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    • April 21, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • April 23, 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • Branson, MO (KBBG)
    • 16
    Are you ready to head to Branson, Missouri for a great weekend fly-in April 21 - 23, 2023?

    We will have a fly-in at KBBG airport, Friday, April 21, 2023.  Please plan on arriving between 11 and 12 noon.  The SWBS vans will shuttle people to the hotel, *Lodge of the Ozarks, (details for reservations are below so make sure you read all information) to drop off your luggage until check in after 3 p.m.  After dropping off luggage at the hotel, it is a short walk to a selection of places to eat lunch and explore on your own.

    Friday evening dinner - Botanas Premier Mexican Restaurant - 6:30pm reservation (depart earlier to arrive at restaurant by 6:30).  Botanas Mexican is within walking distance of the hotel.  Vans will also be available to and from the restaurant.

    Saturday morning - A complimentary hot deluxe breakfast at the hotel between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

    After breakfast "explore Branson on your own."  There are many attractions, shopping and shows close by.  Vans will be available to carry people to this area also.  Enjoy lunch and the day.  We need to be back at the hotel in plenty of time for a 2:30p.m. departure to head to the Branson Belle Showboat.

    Saturday evening dinner - **The Branson Belle Showboat cruise departs at 4 p.m.  This includes dinner and a live show.  (More information about the Showboat below so again, read all information.)

    Sunday morning - A complimentary hot, deluxe breakfast at the hotel between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

    Van shuttles to the airport will start at 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. 

    *Lodge of the Ozarks - 3431 W 76 Country Blvd, Branson, MO 65616;   a block of rooms have been secured for SWBS, each room has 2 double queens ($149.95 plus tax).  King rooms can be booked at $154.95 plus tax, if available.  You must book directly with Lodge of the Ozarks by calling Renee with their Group Reservations at 417-335-2555. Guest's credit card required.  All rooms must be reserved by March 30, 2023, as SWBS block rooms will be released to the public on March 31, 2023. Check in is at 3 p.m. and check out is at 11 a.m. Cancellations must be made no less than 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid penalty fee.

    **Branson Belle Showboat - Register for the cruise as you do the initial registration.  Sets sail at 4 p.m. Saturday and includes dinner and live show.  Dinner seating is banquet style, and the price is $63.40 per person, payable with registration. 

    For any questions, please contact Vanessa Hoffman at 210-952-9800 or

    • May 27, 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Galaxy FBO, Conroe KCXO

    Annual Meeting, 

    Plan on joining us at our Annual Meeting, scheduled for KCXO Conroe at the Galaxy FBO.  

    Lunch will be upstairs at the Black Walnut Café at 11:00 followed by the meeting downstairs in the conference room at 12:30.

    • June 24, 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • 4105 Tradewind St, Amarillo, TX 79118

    Our 2023 schedule of events is fillup up fast!

    Jon Kuehler has recently became an SWBS member.  He is the manager at Tradewind Airport (KTDW) in Amarillo, Texas.  Tradewind was one of the original Beechcraft sales centers in 1947. Jon has pictures of Walter and Olive Beech sitting with Shelby Kritser, the founder of Tradewind Airport, in 1946. Jon is opening a new museum and there is also a restaurant on the field. Jon looks forward to showing off their trove of Beechcraft memorabilia and is pleased to host this one-day event, especially since it coincides with:

    Props & Pistons Car Show & Fly-In
    Presented by Bomb City Hot Rods
    June 24, 2023 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

    There are still more things to do in Amarillo and some may choose to spend the night before or after the lunch. See these KTDW links for additional information on fly-in deals (lodging specials) and fuel prices.

    Event registration is encouraged so we may provide the restaurant with a headcount and perhaps try to arrange a common parking area for SWBS.

    • July 22, 2023
    • Oshkosh, WI


    Are you going? Thinking of B2osh? Or flying yourself? Many SWBS members will be there! Join us for a SWBS meet and greet at the B2Osh tent on Monday evening.

    • September 23, 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 3500 COUNTY ROAD 416A HENDERSON, TX 75654

    Airport information:

    Stay tuned for additional details.

    • October 06, 2023
    • (MDT)
    • October 09, 2023
    • (MDT)
    • Albuquerque, NM


    NOTE: registration begins very soon since the event requires a lot of lead time to book lodging, buses and other activates.

    There has been a poll sent to all members asking who is planning to attend.  If you didn't get that poll let Mark Campbell know. 

    Email: Phone:310-408-1201


    Friday the 6th, KABQ or KAEG arrivals, lodging at Clyde Hotel.

    Saturday the 7th, Bus ride to Balloon Fiesta and dawn launch, 5 am

    Sunday the 8th, choice of another Balloon Fiesta day, or other activities on your own.

    Monday the 9th, departures

    Lodging and logistics can be a challenge, and early reservations are required. 

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