SWPC Southwest Regional

 Southwest Regional

September 20-24, Claremore, Oklahoma!

  Come one, come all and join in our Fun, Fellowship, Food, Flying.      Please note that this is the same posting as published in the July-August-September issue of the SWPNews except the corrected date is September 20-24.

The 2017 SWPC Southwest Regional will be held September 20-24, in Claremore, Oklahoma, 15 miles northeast of Tulsa on Interstate 44.

Air Operations for the Regional will be Claremore Regional airport (KGCM) seven miles east of Claremore; 918-343-0931, WX 119.925, CTAF 122.7, RWY 17/35, Enterprise rental cars, 918-341-8577.  Ground operations will be the Quality Inn, 1720 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd, Claremore, OK, (918)-343-3297.  Many rooms have been reserved for $52.00 plus tax will be $61.09 per night.  Ask for the Short Wing Piper rate.  The rooms will be held until September 19 and are first come first served.  When these fill up, Google shows 9 more motels in Claremore with prices ranging upward from $69.00 + tax per night.

The alternate airport is Mid-America Industrial (H71),

Pryor, Oklahoma, 918-476-6090,  CTAF 122.8,  RWY 18/36, Enterprise rental car 918-824-2346.


Claremore was the home of Lynn Riggs, author of Green Grow the Lilacs, the play that inspired the musical “Oklahoma!”

Northeast of town on SR 28A near Foyil stands what is said to be the world’s largest totem pole.  Carved of stone and concrete, this 90-foot by 18-foot monument to Native American tribes is the center of Totem Pole Park. 

J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum houses a diverse collection of over 50,000 firearms, swords and knives.


Will Rogers Memorial Museum dioramas highlight Rogers’ life and stints as a rodeo performer, vaudeville sensation, columnist, author and star of some 70 films.  Our collaborators, Bill and  Charlene Kendrick, will make arrangements for a “Docent” to take us on a tour of the Will Rogers Memorial.

Other possibilities:

Tulsa Air and Space Museum

Gilcrease Museum, nestled in Tulsa’s scenic Osage Hills. boasts  the world’s largest collection of Western American art as well as Native American art.  Lunch can be arranged if wanted.

Lots of stores along the streets in both Claremore and Pryor for ladies who enjoy Antiquing.  The Downtown Tavern in Claremore is a popular place to meet and have lunch and/or a cool drink. 

The Quality Inn is right next door to the Rib Crib and they have wonderful Bar-B-Que. Our favorite Mexican food place is just up Hwy 66 and we should go there one evening.


As a preamble to the Claremore activities, some of us will be visiting Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 70 miles northwest of Claremore to see the Frank Phillips Home,

tour the Philips Petroleum Company Museum (Free Admission)  and visit the Frank Phillips Woolaroc Ranch, Museum and Wildlife Preserve.        The preserve includes more than 700 live and in the flesh animals including buffalo, elk, deer and water buffalo plus a 50,000 square foot museum highlighted by art works by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and other western artists, artifacts from 40 Native American tribes that lived in Oklahoma, a collection of Colt firearms and exhibits of western gear.  Also on display and shown in the attached picture is the Phillips Petroleum Company’s Travel Air 5000 monoplane aircraft “Woolaroc” on the flight line at Oakland Airport prior to start and subsequently winning of the 1927 Dole Air Race from Oakland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii.  


The invitation is open to all.  Come on down and enjoy a lot of Fellowship, Food, Fun and Flying.  Contact me for additional information.


See you there.

Cliff and Carole Van Vleet



Bill and Charlene Kendrick



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