Larry grew up across the street from Felts Field and swept hangars as a youngster in exchange for airplane rides. He was working as a Northern Pacific Railroad brakeman in the early ‘60’s when he first learned to learned to fly.
Larry landed his first aviation job with the Flying Tiger line in 1965 but quickly moved to TWA where he spent 32 years eventually retiring as a Boeing 767 Captain.
Larry, also affectionately known as “The Mayor of Felts Field,” is active in Felts operations and is Past President, Past Treasure and current Vice-President of SATA (Spokane Airports Tenants Association). He’s also an advisor to Spokane Airports CEO Larry Krauter. Their collective effort resolved the recent “National Control Tower” crisis. He is among the founders of “Neighbor Day” and is active in the EAA Young Eagles Program. He often opens his hanger to children’s’ organizations that are committed to promoting aviation. Larry and his colleagues also donate their time and aircraft to provide “Missing Man” formations to civic events and other flying demonstrations.
Larry has been a long-time supporter of Honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum and does not hesitate to arrange for private aircraft – including his own 1942 Stearman “Kaydet” – to help promote Honor Point.