Thordon Bearings, the sister company to Marsh Brothers was about 20 years old when I bought my first Aerostar in 1985.
It was for getting around to business meetings, as the Bonanza had been before. The Aerostar was a whole lot more airplane however, and I remember the insurance company mandated that for the first 25 hours I had to fly with an experienced Aerostar pilot aboard. It was Manfred Humphries, the broker who had sold me the Airplane. Early on he rode shotgun but later he found the back seat more comfortable.
One early and very memorable flight was from Saint Louis Missouri to Winnipeg in the dead of winter. It was Dec 15 1985.
The log book shows 5.2 hours for the flight and we must have been landing on fumes! When we disembarked, we were wearing clothing selected for Saint Louis and Winnipeg’s worst winter in years did not welcome us kindly.
Dave’s book is a prodigious read but the most fascinating part for me to date was to read about the people he hired in the early days and how many of them were graduates of my Alma Mater; Northrop University.