Airplane Slough Airstrip Connection
Our source for this story is Mr. Harris McGough (pronounced Magoo). Harris’ granddaddy was Thomas Dawson McGough Jr. Thomas McGough Jr.’s son (Harris’ dad) was Thomas Dawson McGough III or Tom to his friends. From talking to Harris it is apparent his dad led an interesting life. Tom was born in 1915, and by age 15 he bought his first airplane, possibly a Fairchild or a Piper J-4. From then on Tom owned several airplanes until, much later in life, the cost of keeping them insured became too much. Tom’s dad Thomas Jr. also flew, but Harris isn’t sure who taught whom to fly.
When Tom wasn’t flying he had other things to interest him. Harris said his dad had the first Triumph motorcycle in Montgomery. However, motorcycles and planes were just hobbies; motorcars were to be Tom’s bread and butter, as he went on to own the Oldsmobile dealership (Capitol Motors) in Montgomery. Tom’s brother Frank (Harris’s uncle) owned Capitol Chevrolet in Montgomery, and at one time held a world speed record in a boat. Harris added his Uncle Frank’s boat racing was partially sponsored by Johnson Outboard Motors.