When you create and commit to preserving airfields, you quickly learn that grass grows, weeds encroach, and RAF volunteers must work hard keeping ahead of it all. One of our RAF friends has stepped up to help, and has set a new high for support. Peter Burwell is not only an avid airplane and helicopter pilot, enthusiastic about the RAF mission (he has served as an RAF director), he’s also brilliant at locating suitable and capable grounds equipment to benefit the RAF mission.
Burwell is as skilled at managing enterprises as he is managing the controls on a Caravan. Among his other business responsibilities, he is CEO of C&B Operations, a successful network of 37 John Deere dealerships throughout the Midwest, stretching as far as Montana and Idaho. “We believe in the mission of the RAF,” Burwell says. “Keeping airstrips maintained is pertinent to safety and appearance, and we are proud to donate some green equipment to support the mission.”
Beginning with the John Deere multi-purpose tractor he provided for Ryan
Field, Burwell also provided a new tractor at Wisconsin’s Cornucopia Airfield. Now he is
helping RAF Director Jeff Russell locate and obtain a perfect used tractor for North Fox
Thanks to Burwell’s efforts and generosity, RAF volunteers at these airfields can get a
lot more work done by the time they sit together around a campfire, admiring one
of Burwell’s pretty green John Deere tractors.