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Sculptor of EAA’s Compass Hill Statues “Directions” Dies

Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2019 issue TACOMA, WASH. – Nationally renowned sculptor and painter, Larry Wayne Anderson, 78, of Tacoma, Washington, died October 18, 2018 at his home in Bonney Lake after a long illness. Anderson was best … Continue reading

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Shelly Simi Named NASAO President/CEO

Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2019 issue WASHINGTON, DC – The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) has named Shelly Simi its new President and CEO. In this capacity, Simi will work closely with the NASAO Board of … Continue reading

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Writer of Longest-Ever Running Aviation Column In A Mainstream Newspaper Dies At 94

Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2019 issue Aviation columnist, Jack Elliott Schapiro, of Warren, N.J., passed away November 20, 2018 at the age of 94. Known professionally and in the aviation community by his pen name, Jack Elliott, he … Continue reading

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U-2 Spy Plane Memorial Honors Wisconsin Pilot

Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2019 issue On January 31, 1980, U.S. Air Force pilot, Captain Edward I. Beaumont of Brantwood, Wisconsin, was on a training flight flying the U-2 Spy Plane near Oroville, California. He was in the … Continue reading

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The Lady Behind The Voice of the Red Baron Stearman Squadron Margaret Mae (Fitch) Van Kempen

May 1, 1925 – September 10, 2018 Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2018/January 2019 issue ALEXANDRIA, MINN. – Margaret Mae (Fitch) Van Kempen was born on May 1, 1925, in a farmhouse in Wood Lake, Minnesota to Gertrude (Sanders) … Continue reading

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CAF Red Tail Squadron Publishes Complete Tuskegee Airmen Pilot Roster Online

Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2018/January 2019 issue RED WING, MINN. – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, has published the first-ever, complete, up-to-date and searchable Tuskegee Airmen Pilot Roster available … Continue reading

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Keeping The Champ Alive!

Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2018/January 2019 issue Known by some as “The Stoughton Champ,” for the many years the 1946 Aeronca 7AC Champ (N84614) has been based at Matson Airport (2WI6) in Stoughton, Wisconsin, providing an economical means … Continue reading

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NATA Names New President

Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2018/January 2019 issue WASHINGTON, DC – The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Board of Directors has named Gary Dempsey its new president to succeed Martin (Marty) H. Hiller, who assumed the role of NATAs … Continue reading

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Newby Joins Exclusive Aircraft

Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2018 issue EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. – Nick Newby, a graduate of Friends University in Wichita, Kan., has joined Exclusive Aircraft Sales as director of jet sales. Newby has 20 years of experience in domestic … Continue reading

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Completing Flight Training Back In The USA

by Sharon Thiry Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2018 issue EDITOR’S NOTE: Sharon Thiry, 25, of Cadzand, Holland was featured on the cover of the February/March 2018 issue of Midwest Flyer Magazine with her 1943 Aeronca L-3 Defender. In … Continue reading

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