The B-17 Ride Raffle Is Here!

Beginning this coming Saturday – May 5, 2018 – EAA Chapter 186 will start selling tickets at the Leaseweb Manassas Air Show for chances at winning rides on the EAA B-17, Aluminum Overcast, during her Manassas visit, October 19-21, 2018. Bring your $10 bills!

Here’s the deal. The Chapter is again raffling off two seats on the B-17. Each seat is the subject of a separate raffle, and we’re selling only 100 tickets for each seat, so your odds are pretty doggone good. If you want to take chances on winning both seats, you’ll need to buy at least one ticket in each raffle: the Red Raffle, and the Blue Raffle. (These are NOT political raffles: they refer just to the different ink colors on the tickets!)

All purchases must be made in person. We’ll sell tickets at all of our events until the tickets run out or the day of the drawing arrives, whichever comes first. We’ll have them at the Manassas Air Show, our monthly Chapter meetings, our Young Eagles rallies, our Fly-Ins and Fly-Outs, and the like; pretty much every event you see on our upcoming calendar – unless we run out of tickets midway through all that fun!

Each ticket will cost $10.00 and get you one chance to win. The two raffle winners will be drawn on Saturday afternoon, October 13, 2018 – the Saturday before the plane arrives – and I will call them personally at the telephone numbers written on the ticket stubs, or send them email if they’ve chosen to provide an email address instead of a phone number. Please make sure your writing/printing is legible! Each winner will receive an EAA gift certificate redeemable ONLY for one seat on the B-17. Please note: these can ONLY be used for rides. They CANNOT be redeemed for any cash value. If you win and feel generous, however, you can give your ride certificate to someone else.

If I can’t reach the winner at all, or if I manage to leave a voicemail or email but don’t get a response by 6:00 PM EDT Tuesday, October 16, 2018, the first winner will forfeit the prize, and I will randomly select and contact an alternate winner.

After claiming their gift certificates, each winner will be responsible for calling either Oshkosh or the B-17 Tour Coordinator (I’ll give you all the instructions) to schedule their specific ride. The tickets aren’t for preassigned days or times; they’ll be usable for any of the three days – Friday 10/19, Saturday 10/20, or Sunday 10/21 – the plane will be flying in Manassas. The sooner you call, the more flight choices you’ll have. Be advised, some flights may already be fully booked by the time we do the raffle drawing. It all depends on how many people are buying rides in advance online!

If something interferes with your flight actually happening – say the day you choose and schedule is Sunday, and the weather just doesn’t cooperate – you’re not out of luck; you can transfer the certificate to another tour stop, or even to next year’s Oshkosh. You just can’t redeem it for cash, or anything other than a flight.

So the real question is, Do you feel lucky?

And the second question is, Are you coming to the Manassas Air Show, and all Chapter events?

Mary Dominiak
B-17 Coordinator

EAA Chapter 186 Spring Fly-In at KHEF

When: May 26th, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: Manassas Regional Airport (KHEF), West Ramp, EAA 186 Chapter House (near the tower)

Admission is FREE!

You’re invited to attend the EAA Chapter 186 Spring Fly-In at the Manassas Regional Airport! The EAA 186 Fly-In allows the public to get up close and personal with pilots who build and fly their own planes, tour display aircraft, and to talk directly with pilots and restorers of military and antique aircraft.

The event will feature:
• Pancake breakfast
• Several forums beginning at 10:00 am
• Burgers and hot dogs for lunch on the deck overlooking the airport
• Aircraft display area including homebuilts and other unique aircraft
• Fly-Mart

Forum Schedule:
10:00-11:00 “The Remora System Head Mounted Avionics Display – Winners of EAA’s 2017 Founder’s Innovation Award” presented by Thomas Baron and the Remora Team
11:30-12:30 “The Different Light Sport Maintenance Requirements” presented by Dick Koehler (of EAA’s Hints For Homebuilders, EAA SportAir Workshops, etc.)
1:00-2:00 “Flying to the Bahamas” presented by Bob Hepp of Aviation Adventures and Bob Haase, EAA Chapter 186 member

Some aircraft on display:
RV-12 — Dennis Crider
Shark UL — Jon Baron
GS-1 Glastar — Scott Bradley
Lancair 360 — Danny Miller
Cessna Skymaster 337 — Gene Petit
Lancair IV-P — Bob Pastusek
Harmon Rocket — Tim Carey
O2-A — Chris Mayer

Young Eagles Flights:
Youths between 8 and 17 can sign up for a FREE Young Eagle flight at our July 14th rally with the goal of creating a lifelong interest in aviation and related fields. We only have 30 seats available for that rally, so be sure to sign up early!

Enter to Win a Flight on Our EAA B-17, the Aluminum Overcast!
Our Chapter is raffling off two seats on the B-17 at the Fly-In. Each seat is the subject of a separate raffle, and we’re selling only 100 tickets for each seat, so your odds are pretty doggone good. Each ticket will cost $10.00 and get you one chance to win. Click here for more information:

Fly-In Traffic:
• Complete the FAA’s Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) training.
• Follow the SFRA procedures outlined here.
• Manassas Regional Airport is 5 miles inside the SFRA and is easily accessible via the FLUKY or BRV (Brook) gates.
• Upon initial contact with Manassas Tower, advise that you would like parking on the West Ramp.

Drive-In Traffic: Take Virginia Route 28 (Nokesville Rd.) to Piper Lane (at the Wawa). Follow Piper Lane to the parking lot at the end. Do not park in spaces marked for FAA employees.

There’s plenty of space to park your plane or car, so fly-in or come by car and stay for the whole event. Admission is FREE!

A Hero Walked Among Us

Owen Charles (OC, aka Mad Dog) Baker, Col., USMC (Ret.), 1932 – 2018. OC died on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Fairfax Hospital with family members by his side, a resident of Fairfax, VA at the time. OC was born in Breckenridge, MN in 1932 and attended school in So. St. Paul.

OC was a retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel who began his career as an enlisted man. He spent three years as an aviation structural technician on the R5D (C-54) before receiving an appointment to the US Naval Academy. After graduating with distinction in 1957 as a Marine Second lieutenant, he was commissioned in the Marine Corps and began flight training. His lifelong dream of flying was realized after getting his wings of gold from Pensacola. He was able to follow that dream for the next 60 years through flying to defend his country and as a hobby with good friends before and after retirement. He flew the FJ-4B Fury, the first Navy jet designed to carry a nuclear weapon and launch from an aircraft carrier. He then flew the A-4 Skyhawk, the A-6 Intruder, and the A-7 Corsair II. Later, he transitioned into rotary wing aircraft and flew the H-46 during the Vietnam War.

Known as OC “Mad Dog” Baker, he conducted many heroic exploits, such as inserting and extracting Special Forces teams behind enemy lines. He did this in spite of heavy enemy gunfire directed at his helicopter. He also helped the Marine Corps evaluate the VX-15, a forerunner to the Osprey rotorcraft. OC served his country with distinction, most notably in Vietnam, but it was tough to get him to talk about those accomplishments. His various service medals included the Navy Unit Commendation, Distinguished Flying Cross with Gold Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” and Gold Star and 32 Air Medals.

OC married Barbara Jean Wash in 1958 and they spent the next 29 years raising their daughters in various military posts and communities. Barbara’s favorite tour of duty was the Monterey Peninsula, where OC earned a Masters Degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School.

OC finished his distinguished military career at the Pentagon as a systems procurement specialist. After retirement, he worked several defense and civilian jobs including the Bell Helicopter company.

As a CFI with Bachelors and Masters degrees in aeronautical engineering, OC was a prolific writer on a variety of aviation subjects from aerodynamics to FAA rules. He often wrote letters to the editors of Sport Aviation and Kit Plane magazines and providing educational comments on the Matronics and DC Pilots websites as well as emails regarding the same. In all cases, his inputs were well-referenced statements of fact to clarify information for the flying community.

After complete retirement, he was active in the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 186 where the friendships and expertise helped him realize his dream of building and flying his own plane. A stalwart supporter of Chapter and airport activities, OC Baker served on our Board of Directors for many years. In addition, he was the secretary of the Manassas (45 unit) hangar condominium association, helping the Chapter board stay in touch with airport and tenant issues. Most outstanding was his role regarding our corporate hangar sale. Not only did he stay on
top of all the maintenance issues (including structural, insect control, incorrect billing by the utility company, and tenant liaison), but he provided valuable paralegal support. When the real estate lawyer requested seventeen separate documents regarding the hangar, the airport, the condominium association, utility and tax information, it was OC who spent scores of hours pulling all of this information together, saving us thousands of dollars in lawyer research fees that made the sale possible.

He also volunteered for such unglamorous jobs as airport security, airport liaison, tool crib manager, and facility maintenance manager. At our fall flyins, OC typically helped with airport landscape cleanup and then worked a double shift on the flight line. OC was a part of every Chapter House or hangar cleanup project, and he coordinated the repair of Chapter owned facilities.

In 2003, OC completed a homebuilt KIS TR-1 that he flew for many years. Having this experience as a homebuilder, he was very helpful in encouraging other members of the Chapter in solving their project problems. In December 2013, for his continuous Chapter support, OC was selected as our 11th George Lutz Memorial Service winner.

OC is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 59 years, their two daughters, Claudia Schlagheck (James) and Janet Smith (Patrick); four grandchildren, Joseph (SJ) and Aaron Schlagheck and Alexandra and Coriston Smith. He was preceded in death by daughter, Ann Douglas Baker.

He will be forever remembered for his love of family, patriotism, and passion for the skies. Burial at Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation – 909 N Washington St, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA, or a charity of your choice.

OC lived his credo, “The best investment we can make is the time and effort to gather and understand knowledge.” EAA Chapter 186 was truly lucky to have him as a member and contributor, and all will dearly miss him. A brick will be placed on EAA Memorial Wall in his honor.

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:

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 …

Big Bomber BBQ!

Once again Our chapter will host a catered deck BBQ during the B-17 visit — Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Ranch Beans, Buns and a Drink. Prices are $15 to general public and $10 for B-17 Volunteers. Be sure to reserve your seat early so we can get a head estimate for ordering food and have enough tables set up. Come meet and Greet with the B-17 Pilots and Crew!


Here are the details:

Friday, September 29, 2017
6:00pm to 9:00pm
EAA 186 Chapter House deck
Manassas Regional Airport (KHEF)
10629 Observation Road Manassas, VA 20110

If paying by PayPal: You can pay by PayPal when you make an online reservation. just following the instructions.
If paying by check: After you make an online reservation, please make checks payable to EAA Chapter 186 and mail to:
EAA Chapter 186
Attention: Dan Botzer
10629 Observation Road
Manassas, VA 20110

No matter how you purchase your ticket, an online reservation is REQUIRED: Since this is a catered event, we must have an accurate head count in advance.


More info? Contact Sande Miller-Long

Fly the B-17 – Manassas Tour Stop!

B-17 FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: Sept 29 – October 1, 2017 MANASSAS, VA

Join us for an unforgettable experience aboard one of the few remaining airworthy B-17s in the world. You won’t want to miss Aluminum Overcast when it visits an airport near you!

Climb aboard the 65,000-lb. B-17 bomber and step back in time to the World War II era.

Feel the might of this magnificent flying machine as it soars through the sky on your mission flight where you’ll discover why it’s called the Flying Fortress.

Stand in the footsteps of the bombardier, the navigator, and the waist gunner and relive history by experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly in one of World War II’s most vital and magnificent aircraft.

People of all ages will appreciate the history associated with this airplane that helped the Allies achieve victory. We invite families to visit and learn all about our aircraft and our organization

Revenues from the B-17 tour help cover maintenance and operations costs for the aircraft and aid our ambition to “keep ’em flying” for many years to come. Our tour stops are also hosted by volunteers who are passionate about sharing the B-17’s stories.

Tour Stop: Manassas Regional Airport (KHEF), Manassas, VA

Date: Friday, September 29, 2014
Flight Experiences: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m.
Book a Friday Flight
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2014
Flight Experiences: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m.
Book a Saturday Flight
Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Flight Experiences: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m.
Book a Sunday Flight

Ground Tours
2-5 p.m. (unless noted), weather permitting
$10: Individual Rate
$20: Family Rate (adults/children up to 17)
Free: Children under 8 (with paying adult)
Free: Veterans / Active Military

Mission Flights (weather permitting)
$409: EAA Members
$449: Nonmembers

$435: EAA Members
$475: Nonmembers

*** All passengers must check in at the B17 trailer one hour prior to the scheduled flight time.

Volunteers Needed for B-17 Visit!

We need Chapter members to volunteer to help out with the upcoming visit to Manassas of the B-17 on September 28 through October 1, 2017. We’re looking for help with both aircraft operations and the EAA 186 Grill. For Friday night, when we’re planning on hosting the Big Bomber BBQ at the Chapter House, we’ll also need some help to set up tables, chairs, and tents, and to clean up after the dinner ends.

The B-17 will be arriving early. She was originally due in on Wednesday, September 27, but the midweek stop prior to ours fell through; we’re expecting her to arrive around late morning or noonish on Monday, September 25, 2017. All she’ll do then is park and go to sleep, so we don’t expect to need any more help than I can provide. Still, if you’d like to be on hand to say hello and possibly help crew members get to where they need to go, let me know by dropping a line to

Thursday, 9/28 (Media day)

Thursday is a quiet day for the B-17: her only scheduled operation is the media flight (maybe two, if we’re lucky and get a lot of interest!) in the afternoon. Apart from media, she won’t be open for flights or ground tours, and while media folk are welcome to buy souvenir items, the merchandise trailer usually isn’t put into full operation.

We will need a few people on hand from about 12:30 PM until 3:30 PM to help greet media representatives, escort them to the trailer to get checked in for the media flight, assist in aircraft boarding and deplaning, and handle (very small) crowd control to keep visitors to the ramp safe both during and after the media flight operations. We’ll be setting up stanchions and cones to define visitor areas and set off the operating ramp for the remainder of the visit. Three or four volunteers are likely all we’ll need with the bomber for Thursday.

Friday Through Sunday, 9/29-10/1/2017

B-17 volunteers will be needed each day beginning around 8:00 AM until about 5:30 or 6:00 PM. Flight operations with the B-17 usually begin at 9:00 with pre-flight preparation, but we already know this year will be a bit different: we already sold out all the usual Saturday flights (10:00, 11:00, 12:00, and 1:00), so Oshkosh is starting to sell a 9:00 AM Saturday flight! Since passengers are requested to report an hour before their flight time, that means we’ll have at least one early morning when we’re expecting guests to arrive at 8:00 AM. That is NOT typical; Friday and Sunday are likely to be sleepy until 9:00, so volunteers wouldn’t need to be quite so early.

Ground tours usually begin about half an hour after the last flight of the day lands. We advertise ground tours from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, but they could start earlier if we have fewer flights, as often happens on Friday, so we need to have ground tour volunteers available before 2:00.

We need two people in each shift from Friday through Sunday willing to work in the merchandise trailer. This is the one position that has a learning curve, so it would be best if we could have volunteers who could handle full-day shifts in the trailer. The ideal would be two people willing to work all three days, but we know that’s hard. The B-17 tour coordinators need to count up the cash we take in each day; our math has to add up for our Chapter to look good!

It would be a big help if we could have a couple of volunteers each day willing to work inside the terminal building, one at our EAA Chapter 186 table to greet visitors, direct them to the ramp, and talk about EAA, our Chapter, and our various activities, including Young Eagles. The B-17 visit is always a great opportunity to gain new members and raise the Chapter’s visibility! The second indoor volunteer would man the door to the ramp, using a gate card to open the door for visitors going out or coming in without setting off the alarm. We always ask the airport if they’d be willing to deactivate the door alarm, but the usual answer is no, so – the most boring position (sorry about that!) is inevitably carding the terminal door.

The other non-merchandise ground crew volunteer duties in each shift vary depending on whether the plane is involved in flight operations (usually from 9:00 until 1:30) or in ground tours (from after the last flight until the end of the day, usually from 2:00 until 5:30). In each shift, we always need at least three ground crew volunteers, and particularly during ground tour operations, we need at least five. We can always make use of a few extra staff! If you enjoy getting your hands dirty, sign up for afternoon shifts – you could help clean the plane! When we transition from flight to ground tour operations, we need people to help move stanchions and cones to redefine the safe areas on the ramp.

During flight operations – typically in the morning – our ground crew volunteers handle crowd control and assist in getting people on and off the plane. Volunteers are asked to help carry the stairs to and from the plane, handle the chocks, and keep ramp visitors in safe areas.

During ground tours on the B-17, we need at least three volunteers dedicated to helping people on and off the plane, guarding the cockpit, and helping folk understand what they’re seeing throughout the plane. Are you an aviation history buff who can talk knowledgeably about the plane and answer questions? Consider volunteering particularly for the afternoons, when ground tours are usually in full swing! We need at least two additional volunteers to handle crowd control, because people tend to wander out of bounds looking for good photo angles, and if there are a lot of people in line, we’ll need to keep that line organized.

As always when you’re flying planes, weather and mechanical issues can throw curveballs. Normally, we plan to do ground tours each afternoon, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons are our biggest crowd turnout times – but those plans can change. Flexibility in scheduling is a prized commodity! We ask for your phone numbers so we can reach you if we need to adapt to changing circumstances.

EAA 186 Grill: Saturday and Sunday, 9/30 and 10/1

During the weekend’s busiest days, we’re planning on having the Grill operating to sell food and drinks to our visitors. This is always a good money-maker for the Chapter, so having cooks and cashiers is vital! Please take a shift to help our bottom line for the event. If you’d be willing to help out on Friday, just in case we have enough visitors to warrant opening the Grill, drop me a line at

Our sign-up lists for all the shifts are on our Volunteer page on the website; drop on by and sign up for the times you can work! We’re just one month away from the start of our mission, so – join the flight!

BTW, any and all Chapter volunteers are eligible to sign up for the repositioning flight on Monday, October 2, 2017, from Manassas to Hickory, NC. Depending on weather conditions and the comfort level of the pilot in command, ferry flight passengers sometimes get the opportunity to take the yoke and earn some B-17 left-seat time, so bringing your logbooks is definitely in order! Ferry passengers are responsible for arranging their own transport back to Manassas; folk usually split the cost of a rental car. Repositioning flights are always dependent on weather, mechanical, and crew travel conditions, so the date and time of the flight are subject to change on vanishingly short notice; scheduling flexibility is a requirement. We can typically name up to 8 passengers, although that isn’t guaranteed; it depends on how many crew or additional cargo EAA may need to reposition along with the plane. Our Chapter practice in the past has been to give priority to active Chapter volunteers who haven’t previously had the opportunity to make ferry flights, and I’d like to continue that. If you’d like to toss your hat in the ring for the ferry flight, please drop me a line at, including the information about whether you’ve ferried before, and I’ll start assembling the list of potentials. If we wind up with more potential riders than we have seats, I’ll use a randomized computer program to pick the final winners.

I thank you all in advance; Oshkosh loves Manassas because all of YOU make this such a fabulous stop for both the plane and her crew!

The B-17 Ride Raffle Is Here!

EAA Chapter 186 is raffling off two seats on the WWII B-17 Aluminum Overcast during her visit to the Manassas Regional Airport September 29-October 1, 2017. The Chapter is a 501(c)(3) charitable educational organization, and all proceeds from the raffle will support Chapter activities. We can’t handle online sales, but tickets will be available in person (until they run out, that is!) at each of our upcoming Chapter events, including:

9/9/2017: Young Eagles Rally at Manassas Chapter House, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
9/16-17/2017: EAA Chapter 186 tent and aircraft display at Joint Base Andrews Open House
9/23/2017: EAA Chapter 186 tent at American Aviation Open House, Manassas Regional Airport

Check the EAA Chapter 186 online calendar for event details.

We will sell only 100 raffle tickets for each of the two seats, so the odds of winning are way better than most sweepstakes. Each ticket costs $10.00. If you were to buy that same ride on-site, the price would be $475.00 for anyone not already a member of EAA, or $435.00 for EAA members, so this drawing is a steal!

The drawings for each seat will be conducted separately, so each ticket you buy will be good for only one of the two drawings. Winning tickets will be drawn at random on Sunday, September 24, 2017, and winners will be contacted by phone that day. If a winner does not respond to that notification by 6:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 to arrange to claim their ride certificate, that first winner will forfeit the prize, and a second drawing will identify an alternate winner.

Each winner will be required to contact the EAA B-17 tour to schedule their winning ride; instructions will be provided when the winning certificates are claimed. The certificates will be redeemable for any available seat on any of the Manassas flight days. Be advised, some individual flights will have sold out by the time the prize drawing occurs. If the flight a winner schedules gets cancelled – for example, if weather doesn’t cooperate, or if some mechanical or other issue interferes – that winning certificate could be transferred to a flight at a different stop on the current B-17 tour, or even to a B-17 flight at Oshkosh during AirVenture 2018.

Please note that no certificate or raffle ticket is redeemable for cash; the only prizes are seats on B-17 flights.

If you couldn’t afford to pay for a ride and want to take a chance on winning one, come to one of our events with $10.00 in hand; you could win!

We’re Number 4!

From the new Young Eagles 25th Anniversary display in the EAA Museum.