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gliders and repairing aircraft. He started
flying for Van Arsdale at ProvincetownBoston
Airlines in 1979 and was one of its
youngest pilots. His favorite aircraft was
the Douglas DC-3, which PBA had plenty
of. Siderwicz logged 3,000 hours flying for
PBA and remembers the experience fondly.
" Old Man Van was a wonderful guy, but he
tangled with the FAA, " Siderwicz said. " So
did his son John-o. He didn't worry about
the rules a lot. When there was a problem,
the FAA showed no mercy. " The airline
shut down nearly overnight (see " The
'Route of the Pilgrims,' " p. 62).
By then Siderwicz had started flying
for Eastern Airlines (with more than
10,000 hours and five type ratings, the
airline hired him even though he did not
have a college degree). He also flew Donald
Trump's shuttle service and retired early
from US Airways at 53, fed up with the
" terrible " way things were run at those
majors. " I remember PBA because it was
so well run, " he said. " It was awesome to
fly then when I was in my twenties. "
PBA taught him to love the DC-3,
respect the legacy of the Van Arsdales
and the Danforth family, and want to care
for the Mills airfield. So, it was Siderwicz
who stepped up to manage the Cape Cod
Airfield for the Town of Barnstable. " It
seemed like a good task for me, " he said.
" But they didn't make it easy. "
Through pure tenacity, Siderwicz
fought off attempts to permanently close
the airfield, eventually using the language
the Danforth family had made legally
binding when they sold the land to the
town. Luckily-and ironically-a councilman
who was one of the main opponents
to the airfield relented when the whole
property was threatened with possible
development. Marstons Mills and the
Danforth Recreation Area are some of the
largest undeveloped areas on Cape Cod.
The airfield at the corner of Rt. 149 and
Race Lane is designated an " airfield " and
Siderwicz and his son Christopher were
first awarded a three-year lease, then
another three-year lease, and now have a
10-year lease in its fifth year.
This " labor of love " keeps both
Siderwicz men working 12 hours a day
seven days a week at this 80-acre airfield
with three intersecting grass runways. They
have a business that includes sightseeing
tours, aerial photography, banner towing,
skydiving, radio-controlled aircraft, and a
maintenance and repair shop under the auspices
of Mills Air Service Inc. at Cape Cod
Airfield. All their enterprises barely fit on
a business card. At 62, the elder Siderwicz
has put most of the responsibility on his son
Chris Jr. and his fiancé Caiti, but he is never
far from the airfield.
" My son is the boss; I just help out. "
The DC-3s
To say Siderwicz respects history would
be an understatement. He's gruff, taciturn,
and seemingly unfriendly, but his
intentions all focus on his son, the DC-3s,
and sharing his love of aviation. He helped
rescue the airfield to honor his late friend,
Rick Kornhiser, and the Danforth family,
and to keep the airfield in operation;
he taught his son how to fly and love and
respect aircraft; and he has saved a number
of DC-3s-those venerable aircraft
from his PBA days-from being destroyed.
He once told a reporter for the Cape
Cod Times the DC-3 is a combination of
beauty and brains. " It's kind of like meeting
a beautiful woman and then finding out
she's really smart on top of it all, " he was
quoted as saying.
He has restored four of the 75-year-old
airplanes and two operate out of the airfield.
The Siderwicz duo has flown the pair
of aircraft in formation over the airfield to
the delight of many. His most recent acquisition
was a DC-3 he had flown for PBA.
The father and son flew to Oshkosh, where
the aircraft sat neglected and falling apart.
" I wanted to save it and get it out of there, "
said the elder Siderwicz. " I have a huge
respect for the airplane; flying it back home
with my son was an incredible experience. "
The 1940 Douglas Sleeper Transport
N35PB (now N61981) is the only model flying
in the world. The 1941 DC-3 N137PB is
still emblazoned with the Eastern Airlines
livery. Unfortunately, both were vandalized
in April 2020 and Siderwicz is attempting
to repair the nearly $18,000 in damage.
" I have a fondness for antique aircraft
and working with my son is fun, " he said.
" We want this to be a friendly place where
you pop your head in and say hi before you
wander our airfield. "
" It's hard to put into words how very
special this place is, " said Chris Jr. " There
are very few places to fly like this. "
julie.walker@aopa.org
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ANTHONY AVELLANO AND CAROLINE BRODT

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