Friday photo: John Dundas first solo

The moment: First solo (age 85)

The pilot: John Dundas

The place: Fairchild International Airport (KCLM), Port Angeles, WA

The aircraft: C172M

The memory: A couple of years ago a pilot “friend” took me for a ride in his Ercoupe.  Soon another pilot “friend” insisted that I learn to fly.  Thousands of dollars later I had my first solo, in October 2018.  Now my first friend has sold his plane, and the second friend has given up flying!  I’ve got a ways to go for the private pilot license, but I’m working on it with enthusiasm!


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