09 – Unique and Special Airport in Dickson County Tennessee

In aviation there are so many unique and special airports, and so many unique and special people.

The airport you’ll hear about in this episode is more than airplanes, it’s about building relationships with people.

Walter Ferguson is the Deputy Director of Operations at the Dickson County Municipal Airport in Tennessee. He’s one of the numerous friendly faces that work and fly at this airport that really reinforced with me how there are so many things in aviation and so many people in aviation that are extra special.

Oh, and at the end of this podcast, you are going to hear a VERY unique and special treat…

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Interview recorded July 2017.

The podcast is produced by PreferredAltitude.com – Preferred Altitude, LLC.

Intro and closing music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

08 – Hummel Aircraft

If you’re familiar with homebuilt and experimental aircraft you’ve probably heard of the Hummel Bird. It’s definitely a unique aircraft in the history of aviation.

While the Hummel Bird has been around for some time now, Hummel Aviation today actually has a number of aircraft available.

And like so much of aviation, there’s some great stories on how it all came about.

This episode is about Hummel aircraft and Hummel Aviation.

Hummel Aviation apparel is now available at PreferredAltitude.com!

Link to the Hummel Aviation website:
http://flyhummel.com/

Interview recorded August 2017.

The podcast is produced by PreferredAltitude.com – Preferred Altitude, LLC.

Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

07 – Rotorcraft and the Popular Rotorcraft Association

What’s a gyroplane? How does it relate to Mentone, Indiana? What does PRA stand for?

All of this is yet another depth to unique and timeless aviation, it’s yet another community within aviation, and yet another aviation story that I think you’ll find interesting.

This episode is about rotorcraft and the Popular Rotorcraft Association.

Link to the Popular Rotorcraft Association website:
http://pra.org

Interview recorded August 2017.

The podcast is produced by PreferredAltitude.com – Preferred Altitude, LLC.

Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

06 – Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing

A B-25 bomber you can actually climb into and get a ride in, an L-17 under restoration, a motorpool of historic military vehicles, a museum of fascinating military artifacts…and more historic airplanes!

On this episode we learn about the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing, based in South St. Paul at the Fleming Field airport. It’s one of the many local organizations that make up the CAF.

One very important note:

During this episode you’re hear reference to Dick Cole. That’s Lt. Colonel Dick Cole, a veteran of WWII, and a veteran of an incredible chapter of WWII.

He served as one of the “Doolittle Raiders” that carried out the first United States bombing attack on Japan after Pearl Harbor.

The crews that carried out this stunning mission did so with B-25 bombers, like the one in the Minnesota Wing of the CAF.

Take a listen to some of great things that the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing does to preserve US military aviation history.

Link to the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing website:
http://www.cafmn.org/

Interview recorded September 2017.

The podcast is produced by PreferredAltitude.com – Preferred Altitude, LLC.

Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

05 – The Swift

In aviation, type clubs are a fairly common thing, but to have a type club own the type certificate for the aircraft and build a new museum to honor the legacy of that aircraft, is frankly extraordinary. It is a story very much worth sharing.

This episode is about “The Swift”.

Link to the Swift Museum Foundation:
http://swiftmuseumfoundation.org/

Interview recorded June 2017.

The podcast is produced by PreferredAltitude.com – Preferred Altitude, LLC.

Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

04 – Ercoupe Racing

When most aviation people hear the phrase “Ercoupe Racing”, they may pause, they may chuckle a bit, and they’re usually quite intrigued and want to know more.

William Dubois pilots “Race 53”, the Ercoupe in “Ercoupe Racing”, and he races that Ercoupe in the Sport Air Racing League.

What I think you’re going to find with William’s story is what I find with many aviation stories, that it’s even more interesting than you might initially imagine…

More information about William Dubois and Race 53:

http://generalaviationnews.com/author/dubois/
http://www.planetales.net/

Race 53 apparel and gear is available from PreferredAltitude.com:
https://www.preferredaltitude.com/collections/race-53-collection

Interview recorded July 2017.

The podcast is produced by PreferredAltitude.com – Preferred Altitude, LLC.

Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere.
http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

03 – Glenn Curtiss and the Glenn Curtiss Museum

What do the aileron, the “fastest man alive” on a motorcycle, and the P-40 Warhawk have in common?

They all trace back to a fascinating person in aviation history that you may have heard of before, but I wonder if you know how fascinating his story really is.

This episode is about Glenn Curtiss and the Glenn Curtiss museum.

Interview recorded May 2017.

The podcast is produced by PreferredAltitude.com – Preferred Altitude, LLC.

Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere.
http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

02 – Soaring and the National Soaring Museum

Airplanes without engines.  Gliders.  Sailplanes.  Soaring.

There’s a special and historic place in a beautiful part of upstate New York that that you may not heard of before. A place that is VERY special in the “un-powered” world of aviation and, if you like unique and timeless aviation, I think you’ll find this interesting.

This episode is about Soaring…and the National Soaring Museum in Elmira New York.

Interview recorded May 2017.

The podcast is produced by PreferredAltitude.com – Preferred Altitude, LLC.

Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere.
http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

01 – Introduction to the Preferred Altitude Podcast

I thought it might be helpful to know a little bit about what’s planned for this podcast, so here goes…

On this podcast I plan to feature unique and timeless aviation stories, people, airplanes, places, experiences and hopefully more.

Take a listen to find out more about the podcast.

The podcast is produced by PreferredAltitude.com – Preferred Altitude, LLC.

Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere.
http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)