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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedAeroShell Aerobatic Team Lead Pilot Injured In Home Accident
Team to perform with three planes at AirVenture
AeroShell Aerobatic Team

AeroShell Team member (l to r) Gene McNeely, Alan Henley, Steve Gustafson, and Mark Henley

EAA AirVenture visitors are used to seeing the four-airplane AeroShell Aerobatic Team during the daily air shows, but due to a freak incident Tuesday, only three of the trademark North American AT-6 Texans will perform at Oshkosh this year.

Team Lead Alan Henley was injured Tuesday night while playing with his children at his home in Birmingham, Alabama, according to a team news release. A chin-up bar gave way while Henley was on it, resulting in a fall that caused severe injuries to his neck and head, the release said. He was taken to the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital's trauma unit, and remains there in serious but stable condition.

"Our prayers are with Alan and his family, and we are hoping for him to have a speedy and full recovery," said Steve Gustafson, Left Wing. The AeroShell Team will fly a three-ship routine, with Alan's brother Mark in the lead, and Gustafson and Gene McNeely flying Wing positions.

Gustafson added that the Team would keep all appointments and autograph session commitments.

"The show must go on," Gustafson said, "Alan will be missed terribly, but we will be there flying for him until he recovers."


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