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American Bonanza Society Magazine

New “Tail” of an Old School Paint Scheme 1974 V35B N8171R (D-9669)

John “Jolly” Rogers, Memphis, Tennessee

This tale, or tail, began many years ago. I grew up in upstate New York and left in 1977 to attend The Citadel in South Carolina. The Air Force offered me an ROTC scholarship to be a civil engineer. That plan changed in the summer of 1980 when I was given a flight in a T-37B at Reese AFB, Texas, during my ROTC training. When I returned to the Citadel that fall, I inquired if it would be possible to pursue flying instead of engineering. Fortunately, the Air Force agreed that I might be a good fit for aviation. Prior to that T-37 flight, flying jets had never really crossed my mind.