About the Duke Flyers Association
The first talk of an association started with Ellett Lawrence, P-538 when we (Jim and Marge Gorman) were at Duke School in Wichita, KS prior to taking delivery of N410G P-596 on April 10, 1983.
We procrastinated until we met Bill Passey at Mesa, AZ airport. Like a lot of us he noticed our landing and came over to see another Duke. Over dinner that evening we thought it might be worth a try to form some sort of a loose organization with the purpose of helping each other fly and maintain this great airplane.
Upon returning home an owners list was secured from AOPA and a first mailing went out in June 1988. 80 people replied in the affirmative and with dues of $25.00 we were on our way. By the time of our first fly-in at Mansfield, OH we had 165 members and $3,400 in the bank. 22 Dukes arrived for that first fly-in.
Ellett Lawrence our first President designed our letterhead and membership cards (both still in use). Bill Passey, Vice President; Marge Gorman, Secretary and Treasurer; Jim Gorman, Newsletter were also elected. Interesting enough both Ellett and Bill later bought King Airs. We have issued over 1000 memberships and average over 300 members on a yearly basis. Of the first 100 members, 20 are still members 23 years later.
About the Beechcraft Duke
The first Beechcraft Duke was delivered in August of 1968. The Duke (BE60) quickly proved to be a superior performer with 2 380 hp Lycomming TIO-541 Direct Drive engines, a six place cabin pressurized for high altitude comfort. The A and B model were subsequently produced with minor improvements. The last Duke was produced in 1982 after a run of 596 airplanes. There are some 411 still flying. The Duke is fast, comfortable, quiet, and extremely stable. The Duke performs as well or better than any other aircraft in its class.
The Annual Fly-Ins
Each year the Duke Flyers have held an annual fly-in with the help of our member-sponsors. The fly-ins offer members the oppotunity to socialize, learn, and build closer ties with other Duke flyers.
List of Annual Fly-Ins
|1990||Mesa, AZ||Bill Passy|
|1991||Centennial, CO||Kooi's and Bacons|
|1992||Corpus Christie, TX||Bruce James|
|1993||Mesa, AZ||Bill Passy|
|1994||San Jose, CA||Greg Jellinek|
|1995||St. Louis, MO||Larry Moskoff|
|1996||Centennial, CO||Ron Knudson, Kooi's and Bacons|
|1998||Kansas City, MO||Gerry Fischer, Jim Foreman|
|1999||Colorado Springs, CO||Uhalts|
|2000||Rockford, IL||Larry O'Connor|
|2001||(Cancelled due to 9/11)|
|2002||Sault Ste Marie, MI||Ron Comeault|
|2003||San Diego, CA||Bill Black, Shakre Razook, Bill Passy|
|2004||Lexington, KY||Kevin Scully, Roger Storch|
|2005||Wichita, KS||Beech Airport, Olsons, Gormans|
|2006||Centennial, CO||Ron Knudson, Kooi's|
|2007||Chino, CA||Copenbargers and Uhalts|
|2008||Dayton, OH||Olsons and Gormans|
|2009||Lake Tahoe, CA||Greg Jellinek|
|2010||Waukesha, WI||Dane Scag|
|2011||Santa Fe, NM||Debbie and Al Uhalt|
|2012||Brunswick, Maine||Ab Fuoss|
|2013||Duluth, MN||Matth Opack, Kent and Jim Rhude|
|2014||Tullahoma TN (Planned)|