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The author grew up on a depression-era, dust bowl farm, dreaming that some day he would fly. Straight off the farm and just out of high school he gained entry into the Army Air Corps aviation cadet program, survived that rigorous training regimen, earned his silver wings, and spent his 20th birthday on board ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, on his way to combat in Europe. He served as a member of the 325th Fighter Group – The "Checkertails" – flying fifty missions as a P-51 Mustang pilot. He completed a career in the U.S. Air Force and was a corporate pilot for fifteen years. This is a highly personal story about his experiences as he made that journey.