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    Default Balz Aviation

    Does anyone know if Gunther Balz former unlimited pilot is the owner of Balz Aviation at Stead?

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    Default Re: Balz Aviation

    Quote Originally Posted by Reno Box 77 View Post
    Does anyone know if Gunther Balz former unlimited pilot is the owner of Balz Aviation at Stead?
    He is not the owner.

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    Default Re: Balz Aviation

    I think Lester Salz is the owner?

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    Default Re: Balz Aviation

    Quote Originally Posted by Reno Box 77 View Post
    Does anyone know if Gunther Balz former unlimited pilot is the owner of Balz Aviation at Stead?
    Gunther, last time I chatted with him, was still happily living a more quiet retirement in Florida. He at one time was flying a Thunder Mustang, but I'm pretty sure he has long since sold it.

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    BALZ OUT AVIATION, INC., Reno-Stead

    https://www.nevada-register.com/2074...t-aviation-inc

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    Default Re: Balz Aviation

    Les purchased a T28 back in the late 80s and has had that hanger ever since.

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    I'm not sure but I think the hanger was a focal point when they raced the T28's. Was that where they had a regular door upstairs that had no stairs with a sign saying "Complaint Dept"? Photo anyone?
    Lockheed Bob

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    Default Re: Balz Aviation

    Yes not related at all. The name is cool though and I like how it ties in to the history.

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    Got to meet Les Salz today. As it happens, we go to the same barbershop. I overheard him talking about airplane stuff and couldnít help jumping into the conversation. We talked all the way through his haircut and for 10 or so minutes after. Itís funny how airplane nerds can meet for the first time and carry on like two old friends.
    You'll get your chance, smart guy!

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