First my sincere thanks to BOBBIE MESITE for taking these pictures.
Thank you very much!!! - YOU DID A GRAND JOB!
In addition to Bobbie there were many others who helped make this event possible.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS DAY
AND FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS!!!
The airplane is a 1931 Fleet, Model 7, open cockpit biplane.
Here is a bit of history: On June 8th, 1931 she was originally registered as a Model 2 and was powered by a 125 horsepower Kinner 5 cylinder radial engine. Just 15 days later the factory in Buffalo, New York re-registered her as a Model 7. In the early 1960's the owner decided to make her into a crop duster! At that time the engine was changed to a 220 horsepower Continental 7 cylinder radial engine.
IN CLOSING I MUST SAY:
This event would not have been possible without the help of many people! All I did was sit in the seat and fly around in circles for three days. NO, I didn't even get dizzy! You must also remember that for every passenger I took, I got to go flying!
My wife, Anne prepared the food, set up the food, coffee, and other drinks. She did many of the reservations before the event. Anne coordinated the people who were next in line with Mike so there was no lag time between passengers. She also kept everything on the ground flowing.
My good friend, Mike Couillard is the guy, previously mentioned who loaded and unloaded passengers All day on Saturday.
My good friend, Barb Hoeppner took care of registrations during the event and worked with Anne to keep the passengers flowing. Barb also kept an eye on the donations and made sure passengers signed the insurance waiver.
My good friends, Pete and Alta Olejnik, were in charge of parking. When people arrived Pete and Alta made sure they were parked in a proper place. They also assured that the new arrivals made there way to Barb to confirm their previous registration or to register for the next available ride.
My good friend, Cory Steinke was not able to attend the event but is the guy, previously mentioned who donated 50 gallons of fuel.
My good friend, Bobbi Mesite, who took the pictures on this page and gave them to me.
ALL IN ALL, A TRULY INCREDIBLE GROUP OF PEOPLE MADE THIS EVENT HAPPEN!!!
At the end of the event we had flown a total of 60 passengers, one at a time! One passenger I do remember was Tom Ury's father. Tom showed me the last entry in his dads log book. It was dated in mid-1945 and was in a PT-13 Stearman Trainer. WOW. Very nice gentleman, I was honored to fly him. I also flew Experimental Aircraft Association Member, Nick Gurin's father. His was a similar story. He flew during WW II. I flew a few young people and a few older folks. The ages ranged from 8 to 90. It appeared to me that everyone who rode, enjoyed themselves. NO ONE GOT SICK! We took a trip back in time together. While flying in the Fleet, it is easy to imagine what it must have been like back in those days of old, when biplanes were the norm. No one had ever heard of a jet. On Sunday we were visited by the Model A Ford Club. It is worthy of note that when the Fleet was new, the last of the Model A Fords were coming off the assembly line. No one had ever heard of Bonney and Clyde. John Dillinger was still alive and at large (and still robbing banks), and Al Capone was still in control of Chicago.
I would truly like to thank everyone who helped make this event a success, and all of those who helped and the 60 brave souls who rode with me!
THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!
Bud Silvers - October 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS CORVETTE CLUB
BIPLANE RIDES FOR CHRISTMAS BASKETS
OCTOBER 14TH, 15TH, AND 16TH, 2011
60 PASSENGERS - ONE AT A TIME!
OK, I’M GOING TO CONFESS!
I HAD MORE FUN TODAY THAN MY PASSENGERS!
They each got a biplane ride, I got a whole lot of biplane rides!
WHAT A GREAT DAY!
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