by John Rafferty
About the Author
John Rafferty graduated from the Academy of Aeronautics at La Guardia Airport, New York, in 1954. He began his varied professional career as an FAA-licensed aircraft mechanic, worked for Fairchild in their Guided Missles Division, and later was crew chief on a Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker while serving with the U.S. Air Force.
He first learned to fly in 1955, at Peter O'Knight Airport in Tampa, Florida. He later earned his instrument rating, and since then he has flown the entire length and width of the U.S.—from Maine to Florida and from New York to California—in single-engine airplanes.
John Rafferty is presently a freelance writer and consultant, and lives in Phoenix.