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American Bonanza Society Magazine

Patience Pays Off 1972 F33A N6DH (CE-397)

Rob Olmstead, Yuma, Arizona

Having three older brothers who were significantly older than me, it was easy to idolize each of them. I dreamed of nothing more than to follow in their footsteps. It was a tall order to be sure since they were a National Park Service ranger, a fireman, and a Navy pilot. At age nine, little did I know that I would to some degree accomplish just that: follow in each of their footsteps. Thanks to an Air Explorer program in the 1970s, I learned to fly gliders, airplanes, and eventually helicopters. Years later I would find myself dropping water on wildland fires and doing aerial support work for several national parks in the Pacific Northwest.