Air Force plane at Medford
April 6, 2013
Who are these two men near a biplane with a flyer for the Airshow in 1969.
photo by Kenn Knackstedt
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In my last comment, I said Dick’s last name began with an R. It just came to me that his last name was Houston. Not sure of the spelling, but think this is right. Also, Jerry left Medford and went up to Alaska to be a bush plane pilot.
Thanks for remembering Jerry Wruck’s name, Fred. I finally got up to Alaska in 1980 after I got my ATP, but maybe Jerry had left by then. I started flying for Bush Air, Inc., out in Bethel, and then came back to civilization and became an aviation insurance underwriter for USAIG/United States Aviation Underwriters and flew all over the entire state conducting aviation insurance underwriting inspections out of the Anchorage office. Alaska aviation is a small world — especially in aviation insurance — and just about every Alaskan’s Pilot History form crossed my desk up there, but I don’t recall bumping into Jerry up there. I wonder where he is now, or where that beautiful Meyers OTW is these days . . .
The owner of this Meyers was Jerry Wruck, the one without helmet. The other person was Dick, and I can’t remember his last name. Dick was a local radio host and was the announcer for some of the early air shows that the local EAA Chapter 319 put on in Medford during the 70’s. I do remember Dick’s last name started with an R.
I can’t remember the name of the owner (I DO recall he was a really nice guy, as most pilots are), but the biplane — which he usually kept hangared in Ashland around 1967 through 1969 when I was going to college and flying my Taylorcraft there — is a very rare Meyers OTW, built in hopes of capturing a military contract for trainers, but was never adopted. It had a Kinner 5-cylinder 160 horsepower radial engine with a VERY unique sound to it.
Here’s a Wikipedia link on the Meyers OTW and its variously-powered models: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meyers_OTW
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