John and his 1942 Waco ZPF-7
After retiring from United in 2002, John joined Ken Hyde at the Wright Experience and helped build and fly the 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction for the 2003 Countdown to Kitty Hawk Celebration. John then became a Docent (museum lecturer) at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum at Udvar-Hazy, where he gets to talk about airplanes all day long!
More recently, John became a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) and bought a sassy little L-16, the military version of the beloved Aeronca Champ, and gives flying lessons to pilots who would like to earn a tail-wheel endorsement, or student pilots working on their Sport Pilot License. When John’s not flying, you can find him at the pool, training for triathlons.
John & Maggie live on a farm in Rixeyville, near Culpeper, Virginia. Yes, there’s a grass strip on their farm.
John in his 1942 WACO ZPF-7
John's 1946 Aeronca L-16