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 …