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Bryan Swopes poses with his 1974 Dodge Charger. The special edition car has played a role in various milestones throughout Swopes’ life, including his first date with his wife, the time he brought his newborn son home from the hospital and his first driving lesson with that same son 16 years later. Fireball Tim Lawrence/Surfside News
Fireball Tim Lawrence
3:50 am PST January 23, 2020
Earlier this month, I uncovered a gem: Bryan Swopes’ triple-black 1974 Dodge Charger SE (Special Edition). Swopes is a retired sheriff’s deputy, former chief helicopter pilot for Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, and, for the last seven years, he has been writing www.thisdayinaviation.com, a daily internet blog on aviation history with over 1,511 articles.