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.
member (l to r) Gene McNeely, Alan Henley, Steve Gustafson, and
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."