Tom's Flight Dreams

I've topped the winds-swept heights where never Lark or even Eagle flew...


Anyone who has ever owned something that is as a much a part of their lives as a boat, plane, horse, etc. knows that their family either has to go beyond acceptance to support of their passion, or there will be problems. In my case, my family has been supportive of flying in general, and my Long-EZ in particular.


Although Kay and I had only been dating for a few months, I asked her if she would mind if I purchased a plane. It’s over two decades later, and I still have both Kay and the plane.


On top of this, we have two great sons, Sean and Alex, who enjoy flying and where it takes them.


Thanks to them for being so supportive.


The Staggs Family Spring 2011

Kay is a lot less upset about finding freshly-painted wings in the living room than I thought she would be

Tom and Kay flying home from our last airshow in 1999

Tom and Sean discuss the handling characteristics of the Wright Brothers Flyer replica 2003

Tom and Alex discuss the handling characteristics of the Wright Brothers Flyer replica 2006

Family portrait with Lindor, who is a great hangar dog.


Sean has a great time flying a C152 in 2011


Alex goes for his first flying lesson in 2010


Tom, Diva, Kay and Toby pose for the 1996 Christmas photo on the ramp in Olathe, KS


Happy Sean on last leg of 2011 Flyabout


Happy Alex on last leg of 2014 Flyabout

The family watches the first flight of the KC-46A tanker's -2C configuration on December 28, 2014

Our family flying out to Orcas Island to meet up with Rod Magner and celebrate mine and Kay's wedding anniversary