Sleights of Humble Pie

PORT CLINTON — Local aviation enthusiast and Ford Tri-Motor historian, David Hirt gets a seat at the table with the beautiful, accomplished aviatrix and former airline captain, Julie Clark. Hirt dodges a knife, and a daredevil waitress saves his life.

The Skyline Diner

SALEM — A fine meal at a small airport usually means a vending machine with two kinds of candy and a nearby pot of hot coffee. Someone forgot to mention this to Mike Pidgeon and his family. On a good day, they are serving a home-cooked breakfast and lunch to 450 guests—and you can park your airplane at the door. With flight training, a maintenance shop and the cheapest fuel for miles, Salem’s Skypark airport is almost heaven.

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