Dear Members, Friends and Family,
There's some good news from Green County, Dayton, Ohio.
With reasonably limited resources, Dylan has managed to repair his DH115 Vampire to a state of air worthiness. The rudders and vertical fins were quite badly damaged but, by spending the entire Monday on it, he managed to get it back together. On Tuesday he test flew the aircraft with great success - so Dylan is back in the competition. At the time of writing, he is in the queue to enter the static part of the competition.
As Mark's aircraft is completely broken and unrepairable, our friends from Team America offered Mark a Skymaster F16 painted in the red,white and blue centenary colours to fly in the competition. This aircraft does have limited documentation, having been flown at Top Gun this year. Mark has managed to put a couple of test flights on the aircraft today.
This is obviously not ideal, considering two years familiarity with the Vampire. We are very grateful to Tommy Yeates the (Team USA Manager) who made this offer on behalf of Scott Harris, whose back-up aircraft it was.
As for Francois, his aircraft also being beyond repair, has taken himself and Sarah, with their supporters away for a break.
Official flying starts tomorrow, Thursday afternoon, but we do not expect any results until completion of round one.
Dylan has promised to put some pics on the SAMJA web page.
Thank you for all the well-wishes and interest, we really appreciate it.
Marthinus JF Potgieter