Ohio as a private airport and aviation museum. The airport has four hangars that house 16 antique airplanes and a large collection of historical aviation memorabilia, making it one of the largest privately-owned collections in the eastern U.S. Interested aviation groups and organizations tour the museum often. Charles donated hundreds of flight hours for community service, including search and rescue activities for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and local fire departments. He was the chief pilot for the county’s disaster services. He also donated many flights for fundraisers and did fly-bys and parade openers for community celebrations.
Youth programs were a focus of Charles’ enthusiasm for flying; he donated over 150 flights for the Young Eagles program and hosted seminars and tours for camp groups, the YMCA, the CAP, and Scouts. All groups saw many facets of aviation because Charles restored and maintained antique aircraft at Pheasant Run.
As a member of the United States Aviation Museum, he flew his airplanes into its annual air show and hosted meetings. Various historical societies held their reunions in his hangar. A volunteer, advisor and contributor to the International Women’s Air and Space Museum in Cleveland, Charles donated materials and many hours of labor to restoring a Smith mini-plane and a Ranger engine for display. A privately produced movie, “The Restorers”, contains footage depicting his enthusiasm for educating others about historical aircraft. He also appeared on television many times in connection with his flying. The International Forest of Friendship, an aviation honorary in Atchison, Kansas, inducted Charles and Gretchen as members in 2003. Since his death in 2008, Gretchen has continued her husband’s dream of developing Pheasant Run into a public entity. When she established a life estate agreement with Lake Erie College in 2010, it assured that the airport/museum would become a permanent facility for aviation education and community enjoyment.
Charles Reed lived in Lake County, Ohio his entire life except for the 4 ½ years he served in the Air Force during the Korean conflict. He was employed by Avery International, now Avery Dennison, from 1954 - 1984 and retired as Director of Technical Sales Services. He traveled worldwide in that capacity and initiated and operated Avery’s Flight Department in Painesville. He held 20 U.S. patents in pressure-sensitive materials and applications. Best known is the tape tab used on disposable diapers. He also developed the product and equipment used to process the self-adhesive postage stamp.