Sunday, February 5, 2012

Stow's Minute Man Field defies conventional thinking


What's this? Another good story about aviation? Don't worry. The usual suspects on Van's Air Force and other aviation forums won't be posting this and commenting that "the media never tells positive stories about aviation."

It's in today's Boston Globe and it's about the marvelous Stow Airport, which isn't far from the ancestral homeland. Add it to your list of fun places to fly to, stop at the on-field restaurant and bitch about the media.
The airport in Stow was a grass landing strip in 1966 when Paul McPherson, an inventor who loved to fly, bought the land and renamed it Minute Man Air Field.

The new airport opened in 1969 as a family business. McPherson’s son, Don, then 23, paved the runway and began to manage the airport. His wife, Peg, opened a coffee shop called Peg’s Place, where their daughter also worked.


After just three years, Paul died in an airplane crash, probably caused by a heart attack, in Acton. Don McPherson took over and still owns and runs the airport, which is now home to a second runway, several flight-training schools, a bakery, a printing company, and more than 60 planes and helicopters. His wife, Nancy, runs a restaurant that serves vegetables, meat, cheese, and other products from local farms. On the weekends, Don is a host at Nancy’s Air Field CafĂ©.

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