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Former Paratrooper Back in Sky After 50 Years

Following a half-century away from flying, Howard Carter recently took a Cessna 172 for a trip at the Statesville, N.C., Regional Airport. Carter, who was a World War II paratrooper, received the flight as a Christmas gift from his caregiver, Kimberly Moten. Following take-off, Paramount Flight Services instructor Chris Loney told the 86-year-old Carter-who has a valid pilot's license-that he could take the controls. Carter has loved airplanes since he was a small child. When he was 16 years old, he took half-hour flying lessons each Sunday in Charlotte. After his U.S. Army service during World War II, Carter returned to Statesville to oversee his family's flour and seed mill and later owned and ran the Rotonda Restaurant for three decades. "His true love was flying," Moten stated. "I love watching him get all excited when talking about flying." After landing the plane, Loney noted that Carter flew the majority of the flight and was able to keep the plane steady at an appropriate altitude during the trip.

December 25, 2008

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