It has been suggested new technology and “The Greatest Generation” do not mix. Keystone Aviation put that theory to the test (and had a little fun) this past Father’s Day weekend.
Colonel Patrick Kenny, 93 year-old decorated World War II veteran and grandfather to Keystone Aviation pilot Jeff Jerman, lent a hand in disproving the theory on board a HondaJet. Col. Kenny served in the Air Force from 1942 until retirement in 1974 commanding a large variety of aircraft in that time, including the B-17 bomber, the P-51 Mustang and in later years the B-47, B-52 and B-57, the 57th aircraft he qualified to fly.
Col. Kenny calls Jeff his “best student” but on the HondaJet roles reversed and Jeff was playing teacher. On board the HondaJet, both pilots created new memories flying and exploring the clear Utah sky. With over 70 years in the air, and therefore comfortable in the cockpit of any airplane, Col. Kenny flew the HondaJet like the experienced pro he is – carefully, smoothly and with a twinkle in his eye. While he marveled at the technology of today’s aircraft and its capabilities, for Col. Kenny technology did not hinder his experience for the day.
The hour-long flight included a low pass over the Colonel’s old hangar and a scenic trip around the Wasatch Mountains. Every air traffic controller throughout the flight, signed off by thanking the Colonel for his service.
What started out as a day of celebration and shared experiences between two generations ended with Col. Kenney expressing his joy by saying it was “The Flight of My Life!”