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Talk: Switchback Ranch Flight Operations

January 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST

Aerial view of Switchback Ranch and Beartooth Mountains, early 1950s, by Jack Richard. MS 89 Jack Richard Photograph Collection, McCracken Research Library. PN.89.108.21044.02

The Toughest Flying in the Lower 48

Switchbacks seen from the air.

A History of Aircraft Flight Operations Support for the Switchback Ranch, Sunlight Basin

A free “Local Lore” talk

Thursday, January 18, 2024
Noon–1 p.m.

Join us for the first presentation of 2024 in our “Local Lore with Bob Richard” series of free talks hosted by our McCracken Research Library.

For this illustrated presentation, Bob welcomes guest speaker Fred Briesch, who presents The Toughest Flying in the Lower 48: A History of Aircraft Flight Operations Support for the Switchback Ranch in Sunlight Basin.

With a wealth of knowledge about the Cody and Yellowstone National Park areas, Bob has a lifetime of stories to share with future generations.

Future Local Lore talks:

March 21: Winter Expeditions through Yellowstone
May 16: Yellowstone Bears
• July 18
• September 12
• November 21
• December 19

The talks in this series are gathered in this YouTube playlist.

Small plane on the Switchback Ranch.
Small plane on the Switchback Ranch.
Switchback Ranch from the air.
Switchback Ranch from the air.

Bob Richard
Bob Richard

About Bob Richard

A lifelong Wyoming resident, Richard’s varied experiences are pure West. He worked at guest ranches, guided horse and hunting trips, ranched, and for 37 years owned and operated Grub Steak Expeditions, personally touring thousands of visitors from around the world through Yellowstone and its ecosystem.

Educated at the Universities of Wyoming, Arizona, and California (Fresno), Richard has served as a teacher and school administrator, a decorated United States Marine Corps pilot in Vietnam, and, for 21 years, helped coordinate American Red Cross service and relief activities in the western United States.

Richard is the author of several books on the Cody and Yellowstone area, as well as his own family’s deep roots in the region. They feature his own photographs and often those of his father Jack Richard and uncle Ned Frost. For information on Bob’s photography and his published books, visit bobrichardphotography.com.

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