History of DGA Aviation
DGA is a twist on Benny Howard's designation for his racers. The first
one he built in 1930 won many air races. After his racing success he started
building them to sell as DGA-10, -11, -12, -14, and -15. Did you notice?
No DGA-13! The letters DGA stood for Damn Good Airplane. The letters for
our little group stand for Damn Good Association. And, so it is, a Damn
DGA Aviation started as a loose association of
three pilots--Rod Farley, Stan Lawrence, and Bruce Walters--in 1993. The
main purpose was to share hangar costs of a newly acquired hangar. Stan
talked Rod into buying a Cessna 140, then taught him how to fly it. Bruce
was restoring his RV-1. Stan was flying a Culver Cadet. The first contract
was drawn up in 1995, and the stated purpose of the Association was as follows:
"This group is formed for the sole purpose of having fun." Individually,
we were limited to owning one or maybe two airplanes each. By pooling our
resources, we could buy, hangar, and maintain as many different airplanes
as could possibly fit into the hangars.
Over the years, many people
have been a part of this Damn Good Association, including: Stan Lawrence,
Rod Farley, Bruce Walters, Carl Stolnacke, Max Bandi, Jeff Barnes, Kevin
Black, Scott Monroe, Nick Leonard, Larry Warren, Tom Culling, Mark Zukowski,
Norman Champ, Nancy Trugeon, Tony Machado, Kim Ioanidis, Tim Redden, Sue
Wiseman, Cimone Nunley, Glenn Davis, Tom Ishii, Dale Morris, Joe Marquering,
Greg Smith, Emmet Welch, Steve Lightstone, Scott Collins and Jim
|Over the years we have had the following aircraft in our group, in order of acquisition:|
- Culver Cadet LFA "Charlie"
- Piper Apache
- Cessna 140
- Globe Swift (125)
- Vans/Lawrence/Farley RV-4
- Jungster II
- Cessna 140 (another one)
- Beechcraft P35 Bonanza
- Mooney M20E
- Starduster I
- Vans/Wassom RV-6A "Ketchup & Mustard"
- Starduster II
- KR II
- Luscombe 8A
- Cassutt Racer
- Globe Swift (145)
- Thorpe T-18
- Mustang II
- Smyth Sidewinder
- Vans/Lawrence RV-4 "Speedy"
- Culver Cadet LCA "Charlie II"
- Vans/Lawrence RV-8A
- Vans/Leonard RV-10
- Vans/Richburg RV-6A "Peanut"
- Boeing Stearman N2S-5
- Rans S-9 Chaos
- Rans S-7S Courier
- Cessna 150L "Bumblebee"
- Piper J-3 Cub (under restoration)
- Cessna 172F
- Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche "Twinkie"
- Vans RV-12
- Beechcraft S35 Bonanza
- Piper PA-24-250 Comanche
- Globe Swift GC-1B (180)
- Cessna 190 Businessliner "Orange Whip"
- Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon
- Cessna 180 "Scruffwagon"
- Lancair 360 Mk2
- Cessna 172K (under restoration)