Where Did You Solo, and Is the Airport Still There

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    Dave Baxter

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    I Soloed at Flabob KRIR rubidoux CA 8-8-64 after 12 hrs of dual in N89305 C-140 and my instructor was Jane La Mar a second WW WASP. Flabob is still an active airport, and I have flown my Starduster in and out of there numerous times since it was finished, even at night. Dave

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    I soloed at Oceanside apt. 1977. Yep its still there. Thanks to my father and his friends that got all the federal funding in the mid 1980s......
     
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    Oceanside . CA.
     
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    Chris McMillin

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    My first was an Aeronca 11AC, or BC, N3848E at Meadowlark, Huntington Beach, CA, and then after lunch I soloed my parents Staggerwing, D-17S N60149 at SNA on my 16th birthday, December of 1974. (Of course Meadowlark is long gone, but SNA is a horror show.)

    My old man was my instructor until I was about 14 then his flying business partner Joe Mortimore did the most of it. He owned the Aeronca. They were partners in Santana Fixed Wing at the base of the old tower at SNA and the Staggerwing. They were both TWA captains.

    My brother took this Beech pic with an Instamatic, he copied it recently and sent it along. He was 7 at the time. My buddy's brother took the picture of the Chief and friend Dave's TR-3 we're giving a look over. Dave retired from AA, now a Newport Beach businessman, and I married their eldest sister.
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    ANP Lee Airport Edgewater, MD. 1979. Stinson 108-3. Still operating inside the SFRA.
     
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    Soloed at Cimarron Airport, Yukon, OK, 11/21/1968. Airport still there, but renamed Clarence E Page Airport (KRCE). 16 years old, sacked groceries for flying money, rode my bike to the Wiley Post Airport, Bethany, OK, to go flying. My instructor gave me free instruction in a C150 club plane that cost me $5 per hour plus gas ($1.50). Sure won't find friends/deals like that anymore! But when flying solo I had to rent a plane from the FBO for $15 wet since I wasn't a member of the flying club. I could get the plane for a 10 hour block for $100, so still saved a lot of money! My dad was a WWII fighter pilot (P-40/P-47) but wouldn't pay for one minute of my time...wanted me to earn my license. He started me off right.

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    Baltimore Airpark, MD. , 1971 with 7.2 hours in PA28-140. That airport long gone to houses. 2nd solo was a couple weeks later in C150 at APG, MD. Took another couple hours to master the Cessna.....

    1971 in APG club instructors were $7/hr as were the C150's. C172 $12/hr, T41B $11/hr, O1D Bird dog $11/hr and 35G Bonanza @ $13/hr. We could fly the T41B and Bird dog relatively cheap because we burned 115/145 army gas @ $.07 /gal. in them.

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    South Boston (W78), VA in 1984. It was a sleepy little airport that was lucky to see five operations on a weekday then. I doubt it is any busier now. But it is still open.
     
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    I'd have to go pull my log book out, but it was late March or April 1991. Dad was my instructor and there was lots of wind that spring, I had to master cross-winds before he'd sign me off so it took an extra few hours to Solo. Flew an old CAP T-41, N9266Z. Somewhere I have a picture of the day, I lost my shirt tail in a move years ago.

    KCEZ, Cortez Municipal in Cortez, CO (It was Cortez Montezuma County Airport back then, but the county has since turned over their half to the city), it is still there.

    I worked at the FBO in the summers and weekends after school pumping gas, washing airplanes and generally being an apprentice airport bum, best job in all of aviation.
     
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    3-8-80 with 6 hours

    Still there.
     
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    July '68 Stinson Field (still there) San Antonio. named after the Stinsons of early flying fame. looked up the airplane, still under active registration in Nashville.
     
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    1976, I was 16, at CPS (then called Bi-State Parks, now St. Louis Downtown). Still there.
     
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    May 17, 1969 at New Tamiami Airport in Miami (TMB) in a C-150. That airport still exists but where it was once out in the middle of nowhere it is now surrounded by residential housing. The C-150 was either $10 or $15/hr wet, the instructor was $5/hr.
     
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    January 1976 at Clover Field, Friendswood, TX. There were a lot of antiques and homebuilts there back then, a glider operation and a BD-5 dealer who would occasionally put on a quick airshow. Now it is called Pearland Regional and is much more corporate, but it's still there.
     
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    March 1983 at Tiger Air Center, MLU, Monroe Louisiana in a C-150. The airport was built as an Army Air Corps Navigation Training Base for WW II. Monroe is considered the home of Delta Airlines which began as Delta Dusters. Also of interest is that Tom Poberezny won his first aerobatic contest here and Marion Cole lived here at that time. Monroe is considered home to General Clare Chenault of Flying Tiger fame which is the source of the ULM(University of Louisiana at Monroe)mascot the Warhawks. Tiger Air Center is gone but the facility is now home to the aviation department of Century Link.
     
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    FW (Cherokee 140) was at St Pete in 1968 still there. RW (TH-55) was at a dusty stage field in West Texas in 1972, long gone. All the Army’s primary training is now in Alabama.
     
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    4-29-96. my 16th birthday. 76N Skyhaven Airport, Tunkhannock PA. where our shop is now. soloed a PA-22 tripacer, PA-17 Vagabond and a C-150 that day, in that order. good times. got my drivers license 6 months later, had to have mom or dad drive me to the airport so I could fly a plane, always got a kick out of that. worked at a local pizza place while in highschool 4 days a week to pay for flying lessons. got my license 2 weeks before graduating.
     
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    KMYV in 1996. Beale AFB Aero Club T-41A. Was still active duty and just about to get out into the real world.
     
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    1999 I believe, Cessna 172 at KRAC, Racine Wisconsin, remember that flight like it was yesterday. Shortly thereafter soloed my dad's C120 at 57C, East Troy Wisconsin. Both airports still in operation.
     
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    Here in June 1971. My dad's private airstrip in Stillwell, Kansas. It has been donated to the county for use as a public park someday(160 acres). The building still stands and is in good shape for a 1951 build. Its an actual Butler brand galvanized steel building. The skin is a lot heavier than you can buy now. My dad's ashes are out there on the runway and sadly so are my brother's. He died October 4th 2017. Lot of memories, I had a moto x track here too. Coincidentally the N number of the Aeronca I soloed is just 7 digits difference than the Aeronca posted by Chris McMillin, I still have the airplane. Chris wins, Staggerwing driver at age 16. That's very cool.

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