Barnstormer's Workshop: Boots' Blog


June 26, 2009


Welcome to my BLOG!  This month, I’d like to introduce you to one of our employees.  Vern Stephens is like family.  David and Diane, Barnstormer’s owners, have known Vern for over 30 years.  He is the Shop Foreman here at Barnstormer’s Workshop.  You can always count on Vern to be there in a pinch.  His reliability and trustworthiness is above reproach and his knowledge of aircraft is a valuable gift to our company. 

Vern has been involved in the aviation field, in one form or another, all of his life.  His father, Elbert Stephens, was General Foreman and Director of Maintenance for Southern Airways, where he retired in 1985. 

After Vern completed high school, he attended South Georgia Technical School in Americus, GA from 1976-1978 where he received his A & P license.  While going to school, he worked parttime for Roddy Aviation at Souther Field performing annuals and loading cropdusters.  After graduation, he was 1st employed by Hanger One and then Southern Airways from 1979-2005. (During his employment, Southern Airways became Republic Airlines and, later, Northwest Airlines.)  After leaving Northwest, Vern worked for Hale Aircraft and finally joined Barnstormer’s in October, 2007.  Vern’s vast aviation experience gives him a diverse wealth of knowledge on many types of aircraft.  He has truly been an asset to Barnstormer’s. 

Vern is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing and hunting.  He worked with the Boy Scouts for 25 years and currently coaches the Pike County 4H Shot Gun Team and Archery Team.  Vern has been married to his wife, Renee, since 1989 and has two sons and three adorable grandsons.  We are fortunate to have him as part of our team.

Vern working on a Fairchild 24 restoration.
Vern working on a Fairchild 24 restoration.

 Well, that’s it for now.  Hope you enjoyed getting to know Vern.  Stay tuned till next time.

Wishing you Blue Skys,