Your board of directors voted in the most recent board meeting to extend free lifetime BAC memberships to John Elliot and Maurice ‘Tex’ Donaldson. These two gentlemen are largely responsibile for the baby Beech aircraft design and development and we are excited to have them join us.John Elliot is recognized as the father of the Musketeer. As Chief Design Engineer, John selected his team of engineers and designers to come up with the first Musketeer. John is living in Tulsa, OK and though no longer as spry as he once was, John stays interested in planes and hopefully will be able to provide us with great insight and historical details about the planes we fly.

Maurice ‘Tex’ Donaldson lives and works in Wichita, KS. He is involved in aircraft restoration and runs an aviation consulting business. Tex, too, knows the history of the baby Beech development and will be able to add his prespective on these fine aircraft as he flew early prototypes and assisted in the final plane configuration. In fact Tex has already authored an article which appeared in the Winter 2009 issue of BACTalk and will be continuing in upcoming issues.

Tex has already registered as a new BAC member and John will be registering soon. Please join in the welcome for these two gentlemen. We are delighted to have them in our ranks!

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