ing the word about the user-friendly airport
north of Austin. Ray's hook: He'd take along
one of his airplanes.
to Lester E. Palmer Auditorium for a kind of
business trade show.
whole plane back together. Ray went to the
washroom and scrubbed grease off his hands,
ready now to sell his little patch of heaven
and button up the deal with a firm handshake
bing up, JB hung a banner from the wing that
read, "Learn to Fly."
had a way of drawing people in, of making
them crazy for the thrill and freedom of flight.
One of those people was Dave Mandot.
self into the happy mix of flyers and jumpers
around Christmas 1975, a kid fresh out of col-
of one of Bird's Nest's Cessna 150L training aircraft. Photo courtesy of Dave Mandot.