Airport Struck By Vandals January 28
Members of EAA Chapter 172, who
discovered their clubhouse at Pea Patch airport near Blythe, GA was
vandalized the morning of January 28, didn't stand still for very
long in trying to return things to normal. Last weekend, several
chapter members got together to repaint the front of the
As ANN reported, the chapter
fell victim to vandalism in the early morning hours of January 28.
Dozens of shotgun pellets struck three planes on the field, and the
vandals spray-painted a swastika, Confederate battle flag, and
"KKK" (and, even more pervertedly in this context, a "peace" sign)
on the clubhouse used by the chapter.
Chapter members and airport users were shocked to discover the
damage. "This is almost a terrorist attack," local flyer Thomas
Whisnant said at the time. "Personally I can't understand why
someone would do that."
Chapter President Sheila Connell told the EAA they have not
heard anything from investigators regarding suspects in the case,
but they’re hoping that a reward offered by the airport
owners will persuade someone to come forward.
On Saturday, February 2, a group of members headed by Chapter
Vice President Freeman Newman worked to paint over the graffiti.
The work crew included Freeman’s father, Al, and fellow
chapter members Everette Parks, Charlie Connell (Sheila’s
husband), and Dennis and Fay Allen.
"It looks as good as new," Sheila Connell said. "I told Freeman
that he’s member of the month next month." Connell added Jim
McBurney, whose CH-801 was damaged by the gunfire, has begun work
on repairing the aircraft.