Kids paid 5 pounds of rags for an airplane ride

In 1942, the airport was named Walker Field for the newspaper publisher who was a strong backer. During World War II, hundreds of Army and Navy cadets received basic flight training at Walker Field from Eddie Drapela. Photo by professional photographer Frank Dean.



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In 1942, the airport was named Walker Field for the newspaper publisher who was a strong backer. During World War II, hundreds of Army and Navy cadets received basic flight training at Walker Field from Eddie Drapela. Photo by professional photographer Frank Dean.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Rigg, a Mesa County native, ophthalmologist and flying enthusiast, grew up in the 1930s and 1940s, along with western Colorado’s developing flight…




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