What can we say about our first tour to the USA in 2020? Due to the COVID-19/Corona virus the events in the world changed very fast. Just days before the tour two of our Italian guests had to cancel because they could not leave their country. Despite an upcoming ban on flights from Europe to the US, the majority of the rest of the group wanted to go, so we decided to go ahead. As soon as they touched down in the USA the airshows scheduled at NAF El Centro, MCAS Yuma and Luke AFB were cancelled. The plans were altered and the group still had a great time until it was time to get them back home a couple of days earlier than originally planned.
Additional photos; Colin Boyd
On Thursday 12 March 12 2020, ten travellers arrived at Schiphol Airport, woken up with the news that US President Trump had decided to ban flights from Europe (except the United Kingdom, among others) from Friday night because of the Corona virus. After a short flight from Schiphol to London-Heathrow, three more British travellers joined. Not entirely confident about a good outcome, four participants decided to return home from Heathrow. Unfortunately, the two Italian participants had already dropped out earlier because of the situation in their own country.
For the rest of the group there was no doubt, after all the air shows were still planned and the Red Flag exercise was still going on. After a long smooth flight, the group arrived in San Diego and we met the last participant. The news that the shows of NAF El Centro and MCAS Yuma had already been cancelled was accepted and plans were quickly made to spend the weekend in a different way.