Buffalo Air-Park

I am dedicating this website to my father, Anthony (Tony) Riccio, and his legacy in bringing aviation to Western New York through Buffalo Air-Park.

I believe this photo was taken in the spring of 1946 when my father flew this Globe Swift from Texas to the airpark with his wife Maxine and their cat.

Mike Steffen, Tony’s Flight Instructor

Mike Steffen was Tony’s flight instructor when he learned to fly at Burgard Vocational High School in the early 1930s while attending night classes. The two developed a pretty unique relationship and remained good friends throughout my father’s aviation career. Tony graduated on February 26, 1935, after enrolling in Burgard’s three-year evening vocational aviation course.Continue reading “Mike Steffen, Tony’s Flight Instructor”


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