Monday, April 20, 2009

A Tribute to Captain Bill!

Our good friend, Bill recently achieved a life long dream which had been on hold for over 35 years. That dream came true on December 23, 2008, when Bill passed his flying test and received his private pilot's license! Not only did he pass on his first try, it was also his 30th wedding anniversary on the same day!! As his daughter, Kristina says, "Dad's love of flying began well before his more than 30-year career with the Federal Government--first in the US Army, where he trained to be a helicopter crew chief, then after he graduated with his A & P (Airframe and Powerplant) license, he worked as a crew chief on some of NASA's most specialized aircraft, working his way up to aircraft maintenance supervisor for NASA Ames' research aircraft. After he retired, he was able to fulfill his life-long dream that had been on hold for over 35 years... He now enjoys exploring Northern California in his Cessna 150."

To commemorate his achievement, I recently made a special quilt for Bill. It's a quilt from Eleanor Burns' book, Victory Quilts, entitled "Flyboy," made with two 1940's blocks, the propeller and the airplane.

Here's a close-up of the airplane block.
I made a special label for the quilt with a picture of Bill and his plane!!

CONGRATULATIONS, CAPTAIN BILL!! We are really proud of you!

PS We also can't wait to fly with you sometime !!

5 comments:

Sue Laurie said...

Awww. Thank you!! and Bill says, he'd love to take you guys up for a flight (but it'll need to be one at a time--the plane's only a 2-seater). Love you guys!

Kristina Davidson said...

Awww Thanks Karen! We are all proud of him!

Karen said...

Wonderful quilt.

Annelies Dease said...

AWESOME.....great job and what a sweet and touching gift. XXX Annie

Faith said...

Whooo I love that quilt, congratulations to Bill on getting that pilots licence. I just just joined the mini quilt swap and thought I would go round and meet new bloggers and make new freinds in wonderful blogland about exciting quilts YIPPEE!! happy stitchings!!
faithx