We did some work for Comet Electronics which was owned by the Kansas City Southern railroad. They liked our company so much, that they bought the company and moved it to the Fairfax airport. One year I was sent on a flight to New Orleans. I was to follow the railroads from the Kansas City Southern railroad yard back to Kansas City. On this flight I was to take pictures of all the passing tracks along the way. I never quite knew what the purpose of this flight was, but it took several days to fly both ways and it was a fun flight.
company, we then became Comet Aviation. We moved into a large hanger on the Fairfax airport in Kansas. The hanger had a very large two story building attached to it and our operation expanded overnight. When Comet bought Executive Helicopters, we became a full fledged Fixed Base Operation.
|Hannibal Bridge near the downtown airport|
During one of the colder winter months, the ice flow in the Missouri river caused several large barges to break loose from their moorings. The barges were threatening some damage to one of the bridge piers near the airport. This very same thing happened in the winter of 1951. I met with a worker from the barge company and I flew him out over the river and landed the helicopter 0n one of the barges. He then attached a line to the drifting barges and they were then secured to the shore.