The condition of Aeroshell Team Lead Alan Henley is guarded after several surgeries and some deterioration of his general health since his fall from a chinning bar last Tuesday. In a blog posted on the Aeroshell Web site last night, his wife Jennifer says that while the affable team lead is determined to beat the partial paralysis that resulted from the broken vertebrae in his neck, he's facing immediate surgery to prevent blood clots from entering his lungs and heart. Meanwhile, the rest of the team is determined to go on with their shows at EAA AirVenture next week and that includes the practice flight with a lucky winner from AVweb in the rear seat of one of the beautiful T-6s.
AVweb staff have spoken with team members since the accident and they've assured us that the three-ship performance will go as planned. In a contest that's attracted thousands of entrants in just a few days, new subscribers to AVweb or current subscribers who introduce their friends to the site get their names entered to win a backseat ride with the team during a practice session.