Sunday, August 1, 2010
Second World War pilot relives years of flying military aircraft
Reprinted from Ottawa Citizen, by Claire Brownell
OTTAWA — For his 90th birthday, Bill Morton got a reunion with an old friend — a Tiger Moth biplane from the Second World War.
“You wouldn’t believe how excited I am,” he said. “I can barely talk.”
Morton served as a flight instructor and used Tiger Moths to train young recruits fresh out of the farms and cities. He showed off two dog-eared flight logs from the war, in which he had recorded every flight he had ever taken — including his very first flight in a Tiger Moth on Aug. 31, 1942.
Morton’s friend, Kevin Pyle, got the idea for the ultimate birthday present when he showed Morton the website for Vintage Wings, a hangar at the Gatineau airport that restores antique military airplanes. Morton spotted the Tiger Moth and identified it as the first plane he had ever flown, Kevin’s father Bill Pyle said.
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Image: First flight in the Tiger Moth, an entry in Bill Morton's original log books.
Photo credit: Mary Lee