Friday, June 06, 2014

Berg Air at Madras Municipal Airport

 Sharyn had researched the area around our current home at Mountain View RV Park and found a blurb about the history of the Airport at Madras.

When we arrived I was struck by this inspiring sight...

...looking over the top of this airplane helped my mind see...

... an image of seeing Mount Jefferson from the air and a glimpse of why pilots love to fly.

Originally known as Madras Army Air Field, this was a World War II Army Air Corps training base for B-17 Flying Fortress and Bell P-63 Kingcobras. today we saw the Lockheed PV-2 Neptune 148360 previously housed at Tillamook Air Museum, Oregon

It is a sleek and graceful looking airplane especially with Mount Hood as a backdrop.

 There were other large planes lined up in a row behind the Neptune...

 ... in front of one of the old hangers... well as some nice looking smaller aircraft.

Inside the offices Tracy Berg the owner of Berg Air invited us to visit share a coffee and wander around

 The office held many interesting flying related memorabilia...

 ... I liked the prop above the reception desk...

... and the relaxed atmosphere of the fireplace den setting.

The offices also had many photos on the wall like this historic photo of a group of aviators and their parrot (try to find the parrot if you can)

 There are also great shots taken at the airfield during their own annual airshow ...

 ... held in August.

The airfield at Berg Air is very special and Tracy was a great help showing us around and describing their operation. I did meet Tracy's husband another part of their family team. Can like them here on Facebook or visit their website at

Thought for the Day ~ "To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. But to fly is everything." ~ Otto Lilienthal

Note:  Otto Lilienthal (23 May 1848 – 10 August 1896) was a German pioneer of aviation who became known as the Glider King. He was the first person to make well-documented, repeated, successful gliding flights. 

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