East Texan earns 'Wright Brothers Master Pilot' award
POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 5:42pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 5:20pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Lou Thomas has spent the last 53 years with his head in the clouds, flying airplanes. For his decades of safe flying, the Federal Aviation Administration has honored him with the national, "Wright Brothers Master Pilot" award.
KETK spoke with Thomas who said, "It's something I never thought about. I just never thought about getting to this point in life, and continuing to fly as long as I have". Flying is his forever passion. He explained, "When you look down at the earth, and you see the beauty of the earth from the air, we live in a marvelous place".
That passion has kept Thomas in the skies his entire life, flying for the Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force, and Central Intelligence Agency. Thomas said, "I never, never forgot flying. I always went back to flying. Whenever I was home, I was going to the airport, all the time". Thomas has clocked in 2,700 hours of flying time, and continues to volunteer with the C.A.P. even at 76 years-old.
Through it all, his wife has been his biggest supporter. Betty Thomas got teary eyed when she said, "I mean he is a man of his word, he's full of integrity, and this means a lot to him. And it means a lot to me too". The two met on a blind date right before he went on assignment to Iran. Betty went to visit him, and the rest is history. She said, "We were married a year to the day we met, after seeing each other for three weeks in one year".
Thomas is living proof the sky's the limit.