Quadriplegic pilot revives aviation career at Indiana State University

For 20 years of his life, Errett “E.J.” Bozarth spent nearly as much time in a cockpit as he did on the ground. As a commissioned officer, tactical fighter pilot and flight instructor in the U.S. Marine Corps, he controlled some of the military’s most powerful aircraft. Later, as a Dallas-based pilot with American Airlines, passengers trusted Bozarth to fly them to nearly every country in the world.

Now, students at Indiana State University are trusting Bozarth, 60, to share those skills with them so they might build the sort of career he once had. “We old pilots that have some experience have an obligation to mentor the younger pilots that are coming along, to kind of pass the baton to the next generation of aviators,” Bozarth said.

Bozarth’s desire to mentor up and coming student pilots is not as straightforward as it might sound. That’s because he has spent the last 20 years of his life in a wheelchair.

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===> Posted on May 6, 2010 by Janice Wood. No comments. © GAN 2010

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