Red River Swift Wing
The 2008 Swift Nationals
was another great fly-in. The airplane count was down
from years past but the quality of people was equal or better.
This year's center
stage attractions featured the museum's newly acquired "Johnson
according to Mark Holliday, "Is 99.9 % for sure the original GC-1
(Culver copy) aircraft of Globe Aircraft."
Mark flew the aircraft briefly during the fly-in and we all witnessed
a piece of Globe history which may
never be seen flying again. Mark also gave an excellent presentation
of the history of this great little
aircraft and where it had been for the past 66 years.
Don Bartholomew had his Swift
with newly STC'd canopy installation on hand
and it's a great looking piece of work. Well done Don.
Corky Fornof had
the Fury on the ramp for us to drool over and
also conducted a forum about his adventures in aviation. Great man.
Mike Kennedy of Swift Magic
has gone from doing his Aerobatic routine in a Swift
to now performing in a BT-13. Yes, that would be a fixed gear, 450
Pratt & Whitney,
loud, fire breathing, and beautiful BT-13. We watched him give a
and he flys it beautifully.
Ken Coughlin of Oklahoma has again given up a month of his life
and voluntarily become
the "parts man" to help out during the busy time at Swift Nationals.
Last year Ken donated
ten weeks of his time to run the parts department and was appropriately
a "Presidents Award" for his efforts.
The Red River Swift Wing sponsored the new "Gloria Warden Memorial
Award" for dedication
to the Swift and fellow Swifters and Jeanie Collins was the recipient
of this inaugural award.
Ernie and Penny Hansen decided to go for a little drive from Diamond
Point and somehow
ended up in Athens, Tenn. He did receive the longest distance by
car. Gerry Hampton from
California, Bill Shepherd and Doc Mahoney from Diamond point were
some more of the long
distance travelers with Dick and Jeanie Collins, who flew in from
San Jose, winning
the longest distance by Swift.
On site food service was excellent with the barbeque chores again
being headed up by
Paul Merchandetti with Opie Robers and the Swift ladies taking care
of the serving, headed by Janie.
I won't attempt to list the award winners because I know that I
will forget some so I'll allow that to be posted by someone else.
Our new board chairman will be Mike Kennedy so we are in good hands
again. Will Roberson was acknowledged for his excellent leadership
during the past few years and deservingly so. The Saturday banquet
was again outstanding with great food and fellowship and more Swift
stories than ever.
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