as easy to spot a weak link, a bottleneck, a
critical component so fragile a break is in-
evitable, predictable, often happening as you
watch, though happening so gradually no one
the verge of shattering. Yet for all its faults, I
secretly wanted the airport. It was possible
I simply desired a colossal new challenge.
Whatever the reason, I wanted it. I told my-
self that with enough resources and enough
engineering and enough oversight, this small
thriving corporate jet center that would be
the showcase of Austin aviation. Much of the
airport was unsalvageable, but that didn't
keep me from visualizing a new runway and
hangars and a terminal building, and it was
hard to imagine an obstacle large enough to
keep me from bringing the vision to reality.
Its realization was only possible as the result
of a total commitment of funding and a sin-
gle-minded focus of inexorable persistence,
patience, and dedication.
foreground and sunshade hanger in the background. Photo courtesy of Jim Craig.