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- 03/14/20: Because of the coronavirus spreading across the world, the Australian War Memorial has postponed the 27 March 2020 Unveiling of its USAF OV-10 FAC aircraft No. 639 to a date yet to be decided. It will be the only USAF aircraft in the AWM collection; but there are other US manufactured aircraft in the collection.
I will keep you informed. Cheers,
Tamale 15 (O-1) / Sidewinder 23 (OV-10)
Restored OV-10 #639 then (2001) and now.
- 03/12/2020: From the FACNET: On 27 March, the Australian War Memorial will dedicate OV-10 #639 which has been renovated for display. This has been a 10 year project.
Our Aussie brothers have put together a great dedication ceremony and dinner to mark the occasion. As one of many of us on this net, I personally flew this aircraft, and planned to go down to the event. I had my tickets and hotel reservations. However this whole dust up with the COVID-19 forced me to reconsider, and after a bunch of study and consideration as a 72 y/o with some medical issues, I decided, reluctantly, that it was prudent for me to cancel.
My primary concern was that if I was somehow exposed while down there, I would have to go into quarantine for an indeterminate time in a foreign country. Perhaps that sounds a bit paranoid, but I would be in a country with different laws, medical programs, and customs, and a long way from home.
Needless to say, the Tom Hanks announcement just a few hours after I made my decision, just reinforced my action.
When I called to cancel my airline tickets, I asked the agent how bad it was. He said that for the last two days, all he had been doing was cancelling reservations for airline trips, cruises, conventions, seminars, Disney World, etc.
Seems we may have a bit more to go through in all of this before it turns around.
- 10/06/2019: FREE FLU SHOTS! for veterans at your local Walgreens Drug store.
- 10/06/2019: Beginning January 2020, the VA will share your health records with health providers without obtaining your specific authorization. However, there is an opt out provision. To understand the details click on HEALTH RECORDS!.