Perry F. Stokes
CAHS Honored in 1984

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Click to view the STOKES_PERRY_F albumPerry F. Stokes was born on December 15, 1908 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He soloed in February 1936 in Spearfish, South Dakota flying an Aeronca K under the direction of George Ice. Most of his early education was in South Dakota as was his flight training.

After moving to Colorado in 1924, Perry was hired by the Clyde Ice Flying School as an instructor. He next moved to the Massey and Ranson Flying School in Fort Collins, Colorado, flying a WACO UPF-7 and teaching flying at skill levels up to aerobatics. Many of his later students were in the Civilian Pilot Training (CPT) Program. He then taught at the Clyde Dickerhood Flying Service and later opened his own flying school.

He next became the airport manager of the Trinidad-Las Animas airport, and he operated a Fixed Base Operation (FBO) business there. During these times he trained hundreds of students, flew charter and sightseeing flights, sprayed crops, seeded areas from planes, scattered remains by air, did wildlife surveys and mosquito control. At the Trinidad-Las Animas airport he promoted many airfield improvements and he assisted in obtaining Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding for a number of airport improvements. On the day that Continental Airlines started service into the airport he arranged for many of the local citizens to experience their first ride in a DC-3 airliner. On this day of celebration, Perry, with his J-3 Cub, sprayed cologne on those attending, adding to the festivities.

He was regularly involved in search and rescue flights, as well as emergency medical flights for the people of the San Luis Valley area. Perry has been active in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) , was a charter member of the 7th Region Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a member of the airport Manager groups, the Colorado Aviation Historical Society (CAHS), and a number of civic organizations. He continues to do volunteer work at his favorite airport. These activities have brought him a number of awards.