I'm perusing various EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) newsletters and stumbled across one that makes you scratch your head.
EAA Chapter 7 wanted the EAA's B-17 to stop in Long Beach, Calif. Don Thompson, the president of the chapter, says he was told the B-17, instead, is going to Torrance instead, as part of an exclusive contract with an organization that is not affiliated with the EAA.
Read about it in the chapter's February newsletter.
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Hi, Bob. Dick Knapinski here from EAA HQ. I fear you might be working on incomplete information with your posting regarding the B-17 schedule.
There are several stops in southern California who request the B-17 for an appearance each year. They are scheduled so to best alternate them every other year. There is no "exclusive contract" or anything else. Of course, among factors considered are number of stops in the vicinity, EAA chapter or group support of the stop, airport specifications, whether the aircraft will be in that region, and other items. About 90 percent of the stops are made in conjunction with EAA chapters, although there are EAA members within other aviation groups who have worked closely with the organization that are also considered.
Long Beach is certainly among locations under considerations for the 2010 tour, although no final decisions have been made.
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