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Yakima aviation pioneer celebrates 95th birthday

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YAKIMA, Wash. – The McAllister Museum of Aviation hosted a celebration Sunday for Ralph Richardson, a local aviation pioneer, to mark his 95th birthday.

"He and my mom, Ginni Richardson, spent many years here devoting basically their whole life to aviation," said Jill Brown, Richardson's daughter.

Ralph Richardson ran a charter service and flew crop dusters for decades. He started in 1949 and few his last fight in 1992. His wife also ran a flight school and raced planes. She was recognized across the country for her participation in competitions.

Both are honored with their own permanent displays at the museum. Richardson Aviation was the only other business for years, along with the McAllister brothers, who opened the Yakima Air Terminal.

More information about these individuals and the history of aviation in the Yakima Valley is available at the museum. Hours are 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

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