A Montana native, McKenna just naturally gravitated to airplanes — something his non-pilot father encouraged along with playing golf. Dad’s thinking: Business deals are sealed on fairways, and if you’re going to do business in the wide-open West, airplanes expedite the necessary travel. This latter fact was demonstrated by a neighbor, a contractor, who would fly young McKenna in his Bonanza on weekends to check on various building sites. McKenna earned his private ...

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