|By Mark Nankivil|
From the parking lot, you look off to the north to a sea of aircraft and parts ranging from single engine Cessna, Piper, and Beechcraft hulks and miscellaneous others to portions of airliners such as 737s and DC-9s. Even modern types like the ATR-42, Dornier Do-328 Jet and Embraer ERJ190 can be found. Biz Jets abound, with various models of the Gulfstream series, Bombardier Global Express, Lockheed JetStar and smaller types such as Lears, Falcons, Beech 400s and a few Raytheon Premiers. Even helicopters are accounted for in the inventory along with U.S. Coast Guard HU-25s (specialized Falcon 20) representing retired military aircraft types. The variety of types was astonishing and fascinating, making for a challenging aircraft ID quiz as we walked thru the storage areas.
Our visit to Dodson led to a visit across the road to a private airfield which is home to a Lockheed Lodestar, three Douglas C-54s (DC-4), a Convair C-131 and a Douglas DC-3. T two of the three C-54s still have their drop doors from their fire fighting days. The C-131 has faded markings from its days with the Montana air National Guard and the DC-3 is totally devoid of any markings on the outside. A very interesting place to visit.
The Aero Experience wishes to thank Donielle Dodson for her time and energy allowing us to really take in all of the aircraft.