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December 17, 2003
Chapter 55 hosts the
National Ercoupe Fly-In Convention
June 20-23, 2002
Being a Chapter 55 member: "The toughest job you will ever love." The Peace Corps motto has a special poignancy to all the members who came out to help staff the National Ercoupe Fly-In. While the work was hard at times, fast-paced, or required serious innovation only pilots could dream up, the many smiles shared among the Convention visitors made the the heat, rain, and sweat bearable.
Three years and much planning later, the National Ercoupe Fly-In at Mason Jewett Airport has become a reality. With an expected showing of 150 airplanes, several campers, and numerous daily visitors Mason Jewett Airport bustled with activity. Convention goers enjoyed daily fly-outs to surrounding airports (Brighton to check their narrow-runway-landing skills; Battle Creek to view the Classic Waco facility; etc.), forums and seminars, an auction and the chance to win an engine cylinder in an unusual "attitude", and the banquet on Saturday evening.
In particular, this Fly-In became a reality thanks to the Jewett family who worked tirelessly to woo the National convention to Mason, Bill Purosky who organized and browbeat the chapter into actually signing to volunteer, Ted Lakin for working out meal plans and the actuation of them, and all the chapter volunteers who could be relied on to make this convention a memorable experience.
President Michael Arntz presents Charles H. Downey a plaque for his and Susan Downey's service to the chapter.
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