to my Fly Baja. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed it putting it
together. My romance with aircraft and flying started as a young kid,
watching the planes come and go in the air pattern where our farm was
located. At 14, while my Dad was out of town on a short
vacation, an instructor, thinking I was 16, offered to give me flying
lessons. This was in a Piper Vagabond. Two lessons later old Dad returned
and talked to me into waiting until I reached 16.
That started what has turned out to be 53-year love affair with aviation and my fascination with flying Baja. Just after my 17th birthday, in 1951, I received my private license while flying an old J-3 Cub. That same year three buddies and I, luckily came up with $800.00 and bought a 1946 Taylor Craft, DC12D. This is the plane I had my first experience.
By 1954, I had worked my way into a 120 Cessna and started fishing with Papa Dias in Los Angeles Bay (Bahia De Los Angeles). In the next 10 years, I climbed the aircraft ladder with a 170 Cessna, a Tripacer, and a 182 Cessna Skylane, flying a single engine Cherokee, and finally moving into a twin engine Piper Aztec, C Model. The last 22 years I have been flying my 1977 Piper Aztec, F model. At present I have over 4000 hrs flying Aztecs. Over these years I have been in and out of every strip in the Baja that was safe enough. My main interests are (drop and have been) in flying, fishing, (drop water sports), and traveling with my Monaco Coach. At the same time I also love sharing my experiences by building my own web site.
My son, Jerry and his Cessna 206. It was stolen while parked and locked in Mexico.
Jerry hitch hiking home form Mexico after his Cessna 206 was stolen.
|We caught these 2 beauties in 2 hours. Those were the good old days.|
This was my Mom and my Dad's first trip in 1958 to Rancho Buena Vista, east cape of Baja. I finally convinced him to learn to fly when he was 49 years old. My mother got her wings 3 years later at 50