Werner Griesbeck and his Wonderful 1938 Fairchild 24K
By Bob Leroux
We ended our summer of aviation activities on Monday with a Labour Day corn roast with the Langley Aeroclub on a beautiful, but very windy, day.
It was a special day for member Werner Griesbeck. Werner has been a pilot for decades and was a long-time air traffic controller at Langley Tower. He has owned a beautiful 1938 Fairchild 24K since the 1980’s. Werner and his Fairchild have won various awards including from the EAA-Canada presented in Oshkosh in 2017, and locally from the Abbotsford Flying Club in 2018.
Werner has decided that it was time to part with his pride and joy. The Fairchild is going to a new home in the United States and the first leg of the journey is to Bellingham, WA. On Monday there was extraordinarily strong outflow winds from the BC interior, so the flight was delayed for another day for more favourable conditions.
Thanks Werner, for sharing your aircraft and your passion for aviation.
More photos can be seen on Bob’s imaging website: https://navpathimaging.com/?page_id=3144
It was an absolute pleasure to host Werner and his Fairchild each year in the General Aviation display at the Abbotsford Airshow. A truly beautiful machine looked after by a gentleman.
I hope the new owner finds the same joy with it.