On the Morning of April 13, 2020 at approximately 0645 a large, destructive tornado made a direct hit on the Lowcountry Regional Airport. Many of our members and friends lost aircraft during this event and many hangars were destroyed making it difficult to shelter the aircraft that remained salvageable.
The C-54 aircraft that participated in the Berlin Airlift, and was parked at the airport for maintenance, received extensive damage as it was blown into a bank of hangars almost 300 feet away from its parking spot.
Only one aircraft parked on the tarmac survived with the one corporate jet (there are usually more) that was present succumbing to the wind and being destroyed. Glen put out a "Special Edition" of the Flypaper newsletter with a map of the airport hangars and an explanation of where the damage occurred.
Please see the "Member's Photo Albums" page for a graphic display of the aircraft and hangar damage.
UPCOMING MEETING HIGHLIGHTS:
It is the decision of Chapter Leadership that all future scheduling including meetings, rallies, etc. be postponed until an as yet determined date depending on the progression of the Covid-19 pandemic. Of course this decision was not made lightly and is for the protection of our members, the youth we fly and their parents, and airport staff.
As of May 1st there is still a statewide stay at home order from State Government. As this means no gatherings, the Chapter Executive Board has made the decision not to attempt to schedule a May meeting. It is our hope that there will soon be the ability to meet, observing social distancing and wearing face coverings. Young Eagles flights are likely to be suspended for the remainder of the year, but if anything changes to cause that decision to be revisited, we will get the word out as soon as possible.
Currently all Young Eagles activities have been suspended until further notice due to the Covid-19 virus.
March 14 we held a Young Eagles Rally for youth sponsored by the Jack and Jills of America. This group is a highly educated and motivated group of youth who are required to qualify for inclusion in the sponsorship.
The numbers were a little disappointing as only 12 of the 20 that were supposed to attend showed up but everyone that flew was appreciative and had a good flight. Thank you to Doug and Ron for volunteering their aircraft, gas, time, and expertise, and to Jennette, Glen, and Connor for providing excellent ground crew duties, all attributing to another successful event.
The Start of Walterboro Wings n Wheels Air Show
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