About the Owner
Herrick, who earned his private pilot's
license as a high school graduation present from his parents, says
he's the only one in his family to become a pilot, so he didn't
inherit his passion. His interest in vintage aircraft started early,
while growing up in
Herrick, who personally owns more than 35 vintage aircraft, one of
the largest holdings of its type in the
After not flying for decades, Greg purchased his first vintage aircraft, a 1943 Fairchild PT-23, and brushed up on his “tail-dragger” flying skills. Although that particular plane wasn't part of the Golden Age, it's what pushed him in that direction.
Greg has hopes of restoring a 1931 Sikorsky S-39 one day, but first
he has to rescue it from the bottom of a lakebed, where it sunk in
1958, into glacial silt about the consistency of peanut butter. He's
been on four rescue missions to the remote lake in
Herrick looks forward to continuing his pursuit of rare and exotic aircraft. "It's what I love to do, and I love to share it with people," he smiles. "I'm humbled to be the custodian of such exquisite aircraft. I've been very fortunate."