BAP Stories

I dedicate this page to anyone who wants to share a story about Buffalo Airpark or my father, Tony Riccio. Just fill out the Story Submission Form below, click Send It, and I’ll add it to the page. Thank you in advance, and I look forward to reading everyone’s unique story!


I took lessons at Audubon Airport. Several friends and myself worked for Frank Favale in exchange for flying time. Frank expected lots of work for minimum hours! In September, 1956 I flew with my instructor to Buffalo Air Park. When your father climbed into the J-3 I remember him growling, “Oh, great. One of Frank’s drafty airplanes.” Now expecting the worst, I did my best to remember what I had been taught. My instructor was Bill Bennett, a wonderful guy. Upon landing, your father smiled and asked for my log book. Dated 9/28/56 “Pvt. Flight Test OK” signed by A.W. Riccio. The next day I took my grandmother sightseeing over Niagara Falls. Those were wonderful times. Looking forward to the photos in the scrapbook.

Stuart Leuthner

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