WEST COAST SWIFT WING
EDITOR: CAROL & GERRY HAMPTON AV8RGNH@SBCGLOBAL.NET 530-676-7755
NW Swift Fly-in Cottage Grove, OR 14-15 July 2018
Kent Koester will host the NW Swift Fly-in at Cottage Grove OR 14-15 July 2018. The Village Green Resort will be the fly-in hotel/hq. More to follow, but this is a great fly-in and you should put on your calendars and plan to attend.
Westover 2018 27-30 September
The date for Westover 2018 is September 27 (Thursday) through 30 (Sunday). The fly-in hotel is again the Best Western Amador Inn. More information will follow.
Swift National Oct 4-8
Somewhere between 33 and 40 Swifts sojourned to Cleburne, TX for the 2017 Swift National. Difficult to keep up with the one day drop ins, etc. The RRSW had set up a really nice event there and the weather turned out superb.
West Coast Swifters who were there included from Diamond Point, WA, Johnny Johnson, Bill Shepherd, Ernie Hansen, and Gerry Mahoney; Roger Weber from OR; Gerry and Carol Hampton, Bill Gass, Karl Johanson from CA; Alan and Janet Dicker, George Snyder from AZ; Arye Maya from NV; and Bill Harris from NM.
Lots of formation training culminating in a formation competition consisting of three 4-ships and two 3-ships. The four ship competition was won by the Burrito Brothers, Johnny Johnson, Gerry Mahoney, and Bill Shepherd with Ben Wilson in the -4 position; the three ship was won by Paul Mercandetti, Will Kientz, and our own Bill Gass.
We were able to take the trip to Dealey Plaza and the JFK Assassination museum there and later in the week, dinner at the Ft Worth Stockyards. The museum was very good and informative with lots of displays and history. The Stockyards were chocked full of fun things to do and the dinner was outstanding! Beef is definitely the theme in Texas!
For the weeks schedule there were plenty of activities, both on field and off. The Ladies especially enjoyed the lunch’s downtown in some of Cleburne’s “hot Spots” with shopping included.
The Hampton Inn was Swift headquarters with an “impromptu” hospitality room each night. Plenty of camaraderie and hanger tales.
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Carol & Gerry Hampton