Epic river adventure in homemade airboats


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Its been a awhile , I retired and decided to get my Uncle James' river story to print.

Here is a excerpt ---

I recently had the pleasure of spending the day with three very experienced members of the Texoma Airboat club for a Brazos River Airboat trip. After having a great day on the river, we concluded the outing at their favorite Mexican restaurant with good food and lively conversation. It was at dinner that I learned of an event worthy of the admiration of anyone who has ever saddled the controls of and airboat or for that matter just the love of a great story about American tenacity for challenge and conquest.
In August of 1979 the headlines in the Hood County News read “They said it couldn’t be done”. As the story goes the Corp of Engineers said it couldn’t be done, so a group of four Granbury adventures decided to give it a once in a lifetime try. The challenge was to navigate the wild and rocky Brazos River from deCordova dam to the Gulf of Mexico. The odyssey would cover 565 miles of trechous river that no one other than four brave Americans though could be navigated in its entirety. No one lese had tried. On August 11th 1979 James Bagwell, Red cross, Corky Crawford and Jimmy Creeman put in two homemade airboats into the Brazos water. Their craft were nothing like the modern airboats of today. They were lightweight flat bottom aluminum boats with mounted Corvair engines, sporting 2 blade wooden props. One was 16 foot in length and the other 18’. They had no polymer bottoms or airboat cages, built in ice chest, fancy lighting systems or monster engines. Our adventurers certainly did not have the advantage of the modern cell phone back up in the event of trouble or emergencies. What they did have was a lot of Texas Intestinal Fortitude, which the river tested numerous times over an eight day period.

Anyhow if you guys want a copy its on Amazon, and its really affordable. I'm giving the story away , basically your paying for printing and shipping.

I hope to get the second book of this story out in the next few months....

He was a great man and I wanted his story told.