This airstrip was donated to the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) by Ben and Butchie Ryan.
From the RAF website:
"While the airstrip is a gift to the flying public and backcountry aviation, the Ryans still make their quiet home there. They cherish your visit, but ask that you first make arrangements with the RAF so that they know when you will arrive. You are welcome, but the RAF asks that you respect their privacy. Due to the nature of the area, large fly-ins are not appropriate. Use common courtesy, and keep aircraft numbers at a minimum.
If you have the opportunity to visit, you can expect the Ryans to give you a tour. Ask Ben about his airplanes and youÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢âÂ¢ll be invited into his hangar. You will be captivated by the stories both of them have about their life together after meeting on a blind date during World War II. Butchie always enjoys fresh fruit or a box of chocolates. Tell them how much you appreciate their sacrifice for this country and for the flying public. One thing is certain; you won't want to leave.
When the native brought Ben to shore after escaping his crippled airplane, the government offered a reward for saving a fallen airman Ã¢â¬Åfifty dollarsÃ¢â¬Åa heck of an investment for putting this remarkable life back into commission. Perhaps, you too will consider a similar investment toward the future of backcountry aviation.
If you're interested in visiting:
Please contact one of the Board Members of the RAF if you are considering visiting the Ryan Property. The Ryans still live on the property and ask that you call ahead to schedule your visit. Visit www.recreationalaviationfoundation.org and click on the directors button. Any of the directors can make arrangements for you."
Nice swimming hole on river - ask for directions to "Old Bridge"
Lat: 48.48305555556 , Long: -113.95944444444 - MONTANA, USA
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