William “Bill” Bilson is 86 years old and flew for the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant between the years of 1950 and 1955. Bill flew 100 missions in Korea in an F–86 fighter.
Bill was credited with one enemy aircraft damaged in combat. The plane came down in enemy territory and the actual downing could not be confirmed.
In Bill’s 8th grade class annual, the question was asked “What are you going to be when you grow up?” Bill wrote “Flyer”.
It should be noted that in 1935, Bill took his first airplane ride in a Ford Tri-Motor at the same airport here in Modesto where he flew his dream flight with Ageless Aviation. That 1935 flight cost him five dollars (which, thanks to all of our generous donors like SportClips, was five dollars more than today’s flight cost him!).