Hungry? Stop in at 68C any Friday

Iola is about 50 miles northwest of Oshkosh, Wis., and home to Central County Flyers Association. A good many have heard of their weekly, since 2002, Friday lunch gatherings. Year-round, pilots and non-pilots fly (or drive) to 68C for a hot meal prepared by Bill Kinsman. Cost is $8 for any member (who has paid a $10 life-time membership fee). For those of us less familiar with 68C, Barry Adams wrote a wonderful story titled, “Fridays at the fly-and-dine” for the Wisconsin State Journal. It is well worth the read. Friday’s menu is Chicken Tenders, french fries, salad, rolls, cake, coffee and milk. Soda is $.75 extra.

Savoring the Swift

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Pilots often have two dreams: One is to find a derelict airplane in a barn and restore it to an airworthy showpiece; the other is to find someone who shares their passion for aviation.

Paul and Sandy Mercandetti from Knoxville, Tenn., are lucky enough to have had both dreams come true. The couple flies around the country in a 1946 GC1-B Globe Swift model 1-A that Paul found in a shed years ago.

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TGH Aviation raises funds for Bud Anderson Memorial Monument

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AUBURN, Calif. — Bud Anderson, a World War II pilot and American hero (pictured above), served two combat tours, escorting heavy bombers over Europe. The City of Auburn, along with other community volunteers, is working to honor his service.

“Thanks to the work of Douglas Van Howd, a local artist, a life-size statue has been created, depicting Col. Anderson and his famous P-51 Mustang. [Read more...]