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January 2000, Barbara and I moved from Atlanta to Tulsa, OK to take
over publishing a local monthly aviation newspaper known as The
newspaper had been founded in the early 1980s by a good friend of
mine, Joe Cunningham, who was very well known and loved in Oklahoma
aviation circles. Joe and his wife Mary Kelly were instrumental in
transforming a sleepy, rocky landing strip on the shore of Lake Tenkiller,
about twenty miles south of Tahlequah, OK, into a beautiful and popular
airpark community, the Tenkiller Airpark. Joe managed the airport
and Mary, a CFI, taught many local folks to fly.
Mary died in a plane crash in 1998. After losing his beloved, Joe
lasted another year, succumbing to a heart attack in the spring of
1999. With Joe gone, The Oklahoma Aviator ceased publication,
seemingly forever. However, about six months later, we obtained approval
of Joe's heirs to become the new publishers, printing our first issue
in January 2000 and moving toTulsa a few months later.
published The Oklahoma Aviator monthly from January 2000 through
July 2004, at which time we moved out of state. When we left, we transferred
ownership of the paper to Earl Downs, a well-known aviation writer
and one of our regular contributors. Earl continued publication until
sometime in 2011, by which time real-time Internet news had rendered
specialized monthly print publications obsolete.
page provides links to a table of contents document and PDF copies
of all Oklahoma Aviator issues we published; each issue is
text searchable in Adobe Acrobat.