Founder of FlightSafety International, one of the world's foremost aviation schools.
He decided to become a pilot at the age of sixteen, having been inspired by a radio news report on Charles Lindbergh's famous flight.
He was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
He and his wife, Eileen, were married in 1944.
He, like Bill Gates, became a noted philanthropist, donating most of his fortune to charitable causes.