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Mr. Ronnie Mitchell, Director

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John Siems, through his flying career, reflects the extraordinary efforts needed to get Nebraska aviation—literally—"off the ground." Siems received his pilot's license in 1930, one of the first 4,000 in the nation. He managed the Columbus, Nebraska airport where, as a barnstormer and aerial acrobat, he caught the public's attention, then taught them to fly. In 1940 Siems started the Fremont, Nebraska airport. World War II interrupted his civilian career, but not his flying. He taught more than 2,000 students in Cadet Pilot Training School. After the war Siems returned to Fremont and qualified as a flight examiner. He worked untiringly on the development of the airport and the Fremont community until his retirement in 1970.

 

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