tue may 8, 2018

RRSW Fly in to Huntsville, TX


The RRSW fly in to Huntsville TX was another big successs. The weather was marginal at the start of the day but improved as they day went on. 6 Swifts made the trip as well as some Swifters arriving in a C140 and others by car. Many thanks to our hosts Wade and Terry Gillaspie for their wonderful hospitality.

tue may 1, 2018

RRSW Fall Gathering 2018 Pre-registration


Its time to mark your calendars, book your hotel and return the pre-registration form.

Mark your calendars now for the RRSW Fall Gathering scheduled for October 2018. Thanks to Larry and Brenda LaForce, planning is well underway for our Fall Gathering. This year it will be held at Mount Pleasant Regional Airport (KOSA) in Mount Pleasant Texas on Friday and Saturday October 5 & 6 with early arrivals on Thursday October 4.

The hotel will be the Mount Pleasant Hampton Inn and Suites. Rates are $79 for a double queen or king standard or $89 for a king studio suite. Book your room now at www.mountpleasantsuites.hamptoninn.com . Once you have selected your arrival and departure dates, click on "Add Special Rate Codes" and enter "RRW" under the Group Code. If you would like to call the hotel directly just mention the Red River Swift Wing.

Please also complete the pre-registration form and return to Brenda LaForce as soon as possible. The mailing address is on the form or email to bklaforce@gmail.com. Pre-registering will help Brenda and Larry complete their planning.

thu apr 12, 2018

Only 100 days to EAA Airventure 2018


Its hard to believe but EAA Airventure, or more affectionately known as just Oshkosh, is only 100 days away. As always, your RRSW President, Steve Wilson has taken the lead in getting us some dedicated Swift type club parking in the Vintage area. If you are thinking of bringing your Swift to Oshkosh, even if you are not sure at this point, please send Steve an email at stevewlson@aol.com. Its not a committment, just an indication but it helps Steve get a rough idea of how many spaces he needs. Hope to see you all there.

thu mar 1, 2018

2018 RRSW Events


Its been a cold and wet winter in many parts of the country and particularly so in Texas, home of the RRSW. But spring is just around the corner so its time to prepare the Swift and get ready for the 2018 RRSW fly-in season. We have many events planned throughout the year culminating of course with the RRSW Fall Gathering in Mount Pleasant, TX.

  Apr 21   Tyler, TX (KTYR)
  May 5   Huntsville, TX (KUTS)
  Jun 5-9   Swift Nationals, Athens, TN (KMMI)
  Jul 23-29   EAA Airventure, Oshkosh, WI (KOSH)
  Aug 18   Fredericksburg, TX (T82)
  Sep 15   Graham, TX (KRPH)
  Oct 5-6   RRSW Fall Gathering, Mount Pleasant, TX (KOSA)

The events at Tyler, Huntsville, Fredericksburg and Graham are planned for lunch so an arrival between 1000-1100 is anticipated but subject to confirmation closer to the event.

And while these are the RRSW events for the year there are many other Swift fly-ins around the country including at Cottage Grove, OR on Jul 13-14 and at Westover Field, CA on Sep 27-29. These are wonderful opportunities for the RRSW to venture outside the center of the country. Click here for photos of last years RRSW adventure to Westover.

wed feb 21, 2018

Formation Flying


Many Swift owners enjoy formation flying with their Swifts and fly-ins such as the RRSW Fall Gathering are perfect opportunities to learn and practice. But good training is essential; both ground school and inflight and ongoing practice is important to maintain skill levels. Formation flying is all about safety, attitude, standardization, thorough pre-flight briefing and rigorous and open post flight debriefing but the challenge of doing it well is its own reward. If there is sufficient interest, it may be possible to have a formation ground school at this years Fall Gathering at Mount Pleasant.


Video courtesy of Sam Swift

tue dec 12, 2017

Stan Price looks back in time - Part 4


In this ongoing series, Stan Price continues to look at historical articles that feature the Swift. Back in 1998, Swift guru Jim Montague penned 2 articles for EAA's Vintage magazine. They are reprinted here with permission with a forward from Stan.

Click here for the previous parts of this series by Stan.

tue aug 15, 2017

RRSW at Westover 2017

Back in June, 10 Swifts from the RRSW, most from LA and TX, made the trip west to the Swift West Coast Fly in at Westover Field, California. Of course getting there was a big part of the adventure but many also fullfilled a dream of flying their Swifts over the Golden Gate bridge. Todd Bengston was part of the group and as always, Todd captured some wonderful photos of the event. Click here for more.

fri aug 4, 2017

Stan Price reports on EAA AirVenture 2017


All Smiles at KOSH 2017

It was another great year at KOSH for the RRSW and all Swifters. Steve Wilson did an excellent job working with the EAA Vintage parking folks and we had our favorite two rows which eventually held 16 Swifts. Click here for more.

thu mar 9, 2017

March Newsletter


Here is the latest RRSW news from our Editor, Todd Bengtson. Click here for the March Newsletter.