Between 17 and 27 March 2010, a group of 6 people went to Chile on the 4Aviation tour.
The preparations for the trip to Chile went very smoothly. The prospects were very good, the bi-annual FIDAE air show, the 80th Anniversary flypast of the Air Force and several airfields and W&R locations were scheduled to be visited. Unfortunately the immense earthquake on 27 February 2010, literally caused a big stir. You can imagine the local authorities had other things on their mind than to host a couple of Dutch aviation enthusiasts.
Some time after the large quake, and several aftershocks, we contacted our people in Chile, and most were very cooperative. So, we decided not to cancel the trip, which was already virtually impossible because of the airline tickets we had purchased. The team members were informed and everybody was very spirited to head south.
On Wednesday 17 March 2010, Joris and Marco flew to Madrid early as they wanted to have a look at some of the local airfields. They were joined by Erwin, who was not a part of our tour, but he was on the same flight. A few hours later, the other members (Eddy, Hans and Lucien) joined in and all awaited the very early flight to Chile.