Pilots and Gofer Tales
of Lynchburg, Virginia's
Old Preston Glenn Airport
James T. "Jim" Rogers
An album of planes and pilots, with lore and great adventures, of the
1930’s to the 1980’s, with 100 never-before published photos. 6x9,
good index. A great book for airplane lovers everywhere.
Planes, Pilots and Gofer Tales of Lynchburg, Virginia’s Old Preston
Glenn Airport documents a life-long fascination with old planes and the
people who flew them. James T. “Jim” Rogers grew up during the “Golden
Age” of aviation; his heros were the aviators of the day. He writes from
the unique perspective of a youngster who was willing to do the menial
tasks required at a busy airport in order to be around the pilots and
planes he so admired.
Through his experiences as a “gofer” at Lynchburg Virginia’s
Preston Glenn Airport in the 1940’s, Rogers came to know some of his
heroes: Woody Edmondson, Squeek Burnette. In these pages he also shares
the stories of many other unsung heroes that he came to know and admire.
The airplanes were the common thread that drew this cast of characters
together. There are descriptions and photographs of the planes that were
used to train pilots during World War II and those used for charter
operations of the airport, as well as the occasional unusual plane that
And woven through the descriptions and tales, is the story of the
fulfillment of a young man’s desire to learn to fly.
James T. “Jim” Rogers left his job as “gofer” at Preston Glenn
Airport and enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1946. He served in the Air
Force for twenty years, during which he was able to fly as a crew member
on Bomber and Tanker Aircraft. His love of aviation continues today.
6x9 Flex cover 154 pages Many
ISBN 1-883912-05-9 Price$20.00