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AUSTIN EXECUTIVE AIRPORT
A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
R
on
W. H
enRiksen
Chapter 2
1967. Bird's Nest Airport's new flight office and pole house partially constructed sheathed in tar paper.
Photo courtesy of John O. Yokie and the Experimental Aircraft Association.
It's Not About Easy
To make the project more difficult, he built
each floor from the top down rather than from
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
a hand constructing the tower and attached
hangar, which they did, until most realized
the enormous amount of work.
Just before breaking ground, Ray and
Mary moved an aging truck camper out to
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