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Sorry to report that Mark lost his battle with cancer in 2016. Mark was a great asset to the club. Mark’s words…. At flight International I learned the tactics of aerial combat. They had a contract with the Department of Defense to provide target services for the military using Learjets. Within six months I was ready to upgrade to captain. I moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon as part of a group of three planes and several pilots. I had to go find Klamath Falls on a map because I had never heard of it. All I know was that I was going to get paid to fly a Learjet and go up to dog fight with fighter pilots, yippee! . . . more . . .
The first plane that I owned after I got my private was a 1977 C177B Cardinal with 180 HP and a constant speed prop. I could fit my wife and 3 small girls in it and we flew from Wyoming to Michigan, Canada, and wherever. I got into a bad snowstorm in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming one night in the Cardinal and was lucky my instructor was with me or I probably wouldn’t be here today. Vertigo, St Elmo’s Fire, and icing and I had about 60 hours total time. It was scary. . . . more . . .
My dad borrowed a cougar that he did the first flight on for the owner, (Cougar is a copy of a tailwind), and we headed to El Mirage dry lake where Ken instructed Pilots to fly the gyrocopters. Started off in a gyro glider towed behind his car it was a two place without the engine. Went up and down the dry lake that day and got the hang of it. The next day I soloed his powered gyrocopter, it’s the one hanging in the EAA museum! . . . more . . .
We went to Oshkosh and did a building workshop for the Sonex. We were all very excited about the plane, in 2007, with blue prints in hand we got together and ordered the first sheets of 4’x12′ aluminum. The four of us began building four Sonex in my hanger/barn. Four years later they are ready to begin the first flight of the final Sonex. . . more . . .
Fernando was born In Peru South America. Fernando was introduced to airplanes early in his life as his dad was a farmer and owned two Cessna Airplanes. He has built two RV’s and is currently re-building a Mustang 2. . . . more . . .
Dwight has been flying fifty (50) plus years with over 5,000 hours, and says he is still learning with every flight. He started flying in 1960 and purchased his first plane a Piper PA-28-140 in 1976. He has a commercial pilot license with ratings of Airplane Single Engine Land and Sea, Airplane multi-engine Land, Rotorcraft – Helicopter and Instrument Airplane. He now owns a Duke, 182, Pitts and Super Decathlon. At one point he owned a helicopter which he had pulled water skiers with! . . . more . . .
The night DB Cooper high-jacked an airliner out of Seattle and parachuted out near my place, my friend Vern had needed me to help him retrieve a plane grounded over on the coast. Just as it got dark, Vern landed at my place to get me. The weather was getting bad, and we didn’t want come back to my place in the dark. After picking up the stranded airplane, we flew both planes back to Goheen’s strip, and then he drove me home. The next morning I had nine carloads of FBI agents running up and down my runway, and although I was not officially arrested, I underwent several hours of interrogation. The FBI had been talking to my neighbors, asking if they had seen any airplanes flying that night. They broke into all the old cars I had stored, didn’t bother to ask for keys. A week later, my wife saw armed men out in the woods prowling around, and of course without permission. . . . more . . .
I flew the last Powder Puff Derby, racing from Palm Springs, CA to Tampa, FL with Billie Dutcher as my co-pilot the first week of July 1977. We encountered a lot of bad thunderstorm weather coming and going. When we arrived in Tampa a severe thunderstorm was gathering over the airport with wildly switching winds. I was the last airplane to land before they closed the airport. The line-boys rushed out and grabbed the wing struts while they tied the plane down. We were told to stay in the plane until the storm subsided, and we watched the wildest electrical storm I have ever seen. All planes behind me had found other safe airports to land and were disqualified from the race for not arriving
before race closure. . . more . . .
My aviation adventures started a long time ago and a little backwards from how most people start. You see, I built an airplane before I ever learned to fly powered airplanes. I managed to satisfy some of my aviation cravings with an old hang-glider and lessons that put the wind in my hair and bugs in my teeth. What the hang-glider really did was fan the flame of aviation in my heart. After I finished college and started working, it was time to start pursuing my flying dreams, well actually, they really began with building a Sonex. . . more . . .
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