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July 6, 2014
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Imaginations take flight at Wings & Wheels at Roseburg Regional Airport

Pilot instructor Field Morey pulled his green and white Cessna Corvallis TTx up to the Roseburg Regional Airport runway Saturday and prepared for takeoff.

“I’m going to hit the road, or should I say air,” he said, chuckling.

Morey, 76, of Medford said it was the first time he took the plane to Wings & Wheels. He said he came because many of his students live in Roseburg.

He has been a flight instructor the last 40 years and runs Morey’s West Coast Adventures.

His love for flying came from his father, Howard Morey, who founded the Morey Airplane Company near Madison, Wisconsin. He said his dad named him after the airfield. “My father couldn’t name me ‘airport,’ so he named me ‘Field,’” he said.

Morey’s plane was one of dozens on display, along with colorful classic cars and hot rods, at the third annual event.

Throughout the day, planes took turns making touch-and-go landings.

One-year-old Simon Richards of Roseburg “oohed, aahed” and energetically pointed at the planes coming and going.

“He’s been wanting to see airplanes take off and land. I just love seeing him so excited,” said the boy’s father, Joe Richards, 39.

“Taking off and landing is definitely more important to him than how old they are,” Richards added.

Nearby, Lucas Twibell, 4, and his cousin, Emmet Mazelin, 5, crowded around a 1964 Cessna.

The two boys took turns sitting in the cockpit.

“It was really cool. I wish I was flying,” Lucas said. “I never go up in the air because I don’t have wings.”

The plane’s owner, Les Stuart, 68, of Roseburg, said he comes to the show every year and tries to pique kids’ interests.

“I leave the doors wide open because I want to suck those kids in,” he said. “I want them to get a feel for the plane and, hopefully, kindle a hidden pilot somewhere.”

His plan seemed to work on Lucas. “When I grow up, I want to be a pilot,” he said.

Julie Hicks, 41, of Roseburg, who showed a couple of 1951 Chevrolet pickups, said she was also impressed by the planes.

“I think it’s nice to see all the planes taking off and landing,” she said.

She and her husband, William Hicks, 39, said it was their first time displaying their trucks at the event. They usually participate in Graffiti Weekend.

Their cousin, Bryan Lane, 34, also showed his 1955 Chevy pickup.

The Hicks and Lane built one of their Chevy’s and the ’55 from the ground up.

“We are the next generation of car enthusiasts,” Julie Hicks said.

• Reporter Jessica Prokop can be reached at 541-957-4209 and jprokop@nrtoday.com.

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