Rachel Thompson

A person doesn’t forget Rachel Thompson. Wife of RAF Oklahoma Liaison Steve Thompson, she steps out of his gleaming Cessna 180 in the middle of the backcountry, unloads all the fixin’s for a week’s worth of baking, and gets to work. Within an hour, the aroma of something wonderful baking is in the air. If…

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IMPROVEMENTS, WEBCAMS IN EAGLE CAP WILDERNESS

Two popular backcountry airfields, Minam Lodge (7OR0); and adjacent Red’s Horse Ranch (68D) are located within the Eagle Cap Wilderness, that totals over 360,000 acres in northeast Oregon’s Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Ancestors of the Nez Perce Tribe first occupied the region in 1,400 A.D. followed by Cayuse, Shoshone and Bannock peoples. The Wilderness Act of…

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MICHIGAN’S TWO HEARTED REOPENS AFTER REHABILITATION

RAF Michigan Liaisons Brad Frederick and General Grant announce that Two Hearted airfield, 6Y5 on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was recently inspected by the state and reopened. “Cones are back out and it is mowed. We want to be sure people understand that the grass is delicate for the time being and that small tires are…

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MAINE GRASS AIRSTRIP REPORTED SAVED FROM DEVELOPMENT

Maine State Liaisons Steve Mason and Andy Rowe, along with New Hampshire State Liaison Rene Robillard and New Hampshire and Massachusetts State Liaison John Meade were involved in efforts to save the Charles A. Chase Memorial Field in Dover Foxcroft (44B) from possible closure. Read the story in The Piscataquis Observer  HERE. Submitted on August…

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USFS, NMPA AND RAF ADD FEATURES AT NEGRITO

RAF New Mexico Liaison Ron Keller reports that volunteers from New Mexico Pilots Association, the RAF, and three US Forest Service Reserve District employees completed work at Negrito airstrip, 0NM7 in the Gila National Forest in mid July. “Rainy weather chased us out a day early, but the work was mostly finished,” Keller said. The…

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RAF OUTFITTER AUGUST FEATURED ITEM

Show off your support for the RAF and your favorite airstrips with this collector’s edition keychain. The keychain features a unique bronze hook, an RAF token, and leather that is stamped with the RAF’s logo. Once you have your keychain, add to it with our airstrip tokens that represent airstrips the RAF has had a…

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RAF CELEBRATES WITH EAA AT OSH; HONORS VOLUNTEERS

The RAF kicked off AirVenture week on Monday, July 25 with Wisconsin Liaison Amanda Levin and Indiana Liaison Bill Steinmetz sharing “The RAF Way” with a captivated audience; Tuesday morning, RAF volunteers served donuts and coffee atop Hartzell’s rooftop booth again this year. “New and longtime RAF friends gathered to share flying stories, talk about the…

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WORK COMPLETED AT STEHEKIN, NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK

RAF Washington State Ambassador Ray Ballantyne reports that Washington State Department of Aviation and the RAF joined together to perform the annual cleanup of Stehekin State Airport, 6S9, in the North Cascades National Park in June.  Paul Wolf, State Airport Manager and his wife Deanna arrived by helicopter because there is no road access to this settlement above the…

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