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Wed, Jul 13, 2005

Ever Wanted To Build A Runway?

Now's Your Chance!

Lee Bottom Flying Field in Hanover, Indiana is expanding and invites you to help. The management was well on their way to completion of a runway extension project when disaster struck.

Lee Bottom is known to many as a hot spot for vintage and classic aviation. The airport recently gained approval for a runway extension that would give the aviation community a 4000+ grass landing strip. Unfortunately, after spending a month preparing 20 new acres of earth and four full days spreading two tons of grass seed, they found themselves in the middle of a drought.

That was followed by an absolute cloudburst. Two hours after the "monsoon" started, every single grass seed was lost and on its way to New Orleans (down the Ohio River). Since the airport has experience dealing with freak losses, (snow collapsed a hangar this past winter crushing two aircraft), they decided to make something positive out of it.

Lee Bottom Flying Field is offering every enthusiast a chance to help build a runway by contributing one bag of grass seed. Specifically, for a $50 contribution, (the price of one 50 lb bag of seed), you will get your name on their website as builders of the new runway.

If every bag, 80 in all, is sold, then your name will go on a plaque to memorialize all those that "Built This Runway." The plaque will be placed in a conspicuous area so that all may see the names of the people who love aviation and wanted to see an airport grow instead of disappear. But wait, there's more! You will also get a piece of the seed bag to display so everyone at home will know you "built a runway."

Ginger Davidson, co-operator of the field says, "Every day someone flies in here and asks us the question, 'Is there any way I could help?'

"When our latest natural disaster hit, we realized this would be the perfect opportunity for people to take an active part in building a runway and it would be something they could be proud of and have fun with."

FMI: www.leebottom.com

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