John Served in the US Army during the Korean War. His group was in charge of the first mobile TV center that brought education TV to the troops fighting the war. John was a pilot and some of the planes he flew were Interstates, BT-19, and BT-13. He had never been behind the controls of a Stearman until this flight and once he came back down he said it was absolutely wonderful. He said it was nice to be catered to and be in the air again. John makes his home at Pioneer Village in Jacksonville, Oregon.