Photo courtesy of John O. Yokie and the Experimental Aircraft Association.
the bottom up, as would any experienced car-
penter. He and his buddies buried four forty-
foot-long poles, most likely lodgepole pine
soaked in creosote that Ray bought cheaply,
and placed them in a perfect square and be-
gan framing in each floor, starting thirty feet
off the ground with the control room. The idea
for the airport was to give Ray's Experimental
Aircraft Association cronies a place to build,
test, and fly their handmade craft. It seemed
only fair that he ask EAA members to lend
hangar, which they did, until most realized
the enormous amount of work.
the site. Ray carefully placed the camper atop
an abandoned concrete stoop, which was
once the porch of a burned down farm house.
For months, Ray and Mary spent weekends
living out of the camper. Each Saturday, a
ragtag crew of friends and pilots and the oc-
casional professional tradesman showed up
and spent the day digging holes or bolting