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Marquardt honored

Town renames airport for former mayor, local aviation pioneer


October 18, 2018

Zach Spadt

John Marquardt smiles as he receives a standing ovation at a ceremony honoring his service to Pine Bluffs and its airport Friday, October 12. The Pine Bluffs Town Council recently voted to change the name of Pine Bluffs Municipal Airport to John K. Marquardt Field at Pine Bluffs Municipal Airport.

Everyone has a story involving John Marquardt - and many took place in a small airplane.

Take Alex Davison for example.

Davison learned to fly at the instruction of Marquardt in 1984.

One day the young aviation student was reviewing emergency procedures with Marquardt, specifically, what to do in the event of an engine failure:

Check your magnetos, switch back and forth between fuel tanks if applicable.

And finally, if all else fails, look for a place to land.

"That's all well and good but what if this happens in the dark, because I'm going to be flying at night," Davison remembers ask...

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