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You don’t want to miss this event at Chatham Airport!

Joe O’Shea

For Tim, a love of flight is woven into his DNA. His maternal grandfather, Philip Martini, was a trained airplane mechanic who served as a tank/truck mechanic in World War II, and his father, Tim, is an Air Force veteran and airplane pilot. Not everyone has such a genetic advantage, so the Howards hope that their annual open house will kindle a passion for aviation in the youngsters who visit.   

“We love the airport so much that we want to share it with everyone,” says Christine Howard, who agreed to Tim’s marriage proposal in mid-flight over Cape Cod. “Younger people aren’t being exposed to flight like many people our age were, so the open house allows us to involve all generations in our love of aviation.”

The Howards’ passion for flight is contagious, and for father and son, planes played a major role in the wooing of their wives. While Tim romanced Christine in the skies over Cape Cod, he wisely did so in a slightly safer manner than his father, who announced his romantic intentions while soaring over the Show-Me State, Missouri, as a college kid. “My dad decided to buzz my mother and her friend with his Cessna while they were sunbathing in my mother’s yard, and he had a close call with the oak tree at the end of the cul-de-sac,” recalls Tim, who worked on the restoration of the Enola Gay while a college intern with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. “Luckily, for me, Dad missed the tree, and my maternal grandfather took a liking to him because he was a pilot and in the ROTC.”

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