Friends of the Wing,
This year Oshkosh is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan. Dick Cole, who is now 101 and the only living survivor, is expected to be at Oshkosh. The EAA has invited us, along with other B-25s to participate in the event, which includes a 16 plane flyover comprised of the B-25s.
The wing initially declined the invitation due to the costs involved, mainly the fuel and oil expenses for the flight. The other mitigating factors were the costs of the repairs to the Yellow Rose following the incident at Dallas in 2016, and the replacement of 4 cylinders on the right engine.
We were then notified during the 2nd week of June about an anonymous sponsor who would cover our fuel and oil costs. With that information, the wing staff decided to commit the Yellow Rose for Oshkosh. We also decided to join up with the CAF Airpower Tour in Kankakee, Illinois in the days preceding Oshkosh, to sell rides and merchandise to further help offset the cost of the trip to Oshkosh.
Friday afternoon July, 7th we were notified that the sponsor had withdrawn their commitment to pay the fuel and oil costs for the Yellow Rose. No explanation was given. This development was discussed during the wing staff meeting on Saturday, July 8th. During the meeting it was announced that another anonymous donor had come forward and pledged $5000 to offset our costs for the trip. The Operations Officer had determined that our operation costs for Oshkosh would be $13,600.
The wing staff voted and approved to honor our commitment of the Yellow Rose to Oshkosh, even with an operating deficit of $8600.
The Yellow Rose departs for Kankakee, Illinois on July 20th and will be at Oshkosh from July 23rd thru July 30th.
We are reaching out to our friends for donations to help mitigate our $8600 shortfall. The donation levels are $10, $25, $50 and $100.
Thanks in advance for your support in this endeavor, and we’ll see you at Oshkosh!