Thanks for visiting. My name is Ryan Keough and I am a pilot, die-hard aviation enthusiast, graphic & web designer, social media expert and history buff. I have many other interests, but it is flying that occupies my mind most through the day — and fortunately I work in the General and Business Aviation industry, so my passion is put to good use! Additionally, my home here in Central Arizona in the Phoenix metro area affords me many opportunities to see and work with aircraft and aviation of all types.
What Interests Me…
Well, as I mentioned in the first section, aviation occupies most of my mind – both professionally and personally. Within my aviation interest, I am most intrigued by vintage aviation… mostly anything from World War I through the early Jet Age in the 1950’s. I grew up around WWII warbirds like the B-17 Flying Fortress, P-40 Warhawk and PT-17 Stearman as a volunteer with the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, NY and later the 1941 Historic Aircraft Group in Geneseo as well. After graduating from college, I had the fortunate opportunity to actually begin my aviation career with one of the most well-respected and well-known historic aviation groups in the world… as the Director of Marketing and National Tour Coordinator for the Collings Foundation and their Wings of Freedom Tour with the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American B-25 Mitchell. During the six years I worked for the Collings Foundation, I had the amazing opportunity to actually fly both the B-17 & B-24 as well as host of other aircraft in the collection like the PT-17 Stearman, UC-78 Bobcat, AT-6 Texan and rode aboard as crew in their Grumman (Eastern) TBM Avenger and Fiesler Fi-156 Storch. I even had the special experience to act as ground crew on their McDonnell F-4D Phantom II. Though the Phantom was amazing to work with, it’s about the peak of my modern aircraft interest. Unlike many aviation enthusiasts, I really don’t have much of a passion for modern military jets or civilian airliners… but I still appreciate them nonetheless.
After moving on from the Collings Foundation, I have remained within the warbird community as Associate Editor of the Warbirds Resource Group / Warbird Information Exchange (WIX) – one of the most popular web forums for warbird enthusiasts around the world. Over the past two years, I have co-hosted the weekly live internet radio show “The WIX Warbird Weekly Show” on Warbird Radio at WarbirdRadio.com with Zane Adams, Lead Moderator of the WIX Forum.
Beyond warbird aviation, I have a passion for vintage civil aircraft from the “Golden Era” or the time period between WWI and WWII. I also love early General Aviation aircraft from post-WWII through the early 1970’s. Just about anything with a radial engine and/or taildragger landing gear makes me a happy man!
I also am fascinated with old airports… vanished or abandoned airfields that time has forgotten. The is no shortage of these kind of fields in Arizona as the landscape is dotted with former auxiliary landing fields and training bases from WWII. To me, these fields tell a huge story about the early days of aviation and are great to learn about.
A Few Photos
I have owned the domain name RyanKeough.com since 2000 when I was still in college and over the past decade I have occupied this domain with a variety of site designs including it’s earliest version known as “Neon Altimeter” during my college days. I changed it about five years ago to a more static design and there it sat up until this past year. In 2009 I finally transferred the domain from the slowly-dying Yahoo! Hosting Services (that didn’t support WordPress) and moved it to my hosting account on Website Source to port it into a WordPress environment. Before all this happened, I started a blog on another domain and am slowly moving some of those old posts to this blog. I hope my combination of old posts and new posts interests you!