Author of Kenmore Air history to share stories June 6 in Kenmore Heritage Society program

Monday, May 14, 2018

Author C. Marin Faure will speak at
Kenmore Heritage Society
Kenmore Air Harbor was founded on a shoestring in 1946 by three young men just returned from service in World War II.

Aviation mechanics Bob Munro and Reg Collins and pilot Jack Mines established the enterprise on 2.5 acres after buying Gus Newburg’s shingle mill and adjacent swampland in Kenmore at the north end of Lake Washington.

The operation began with a 36-horsepower Aeronca Model K seaplane put together with parts from wrecked airplanes. Within a few months, Munro found himself the sole owner after Mines was killed in an accident and Collins moved on.

By the turn of the century, Kenmore Air Harbor had become the largest seaplane base in the United States, spreading out over five acres, and home to 120 float planes, 20 of them flown by Kenmore Air to waterfront destinations throughout western Washington and British Columbia.

The history of Kenmore Air, the adventures of the early-day pilots, and how seaplanes became iconic symbols of Kenmore will be explored Wednesday, June 6, when the Kenmore Heritage Society hosts an evening program with C. Martin Faure, author of “Success on the Step: Flying with Kenmore Air.

The free event, open to the public, will take place from 7 to 8:30pm at Kenmore Community Club, 7304 NE 175th St, Kenmore 98028.

Faure’s 448-page paperback book is described by the publisher, Elton-Wolf Publishing Co., as the story of a unique group of people at Kenmore Air “who never wavered from the principle on which the company was founded -- do the right thing.”

Faure, a producer of marketing films for the Boeing Co, earned his private and commercial pilot certificates with instrument and flight-instructor ratings in landplanes while working in Hawaii. In 1982, he earned his seaplane rating at Kenmore Air, fulfilling a dream of learning to fly the de Havilland Beaver. Faure never flew a land plane again.


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