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Beech River
Regional Airport

1600 Mount Ararat Rd.
Darden, TN 38328

Phone: (731) 845-5740
[email protected]

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Pilot of the Month

Louie Lacy

Louie's first flight was at the age of 16 with Mr. Boen in Lexington, TN. Louie's mother was terrified of flying and didn't want him to fly. However, he says his mother always said he was "imprinted" to be a pilot due to all the bombers that flew overhead in this area during WWII.

After high school, Louie went to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs for 4 years. Then to Del Rio, TX for pilot training. From there, he was assigned to fly a C-7 Caribou in Vietnam for a year. Once back in the states, he flew a C-131 Convair 340 in Sacramento, CA for 3 years. Then to Randolph AFB in San Antonio, TX for a year.

After the military, Louie flew for Southern Air Lines which then merged with Republic and was later bought by Northwest Air Lines. He flew DC-9's. He has approximately 26,000 flight hours of which most are in DC-9's. He currently owns a Wheeler Express and is finishing up a PA-12. Louie started building the Express in 1991 and finished it in 2000. He has approximately 1100 flight hours in the Express.
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