Recreational Aviation Foundation
Ryan Field Montana Fly-In
by Glenn Brasch
I decided to escape the Arizona heat for a while this summer and head north to Montana, specifically the Glacier National Park area. Easy to do once you are retired, and even easier with the wife's permission. The bad part is no airplane, just a 4x4 Chevy truck and a camper, but at least I have my own bathroom. Anyway, I heard about this backcountry fly-in going on nearby at 2MT1, Ryan Field (not to be confused with KRYN of course), and decided to drive over. Sponsored by the Recreational Aviation Foundation, it was a little spot of heaven. The weather had been bad, and I really didn't expect to see much, but as I drove down the muddy 2 mile drive off of highway 2, I spotted a little Cub taking off behind the trees. Upon arrival, there were about a dozen planes parked facing a beautiful grass runway. The facility was beautiful, and I was met by the friendliest people I had seen in a while (not to mean all these great people in Montana are not friendly). I was given a tour and history lesson by Jo. She is a highly praised volunteer of the organization, and met Paul who lives on the property. I have to say that when I told people I was from Arizona, the first words out of their mouths were, "Do you know Mark and Stefanie Spencer?" They were expected, but got hung up by bad weather (at least when I was there) and were sorely missed. If you’re ever in the area of West Glacier, Montana, drop into this wonderful place! They even have a courtesy car you can use to check out the area, but make sure you get the mandatory safety briefing first from the RAF website.
Glenn Brasch KRYN (the "other" Ryan)