FLY-IN COTTAGE GROVE, OR
July 6, 2012 - July 9, 2012
Kent Koester and Tom Richardson hosted/coordinated the Northwest
Swift Fly-In held at Cottage Grove, Oregon this year using
the same successful format as the 2010 fly-in. As many of
us remember, this is a beautiful part of Oregon with lots
to do and a charming old town that welcomed us with open
arms. The Oregon Aviation Historical Museum and their parking
ramp was Swift Central for the weekend. The Village Green
Resort is just across the street enabling Swifters easy
access to their room, lounge, etc.
11 Swifts parked around the hangar on Friday evening and
an additional 6 came in on Saturday for a total of 18 Swifts.
In addition, there were 5 “other” aircraft attendees.
we had Mexican food at a local restaurant with good Margaritas.
At dusk, we were treated to and Ernest Gann/John Wayne movie
“An Island in the Sky” which all present enjoyed
Brothers treated us to a formation demonstration Saturday
morning, and, except for arrivals, that was the extent of
the flying with folks looking to stay cool and out of hot
the weather was great—hot for Oregon with temps near
90 degrees. This made it great for one of the non-flying
activities, kayaking the river around the airport. No casualties
except for holes in one of the inflatable kayaks and a couple
of folks getting wet after getting sideways on the rapids.
Late in the
afternoon, a group shot of all the Swifts and pilots was
taken with a surprise twist of a local pilot and son taking
a shot from their Aeronca orbiting over the group. Don Thomson
gave the young photographer a lesson in economics, marketing,
and salesmanship resulting in the young man selling the
8x10 photos to the Swifters at a $5 profit per picture.
Made enough to put him through college?
Kent had a BBQ set up with hamburgers and salmon, both of
which were very tasty. Libations were Oregon brews and vino—all
also very good. Entertainment was karaoke led by the Bombshell
Sisters. They were joined by most of the female Swift folk
in the audience who were immediately dubbed Rosie and the
Riveters. They all danced and sang, hooted and hollered,
and generally had a great time much to the amusement and
delight of the audience.
for some on Sunday, and for others on Monday—all had
a great time and are looking forward to this event 2 years
hence. Job well done Kent, Tom, and crew.