Like so many beautiful things in life, it began with a love affair, which in this case was between a former World War II Navy pilot, W.C. "Dub" Yarbrough, and Big Red, his glorious G17S Beechcraft Staggerwing serial number B-3, the third of only 20 built right after WW II. Dub was one of the first Navy Blue Angels, and Big Red was the last of an era of exquisite, high-performance radial-engined cabin biplanes. They were made for each other. In 1963 Dub started the Staggerwing Club from which the Staggerwing Museum was formed in 1973 with the hard work, generosity and expertise of people like Dub, Jim Gorman, John Parish, Red Holloway, Glenn McNabb, Bill Halverson, Robert Smith, Dick Perry, Bob Fergus, John Latta and Louise Thaden, who were the first trustees. Louise, you may remember, won the 1936 Bendix Air Race in a Staggerwing much to the surprise of her more famous competitors unaware of the Staggerwing's performance and Louise's skills, which were exceeded only by her fine qualities as a person. Many others contributed greatly after those early days including the Beech Aircraft Company, Olive Ann Beech, her daughters, Suzanne Warner and Mary Lynn Beech Oliver, and their families. The tradition of the founders is carried on today by museum President Michael Greenblatt and CEO and Curator Wade McNabb, Glenn's son.