By Tom Cuthbert, Jr. (my Dad)
This is a story about a recent incident in the life of an aviator now 83 year old whose picture was in Life magazine in August 1945. The article was "Aviation in Chattanooga Schools." I was shown as a young pilot in Tennessee and here I am, then and now.
Sixteen years ago at age 67 my wife and I decided that enough was enough and sold our beautiful 6-passenger twin-engine Cessna airplane.
Thank goodness it was a good landing, so I didn't embarrass myself and Fred was suitably impressed as noted on his web site – http://www.keywestbiplanes.com/
As mentioned on Fred's website, I plan to return to our scheduled Key West timeshare in May 2012 and fly Fred's SNJ, like the Navy plane I last landed six times on a jeep aircraft carrier to graduate from Navy primary pilot training. The saying "There are old pilots and bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots" - must be right - I am really old and I have tried not to be bold. I told stunt pilot Fred Cabanas, who is in his fifties, to please be careful. He plans to be around next May, and I plan to be around even longer.