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Dick Starks

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Dick Starks has written two books about the joy of flying; “You Want To Build And Fly A What?” and “Fokkers At Six O’clock!!” He was the recipient of Flying’s 2001 Bax Seat Award “for perpetuating the Gordon Baxter tradition of communicating the excitement and romance of flight.” Dick and his wife, Sharon, both fly WW-I replica aircraft.

The Dawn Patrol

Five bottles and counting.

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Good things come in threes.

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Road trip.

Raising the Misery Bar

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Take time to peel a banana.

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Know when to hold em, know when to fold em.

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Triumphs and disastrophes.

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Carburetor confusion.

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After all, this is a hobby.

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The dropped tool disastrophe.

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