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.
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”
Tony had heard that Republic was hiring for test pilots to fly their newly developed P-47 in the summer of 1942, and he knew that he couldn’t let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity pass by. Two years have gone by since he first opened his Gardenville airport, and he felt this could be financially beneficial to expandContinue reading “Tony Riccio, a P-47 Test Pilot”
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