'I moved to the US with $2500 and a Reno air racing dream': Thom Richard's incredible story

He left Sweden for the States as a 17-year-old, and literally fulfilled his dreams by flying air racers and warbirds

An impecunious foreigner, upping sticks for the United States in pursuit of a new, more rewarding life — the ‘American dream’, if you will. It’s a tale that’s far from just the preserve of distant history, or the stuff of fiction. Such are the USA’s vast, less restricted opportunities to take up aviation, whether recreationally or as a career, that many still choose to follow exactly that path as a way into flying. And quite a few decide to stay there for good.

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