flying Young Eagles on April 19, 2015 (Sunday) a $0.20 discount per gallon with Avfuel @ KCJR.

The tail numbers would be needed, therefore if you are flying Young Eagles please send us an email so that we know who is coming and also, for Neil to pass it on to his guys.

Pilots and Ground Crew sign up here: EAA 186 Culpeper YE Rally
Kids between 8-17 who want a free flight: EAA 186 Culpeper Pre-Registration

Thank you all, look forward to seeing you all out at Culpeper on April 19,2015

John & Lucy Bone
EAA Chapter 186
Culpeper Liaisons
Young Eagle Coordinators/Culpeper
EAA186.JLEBONE@outlook.com

Once you have TASTED FLIGHT, you will forever walk with the earth with your eyes turned skyward,
FOR THERE YOU HAVE BEEN, and there you will always LONG TO RETURN
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-LEONARDO DA VINCI

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