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Lewis W Lindemer (06/20/1929 - 07/04/1994)

Lindey’s interest in aviation began like most of us as a small child. With two wooden clothes pins wedged together he constructed his first airplane and in his mind’s eye, he flew it everywhere. It was a sign of things to come, Lindey was a dreamer who through diligent and persistent labor made his dreams become reality.

As a radio and radar operator, Lindey’s first exposure to “real” aviation came aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge. After his discharge from the Navy, he was a station manager for North Central Airlines at their Chicago Midway base.

Lindey earned his private pilot’s certificate in 1961 and throughout his lifetime continued to study and upgrade his ratings to include SEL, Instrument, Airplane, MEL, SES, CFI, and A & P.

Lindey was the test pilot for the first flight of a rebuilt – De Havilland Dragone Rapide. Among the aircraft owned and operated by Lindey were – Piper PA 22 TriPacer, Piper PA 18 Super Cub, Piper PA 12 Super Cruiser, Piper J3 Cub, Cessna A185 Skywagon, Beechcraft Model J Bonanza, Beechcraft Model 56TC Baron, and Beechcraft D17S Staggerwing.

He established Montana’s first seaplane base – Lindey’s Landing West, and was the first airport manager of Seeley Lake Airport, Seeley Lake, MT. He was the founder and first president of the Montana Seaplane Pilots Association. Lindey was a trustee of the Staggerwing Museum Foundation and a member of the Staggerwing Club, AOPA, AAA, MT. AAA, QB’s, SPA, MN SPA, and EAA.

Lindey is honored here by his many friends in aviation who have shown their appreciation for his camaraderie, influence, and his efforts to preserve our aviation heritage.

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