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The last word

September 12, 2012
Posted In: Headlines, Profiles, The Last Word

In-flight entertainment

Imagination takes flight on the 50-acre Wind Riff Farm on the outskirts of Kirksville, Mo., where Sydney P. Ross, DO, ’59, perfects his lifelong love for building exact replica model airplanes.

His favorite is this 1943 Navy fighter plane, the F411 Corsair, with a 105-inch wingspan, complete with retractable landing gear and weighing only 38 pounds. Construction took several years and $5,000 to complete.

Wearing his white doctor’s coat as a painter’s smock, Dr. Ross crafted the plane’s precision details in his bright basement workshop where a pool table doubles as a work bench. He hand spray painted the body, adding personal touches like his initials to the tail and his birth date to the nose.

Not surprisingly, Dr. Ross spent his career as a vascular surgeon, honing his ability to work with fine details. He also served 10 years as KCOM dean and a surgery professor prior to that.

One response to “The last word”

  1. Keith Byler, D.O. says:

    Dr. Ross, wondering if you are a WWII history buff, in that this F411 is your favorite? If so, are you familiar with Pappy Gunn, and the modifications he made to the B-25’s in the South Pacific? His son, Nathaniel Gunn (who, with his mother and three siblings was a POW in Manila from the age of 11-14) has written a wonderful book titled “Pappy Gunn” that is full of photos, copies of letters/documents, etc. Nat is in his 80’s now, and living in Texas. He was my father’s best friend, and we have remained close through the years. I enjoyed this article about you and your model planes!

    Best,
    Keith Byler, D.O.
    KCOM 1985

  2. Keith Byler, D.O. says:

    Dr. Ross, wondering if you are a WWII history buff, in that this F411 is your favorite? If so, are you familiar with Pappy Gunn, and the modifications he made to the B-25’s in the South Pacific? His son, Nathaniel Gunn (who, with his mother and three siblings was a POW in Manila from the age of 11-14) has written a wonderful book titled “Pappy Gunn” that is full of photos, copies of letters/documents, etc. Nat is in his 80’s now, and living in Texas. He was my father’s best friend, and we have remained close through the years. I enjoyed this article about you and your model planes!

    Best,
    Keith Byler, D.O.
    KCOM 1985

  3. Keith Byler, D.O. says:

    Dr. Ross, wondering if you are a WWII history buff, in that this F411 is your favorite? If so, are you familiar with Pappy Gunn, and the modifications he made to the B-25’s in the South Pacific? His son, Nathaniel Gunn (who, with his mother and three siblings was a POW in Manila from the age of 11-14) has written a wonderful book titled “Pappy Gunn” that is full of photos, copies of letters/documents, etc. Nat is in his 80’s now, and living in Texas. He was my father’s best friend, and we have remained close through the years. I enjoyed this article about you and your model planes!

    Best,
    Keith Byler, D.O.
    KCOM 1985

  4. Keith Byler, D.O. says:

    Dr. Ross, wondering if you are a WWII history buff, in that this F411 is your favorite? If so, are you familiar with Pappy Gunn, and the modifications he made to the B-25’s in the South Pacific? His son, Nathaniel Gunn (who, with his mother and three siblings was a POW in Manila from the age of 11-14) has written a wonderful book titled “Pappy Gunn” that is full of photos, copies of letters/documents, etc. Nat is in his 80’s now, and living in Texas. He was my father’s best friend, and we have remained close through the years. I enjoyed this article about you and your model planes!

    Best,
    Keith Byler, D.O.
    KCOM 1985

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