Doc Haile

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User: Brittany klappenbach - 2/20/2016

Location: Haile Airport

Rating: 5stars



That's really sad that they tore the hangar down. I hope someone saved the wall with the painted rules. Haile Airport was owned by my great-grandfather Rudolph "Doc" Haile. He was a fantastic person to grow up with. He and my great-grandmother were tough as nails, having survived through the depression, and many other trials. He used to give flying instructions here, and was nearly killed when a student tried to commit suicide via plane crash once. It damaged his knee badly, but he survived. There are so many stories in my family about this time period. He sold the airport in the 40s and bough several hundred acres of land in Gorman to become a rancher. I grew up visiting them in Gorman where we would spend parts of our summers on great adventures, and jumping out of the big oak into the leaf piles, and riding around on the big tractor in Granddaddy's lap. I had the best grandparents....miss them terribly, even 20+ years later after they all started passing away.

I only got to visit the airport once as an adult, but it was obviously a nursery by then. I should've been more diligent about contacting the owners and seeing about keeping some mementos before it was destroyed. Big regret there.

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