Wed, Jul 13, 2005
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
"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."
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