My love affair with 3985-Foxtrot

Frank NeSmith

N-3985F is the number of a flying machine – a beautiful blue and white Cessna 172. It was in that very plane that Verl Stevens finally said these fateful words to me: “Frank, land and stop’er in the middle of the runway and let me out. Take it around the pattern, then land and stop where I’m standing.”

Frank NeSmith, Columnist

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