Savoring the Swift


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


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…]

Challenge Air: Putting special kids in the air


There are few aviation activities more rewarding than taking a child for an airplane ride. Their eyes light up as they break the surly bonds of Earth and their smiles grow exponentially as the flight continues. The flight is even more poignant when the child has special needs.

Those children are the focus of Challenge Air, a not-for-profit organization based in Dallas.

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