Billy Rees' autobiography - his world travels as a pilot/navigator; flew the Hump India-China; 50 trips around world - 5 trips to North Pole for Seaboard World Airlines, age 87 good health.
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Billy Rees is a World War II Veteran. The Sun Does Not Rise in the East is his autobiography. He was born in Jonesboro Arkansas Nov. 3, 1919. He drowned at age 6. He was in a car that turned over 3 times and was left on the side of the road for dead. Two days later he came out of a coma with one ear torn off. In 1941 he graduated from Arkansas State College with a B.S. degree and a private pilots' license. He threw up on his instructor's neck during his first flying lesson. The plane he learned to fly in 1940 was a 50 H.P. Piper Cub with no brakes, no radio, and he had to spin the propeller by hand to start it. He made it fly over Jonesboro in a backward direction. He became a cadet at the University of Miami Coral Gables Florida in September 1941 studying Celestial Air Navigation and training flights with Pan American Airlines. Pearl Harbor was attacked Dec. 7, 1941 starting World War II. March 1942 he graduated as Second Lieutenant and was selected as an instructor at Hondo Air Force Base, Texas. He crash-landed a plane in Detroit. He flew the Hump from India to China then joined the Ferry Command in Long Beach CA ferrying planes world wide, was promoted to Major then was hospitalized for 6 months. He flew the Korean Airlift for Seaboard World Airlines as Navigator. Seaboard became Flying Tigers which became Federal Express. Billy owned 2 night clubs, 2 restaurants, a theatre, pool hall, beer lounge (lessee committed suicide), 19 new Cadillacs, 4 motorcycles. He is 87 in good health.
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