Texas pilot stops at Richard Downing Airport

| August 1, 2012

Jared Calvert, left, a pilot from Ranger, Texas, stopped at Coshocton’s Richard Downing Airport last Wednesday evening, achieving another step in his goal to visit all 48 continental United States. Pictured with Calvert is Airport Administrator Bethel Toler. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

Jared Calvert, left, a pilot from Ranger, Texas, stopped at Coshocton’s Richard Downing Airport this evening, achieving another step in his goal to visit all 48 continental United States. Pictured with Calvert is Airport Administrator Bethel Toler. Calvert is flying a 1946 Piper Cub and has visited 19 states thus far. Calvert said landing at Richard Downing was “unplanned, but I love the town, love the airport. It’s one of the nicest I’ve seen on my trip.” Calvert’s next stop was going to be in the state of West Virginia. He said he has stayed at airports, in cars and even in people’s houses that he didn’t even know, but mostly in houses. “It’s nice to not have a plan – that was my goal,” he said. “I’ve had some great times on this trip; I went deep sea diving off the coast of South Carolina and caught some Mahi. A pilot just invited me to go with him. Pilots are some of the best people around. I toured the Jack Daniel’s plant and flew by the St. Louis Arch. I’ve also flown through the Blue Ridge Mountains at Asheville, N.C. and had deep fried corn on the cob in Asheville. The food has been amazing on the trip. Believe it or not, the best Cajun’ food was in Iowa of all places.” You can follow Calvert’s adventure on his website at www.rangerairfield.org.

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