The Fly In at Ft Wayne in September is on schedule.
On July 23, 2021 Dean flew his plane twice. One of the back seaters was Stephanie, a 16-year-old, brave young lady that doesn’t have her driver’s license yet. Dean and her father are old friends, he helped Dean rebuild the airplane over 20 years ago.
The airplane is in great shape with no write ups on these flights.
SIXTEEN YEAR OLD FLIES THE F-100F SUPER SABRE
Stephanie’s father, Steve Kortokrax writes…
“Terri, my wife, and I are so very proud of our daughter, Stephanie!!! She was able to experience one of the coolest airplane rides that I have ever experienced flying. She and I flew the same aircraft, 63948. I’m not sure but it’s probably pretty safe to say she is possibly the youngest female to fly the Hun at age sixteen. For those of you that don’t know aircraft, the F-100 Super Sabre was the first production built aircraft that could fly supersonic in level flight. The aircraft was built for the Air Force. We would like to convey a very Special Thank You to a great Friend, Pilot and Mentor, Dean “Cutter” Cutshall. WOW what a marvelous birthday present, one she will never forget. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!”
Dean Cutshall tells his side of the story…
“WHAT A RIDE
I’ve known the Kortokrax family for 30 plus years and watched Stephanie grow into a wonderful young lady. She soloed her Father’s Bulldog on her sixteenth birthday, May 15. I called her Mother, Terri, to inquire if it would be alright to give her a ride in the Hun as a birthday present, she said ABSOLUTELY! Her Father, Steve, was one of the Crew that helped restore the Hun and flew with me on numerous occasions. On the day of the flight, she was very excited, well prepared and anxious to learn. Crew Chief, Paul Swick, briefed her on back seat operations and we briefed on particular protocols, flight profile, signing paperwork and made sure she knew how to attach and take off the O2 mask and that she could taxi, take off, fly and land the bird if she would like. Needless to say, she gave a thumbs up for all. All I can say is WOW! She put her Father to shame on the first flight. She loved every minute and did a marvelous job of flying the Ol’ Gal. There were numerous family and friends for the event and they said she should go to the Air Force Academy after high school. A wonderful young lady, her parents have done a great job.
Dean Cutshall, The Ride Along”