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First Flight - page 22

Never losing his childhood desire to become a pilot, Dad took his first flying lesson in 1934 at the...

...north end of Cedar Island, Orillia with pilot and 'instructor' Gordon Wellstead.
I had my first flight and instruction for eight dollars per hour - six dollars solo.

I went solo after three hours dual instruction on floats. And I sure hoped the wind didn't change direction on Lake Couchiching for my first landing. My weekly wage at Bryson's Bakery then was the sum of nine dollars per week.