Jerry Griggs is from Goddard, Kansas and his favoriteÂ taildragger is his 1937Â Aeronca K. This is an amazing little compilation of Jerry’s random reasons he loves his Aeronca K!
#1Â I get to fly it out of my back yard. Â It is a rare Aeronca, less than a dozen still flying. Â People always ask, “What type of Cub is that?”
#2Â I’ve known of this Aeronca since 1969, been flying it since 1974 and owned it since 1980.
#3Â I built up the wings myself as the original wing ribs were in sad shape. I fabricated the wing ribs from spruce while in Saudi Arabia. Â When returned to the USA I slipped the ribs over the spars along with new leading edge skins and fabric.
#4Â It is part of the family.
#5Â One year I parked it in the front yard as a Christmas decoration complete with lights on it. Â A motorist stopped by while I was near the mailbox and told me my decor looked great. Â He stated, Â “For a while I thought it was a real airplane.”
#6Â TAG Aviation International chose my photo of the Aeronca for their company Christmas Card several years ago.
#7Â The Aeronca has carried about 100 EAA Young Eagles.
#8Â I soloed two 16 year old girls in it. Â Their first solos were exactly 24 hours apart.
I’ve mentored two boys with it, Noel de los Santos, who is now a USAF crew chief on F-16’s (sorry, no photo) and Alex Gertsma through BigBrothersBigSisters where I was his big brother match.
This is Alex working on the Aeronca in exchange for flights. Â Alex graduated from college, finished his Master’s degree in France and is now in France as an Intern for Airbus on the A300 Beluga heavylifter team.
Alex and I were matched about six years.