He currently owns and operates the Golden Wing Flying Museum in Blaine, which houses most of his 42 aircraft. There are many prized possessions in his collection, including a 1927 Ford Trimotor, which is, according to Herrick, the oldest flying metal aircraft in the world.
“We have people come from all over the world to see the planes,” Herrick said.
Although he has reached national aviation stardom, Herrick still loves to come back to Ottumwa to participate in the antique fly-in every year in Blakesburg. He said the Antique Airplane Association and its founder and president, Bob Taylor, were the main inspirations when he started getting involved in aviation as a teenager.
“The Antique Airplane Association is really the reason I got into it,” he said.
Herrick is one of the many examples that lessons learned in a Midwestern town like Ottumwa can stick with a person for a lifetime and aid in achieving significant accomplishments.
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