Aviation was something I grew up hearing stories about from my father. He was an aerial gunner in WWII for the United States Army-Air Force. He would always have the History Channel on, and even though he served, could never get enough of the documentaries of others who served during the war. He would tell me stories about flying in the B-24 Liberator. How he would look over and see not just planes, but friends being blown out of the sky right next to him. How bullets would whiz through the fuselage as they were conducting their missions. How they would drink beers at night and celebrate being alive.
Many years after my father finished his service, he got a private pilot license and flew single engine planes like Cessna 150’s and 172’s, Mooney’s, and Piper Cherokee’s and Tri-Pacer’s. My father loved taking everyone up for a flight and I remember him always joking how my mom would fall asleep every time they went flying. Unfortunately, he lost his medical before I was born and never had the opportunity to fly with him. His passion for aviation never quit. He would go to the airport every morning before he went to work to smell the airport air. We went to every airshow, every year. For him, the shows were exhilarating and even when he couldn’t walk much, he would still have us take him. He would drive around on his scooter to see all the planes.
When my brothers and I were teenagers, we all chipped in and purchased a discovery flight for him to fly around with an instructor. My dad hadn’t been in a plane in over 20 years. It was such an exciting adventure and he told everyone. The instructor let him take off, fly around, and even land!
It has been seven years since he passed, and not a day goes by that I don’t wish he was sitting in the plane with us and to see what we have accomplished. My husband and I still go to airshows every year. We enjoy taking friends and family up for their first flight in a small plane and teaching others to fly. We learn so much from other pilots and have met some amazing people.
I love to look through his old pilot log books to see the types of planes he flew and whether or not they are still around. And when the B-24 Liberator comes around, I always make sure I am there. For me, aviation is more than just passion, it’s something that has been passed on to me. It’s in my blood.
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North Star Flight Academy
3000 NW 59th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-6641