Team Will Perform Three-Ship Show At AirVenture
It was with sadness that ANN learned Wednesday Alan Henley,
lead pilot for the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, was injured Tuesday
night in an accident while playing with his children at his home in
Birmingham, AL. A chin-up bar gave way while Henley was on it,
resulting in a fall which caused severe injuries to his neck and
Henley was taken to the University of Alabama Birmingham
Hospital's trauma unit, and remains there in ICU in serious but
"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 for the Team.
The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team is scheduled to fly at EAA's
AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI next week. "The show must go on,"
Gustafson said, "Alan will be missed terribly, but we will be there
flying for him until he recovers."
Gustafson says the Team will fly a three-ship routine, with
Alan's brother Mark in the lead, and himself and Gene McNeely
filling in the Wing positions. All Team appointments and autograph
sessions will be attended, and although Henley's absence will be
felt, Gustafson noted that the Team was obligated to their fans and
sponsors to give them what they came for.
The AeroShell Aerobatic Team is a four-ship formation aerobatic
team comprised of vintage North American AT-6 Texans.
The Team delights millions of airshow fans across the US each
year, performing at a wide variety of locations. Veteran performers
Alan Henley, Mark Henley, Steve Gustafson, and Gene McNeely form
this unique squadron of aerial acrobats that has been a crowd
favorite since 1985.
The ANN staff joins others in wishing Alan a quick return to the