Aviation Remembers at Rotary Fly-In Breakfast | Local News


Simms didn’t hang around worries for long, instead returning to fond memories of his father.

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“When I was very little, every plane I saw flying overhead, I would say, ‘Fly safe daddy,’ John remembers.

His father was later killed in a motorcycle accident in 2004. Bill Simms’ name is among those engraved on a memorial at the airport.

The monument is engraved with the words “Gone West with a Tailwind” and lists the names of many former local pilots. Bill Simms’s name is in the third column of the list.

John Simms looked at this monument and a plane his father was flying on Sunday. He showed this plane to his nephew, Derek Wheat from Omaha.

Derek was 8 years old in March 2019, when historic flooding closed roads, barring vehicular traffic in and outside Fremont.

The boy had come to see his grandmother, Karen Simms, but had to return to his mother, Susanne Simms, in Omaha.

So a pilot flew Derek on a small plane from Fremont Airport to Millard Airport so his mother could have him.

“It was fun,” Derek said of the ride.

What does Derek like about the airplane breakfast?

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