Dale “Gus” Gustafson
Dale “Gus” Gustafson, a 50 year member of EAA, and a 40 year member of the Vintage Aircraft Association Board of Directors, obtained a rare copilot job with (Roscoe) Turner Airlines in 1950 at the age of 21, flying DC-3s. He also devoted 20 years of service to the Indiana and Ohio Air National Guard flying F-86 Sabers and military transport aircraft.
Gus served as chairman of the Vintage Antique Judging Division for 40 years, supervising the antique judging teams at the convention. He also servedas President of EAA Chapter 1311 in Indianapolis for 10 years. He owned, flew and collected various vintage planes over the years, including a Stearman, Cessna 195, Piper J-4 Cub Coupe, and an Aeronca Chief. His inventory of old airplanes and parts at the time of his death, was extensive. Gus retired from his airline job as Senior Pilot at US Air in 1987.
Gus passed away June 26, 2014. During the last weeks of his life, just like Paul, Gus was busy making plans and hoping to volunteer one more time at EAA AirVenture. But it was not to be.