Who Case: 325
I am Warren Eaton’s Son. Grant Eaton. Former Owner of T-28 D Fennec N9102Z back when Max was still alive. also based at Ft. Collins/ Loveland Colorado when my father flew it for Colorado State University’s High Altitude Atmospheric Research Program.
My father and step mother bought it from the University when the cloud seeding program was suddenly cut after the 1st Big Thompson Flood.. My father owned a High Altitude Photography Company based in Greeley, Ft. Collins Downtown Airpark and Loveland Colorado.
We flew it along with Max in his P-51 “Boomer” at air shows.
We hung out at Darrels doing maintenance and rebuilding Warbirds.
I flew with Max several times as he was among the few my dad trusted around me.
For awhile my dad worked for Max as well.
We also used to own Cessna 180 N3655C.
Both planes where used for my fathers Aviation Photography Businesss
It was bought from the previous owner at the Ft. Collins Downtown Airpark
I knew Max from the late 1960’s through until his death.
I was also friends with “Chuck “ Easton of Easton’s Crop Dusters out at Lasalle, Colorado.
My father flew skydivers back then based at the Easton Airfield in both our plane and a C-182 owned by Chuck.
Chuck passed after complications caused by the chemicals after a crop dusting accident he had before his death.
His older son Robert and I are friends but don’t talk much.
Because our last name is so close many thought we was all related.
Chuck used to own and fly a TBM Avenger himself.
He was a wild character and yet just like R.A.Bob Hoover was also a perfect gentleman.
Bob Hoover let me run his P-51 at Oshkosh Only because Max and my father vouched for me.
Max and my father and my brother and myself flew together from Oshkosh back to Ft. Collins after a show.
Boomer had a slower cruise speed then my fathers T-28 because ours was a Fennec with the bigger Powerplant..
It also had a higher service ceiling then Boomers.
It is now owned by a pilot in New Hampshire I think.
I can tell you many tales of Max and others back then.
Max sold Boomer and then later bought it back and kept it at Ft.Collins/ Loveland Airpark then along with our Warbird. He would always call us on the radio when he was rolling or climbing out as our home was just northwest of the Loveland Airpark close to Windsor.
Grant Eaton 386-561-1181