tue dec 11, 2018

RRSW Fall Gathering 2018

A big think you to Brenda and Larry LaForce for hosting the RRSW Fall Flyin at Mount Pleasant October 5-7, 2018. We all enjoyed each others friendship, flying, eating, wine touring, and touring the incredible Mid- America Flight Museum. Early arrivals made their way to Mt. Pleasant on Thursday evening. Friday the group flew out to Sulpher Springs for lunch at the Red Barn Cafe. Friday evening/ night we enjoyed a wine tour and dining at Los Pinos Winery in Pittsburg , TX.

Saturday's main event was to tour the Mid - America Flight Museum. Scott Glover has a wonderful collection of rare aircraft, and the hosts spent a lot of time with us touring the place. Lunch was catered at the museum. Saturday night's dinner was held at the host hotel and enjoyed by all. The weather Sunday morning was cloudy and rainy, but cleared about lunch time for most to depart for home.

Thank you to all who made the effort to attend.

sun sep 16, 2018

RRSW lunch at Graham, TX

The RRSW lunch at Graham, TX was almost thwarted because of weather. Several members just couldn't make it because of low ceilings and thunderstorms. We had 4 Swifts make it to lunch, and we had a great visit and BBQ. Hope to see everyone at Mt. Pleasant in a few weeks. Todd Bengston

mon aug 20, 2018

RRSW visits Fredericksburg, TX

The RRSW had a breakfast flyin at Fredericksburg, TX this past Saturday morning. 4 Swifts attended, but thanks to Ed Loyd and his family driving in, there were 14 people for breakfast at the Airport Diner. It was a beautiful , hot, summer morning in TX. Vernon Rooze flew in from Burnett TX. Jerry and Matt Cohen came from Denton TX. Regulars Wade and Terry Gillaspie arrived from Huntsvile TX and Todd Bengstron from Tyler TX. Ed Lloyds cousin had a bucket list item of wanting to perform a roll in an airplane. He was able to check that off his list.

fri aug 3, 2018

RRSW Fall Gathering 2018 news from our hosts

The RRSW Fall Gathering at Mount Pleasant Regional Airport (KOSA) will be here before we know it. Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, Oct. 5 - Saturday, Oct. 6 with early arrivals on Thursday, Oct. 4. We have several activities and events lined up for those interested. A special treat will be a tour of the Mid America Flight Museum owned by Scott Glover. He truly has a remarkable collection of vintage aircraft and it is steadily growing.

Please send in your pre-registration form for planning purposes and make your reservation at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Mt. Pleasant for the group discounted rate. Rates are $79 for a double queen or king standard or $89 for a king studio suite. 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.

We look forward to seeing everyone. Brenda and Larry LaForce

tue jun 12, 2018

More from Swift Nationals 2018

Our "official" RRSW photographer Todd Bengston took some wonderful photos of Swift Nationals 2018. Click on each photo for a larger version.

mon jun 11, 2018

Swift Nationals 2018

It was another fantastic Swift Nationals at McMinn County Airport in Tennessee with great airplanes, great people and great weather. We have many new Swift owners joining and new faces were everywhere. Among the highlights was a visit from Mark Baker, President and CEO of AOPA, who attended and took a ride in a Swift four-ship formation. Ben Wilson flew the photo ship with the AOPA photographer. Click here to view the AOPA article.

Paul Barnett kept his T-35 busy giving many rides. Robert Dickson also had his "Buckaroo" there which gave us three of the five flyable "Bucks" on the field at one time. Maintenance forums, ADS-B forums, and Parts forums were also well attended. Steve Wilson and the Parts Committee have been working hard to find vendors to produce some of the needed landing gear parts and some of the prototype parts were shown. We do need minimum orders for the production runs for some parts and that is being worked on.

Phases one, two, and three of the Swift Museum facility are now completed and "Paid For". Thank you Ken Coughlin for your generous donation allowing the final tasks to be completed. And in recognition, our RRSW Gloria Warden Memorial award was given this year to Ken Coughlin for his outstanding and tireless service to the Swift Community. And with the Museum construction and set up coming to a close, it is anticipated that future fund raising will once again be directed towards parts procurement to maintain our birds.

In other Swift Association news, all of the drawings and manuals have been digitized and we will be able to download them shortly. This will preserve those old paper drawings and everyone will have access to whatever they need. High definition paper drawings can also be produced for a small fee from the vendor.

In 2019, Swift Nationals will be held in the Kansas City area at the New Century airport (the old Olathe NAS) so ya'll (or is that Ya'lls) start planning to attend. In 2020, Nationals will once again return to Athens, TN.

Stan Price

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.

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 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.