Chapter History

EAA Chapter 326 was founded on October 21, 1969. Based at Thun Field in Puyallup WA there is a long history of Sport Aviation here in the Northwest. This group has been involved in community outreach and education about aviation since the beginnings and is a tradition that continues today with our Young Eagles program and TeenFlight programs.

The founding members included:

  • Denell Zander of Enumclaw
  • Dean Chapman of Spanaway
  • Charles Crawford of Tacoma
  • Merritt Koon of Tacoma
  • Fred Ludtke of Puyallup
  • Lawrence Young of Tacoma

“Membership is open to any person of good moral character… (subject to approval)” – those were the rules, laid down in 1969 by our founders.

Fred Ludtke

Fred Ludtke with his Monocoupe


To give you a flavor of the planes of 1969, here are a few that showed up at Rockford 1969 (the pre-cursor to Oshkosh)


Modernized Demoiselle


Leonard Eaves’ “Skeeter”


Midget Mustang


Thorp Tiger


Smith Mini-plane


Original biplane by Adolph Hugo


Leeon Davis in his DA-2A
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