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Offbeat Oregon History – Central Oregon’s pioneer aviators weren’t afraid to take risks

PIONEER CENTRAL OREGON AVIATOR TED BARBER IN THE PILOT'S SEAT OF HIS TRUSTY WACO 9. Photo provided/Ted Barber

Part of the problem with owning and operating the only flight school in town in the 1920s and 1930s was, every time one of your students slapped together some home-built piece of kit, you'd be expected to help get it in the air.
At least, that seems to have been how it worked for Ted Barber, owner of Bend Flying Service and Central Oregon's first commercial aviator . . .

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