by Dave Weiman
Midwest Flyer Magazine
So often, we publish articles after an event, reporting on what happened and who participated. That’s all well and good, provides interesting stories, ample recognition for organizers and participants, and hopefully an opportunity to plug the dates of the event for the following year. But at least for one event, the Log Cabin Airport Fly-In in Mondovi, Wis., we are giving you advanced notice so you can attend and be a part of history in the making!
Doug Ward and Judie Ohm – owners of the Log Cabin Airport (WS69) – are pictured on the cover of this issue of Midwest Flyer Magazine with their 1947 Piper J-3 Cub, equipped with an 85 hp Continental engine. In contrast, elsewhere in this issue, is a story about Piper’s newest aircraft built 69 years later, the M600, equipped with a 600 shp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A turbo prop engine (see article on page 47.)
On Sunday, September 4, 2016, Ward and Ohm will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fly-in beginning at 9:30 am. Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon.
Think for a moment as to what you were doing 30 years ago…where you were living and working…the people in your life…and the airplane you were flying. Rest assured, Doug Ward and Judie Ohm will recall many memories on September 4, but they will also be creating new ones with those of us who fly in.
What started as a cow pasture in the 1960s when Ward purchased the land for the airport is today a well-groomed 2500 ft. airstrip (Rwy 18/36). Ward built his first log cabin home there in 1980. Ohm’s log home was built in 2014.
The airport offers a small-town atmosphere where everyone knows everyone else, and many stories are exchanged.
Ohm is the author of the book “Turret Tales,” which describes Ward’s experience as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress during World War II. The book can be purchased from Amazon.com, at the EAA AirVenture Museum bookstore in Oshkosh, Wis., or directly from Ohm at the Log Cabin Airport Fly-In.
For additional information about the book or fly-in, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-287-3377. In the meantime, mark your calendar for Sunday, September 4, 2016, for the Log Cabin Airport Fly-In, Mondovi, Wis.