Seconds into the first flight, Steve decided gliding is the fun side of flying. Further training and ground school opened Steve's eyes to the excellent thermals in Minnesota. Previously, Steve had avoided gliding because he thought gliding only took place in mountains or hot climates such as Florida.
Other vehicles owned by Steve include a new 1957 Volkswagen,
a 1941 Piper J-3 and a 1945 Ercoupe 415C; plus, the
purchase of a partnership in a Schweizer 1-35c. Steve's first
was the 1940 Chrysler which carried him home from the hospital
his birth (mark of a true Plugger). This car was owned by Steve's grandfather, Herman
Lloyd, uncle to the famous early comedic movie star Harold Lloyd.
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Steve received a BSEE, Bachelor of Science - Electrical Engineering, from Iowa State University. Steve was a resident of Iowa for a short period. Since then, he has lived in Minnesota; Groton Connecticut; Cape Kennedy Florida; and, Hampton Virginia. In 1984, Steve earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Before retiring, Adkins was an executive for a division providing complex computer and software systems to government laboratories and defense agencies. Most of his career was as program manager building integrated supercomputer systems often working for research divisions of Control Data Corporation (now Ceridian). Just before retiring, Steve's division was bought out by General Dynamics.
Other hobbies include: canoeing, home projects, amateur science and
Note: Gloves and Jacket, last flight of the year. Serial Number 72 was built in 1977. Paul Schweizer, founder, owns Serial No. 52. Click on photo for large image. Also, click on this for an image of a similar 1-35 in flight with the flaps down.