White Christmas


Although her name was Yvonne, I called her Bonnie and it stuck for the rest of her life. This flight training lasted through Christmas, and when she visited, we all gathered around an old piano and sang "White Christmas."

The airplanes were equipped with skis

because the snow and ice was everywhere in that cold Wisconsin area. Back then people got ice from the great lakes and crews would be camped out there sawing out great chunks. This was just too tempting for a recently soloed pilot so I flew down until my skis were on the ice and made a wild run right at the ice cutters . . . pulling up at the last minute. Of course this resulted in a severe tongue lashing back at the base but nothing else.

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