When Raleigh County Memorial Airport Manager Tom Cochran was growing up at Daniels, he could see airplanes flying into the airport in Beaver. They caught his attention.
There was little opportunity in Raleigh County for aviators, then. Many men in Cochran’s generation went into the mines. Cochran, however, aimed for the sky.
He left West Virginia to train in aviation at Tulsa, Oklahoma. Later, he came home and spent his career managing the airport in Beaver where he can again – when he has time – watch even more planes fly into