Hall of Fame Inductee

Carl Rindlisbacker

Born: 10/29/1923
Died: 11/24/1992
Inducted: 11/10/2007

Carl Rindlisbacher was born in Rice Lake, Wisconsin but developed his passion for aviation and weather while serving as an observer with the Army Air Force in the Pacific during World War II.

A teacher by profession, Carl assumed the duties of volunteer manager at Rice Lake's Arrowhead Airport in 1957. He mowed the grass, plowed the snow and went out of his way to welcome travelers who were using the field. Carl continued to observe the weather, monitoring short-wave Weather Bureau broadcasts, preparing countless hand-drawn weather maps and sharing the information with pilots and anyone else who asked.

A tireless advocate for airport improvement, Carl persuaded the city to pave the runway, obtained a military surplus truck for a snowplow and acquired a non-directional beacon and distance measuring equipment to aid pilots when weather was inclement. More than anything else, Carl lobbied for a new, up-to-date airport for his hometown.

Carl retired in 1992, after twenty-five years as a paid airport manager and many more as an unpaid volunteer. For over four decades, he was the radio voice of Rice Lake and the person waiting in the office to greet arrivals, no matter the lateness of the hour.

Dedicated in 1995, the new Rice Lake Regional Airport was named Car's Field in his honor.

Carl at his weather desk
Carl at his weather desk, ca unknown
(submitted photo)

Carl Rindlisbacher at weather box, ca 1990s
Carl at weather instrument box, Rice Lake
(submitted photo)

Rice Lake airport dedication as Carl's Field  ca 1995
Rice Lake airport dedication as Carl's Field
(submitted photo)

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