Ben William Ryan passed away peacefully July 26 at the Montana Veteran’s Home in Columbia Falls with his loving wife Agnes, “Butchie” and friends at his side. Ben began life March 21, 1923 in Belleflower, CA, the son of Ben and Mary Ryan. Ben had an older sister, T. Antoinette.  His family moved to Three…

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RAF Oregon State Liaison Richard Mayes and Washington Liaison Dave Whitelaw teamed up to host a fly-in weekend at Nehalem Bay State Airport (3S7) July 15-16.   Lovely sunny weather enticed 18 overnight campers to enjoy the facilities at Nehalem Bay State Park, the adjoining town of Manzanita, and the beautiful Oregon coast beaches.  Several more…

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The RAF is “saddling up” to shuttle Redbird Flight’s Charlie Gregoire from his home in Texas to Oshkosh departing July 20. It all started after Charlie described his dreadful 33-hour commercial flight into Oshkosh last year in Flying magazine, declaring, “Next Oshkosh, I’m flying GA!” RAF Chairman John McKenna took him at his word and challenged RAF members…

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Each month we will be highlighting an airstrip that the RAF has had an impact on.  We hope that you will get out and enjoy these airstrips.  This month’s Featured Airstrip is Swank Field (KMDF). Airport owner and RAF Ohio State Liaison, Freeman Swank, is happy to add Swank Field to the RAF map beginning with a successful RAF Fly…

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