Wichita pilot recognized for decades of flight
The Federal Aviation Administration is recognizing a Wichita man with its prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.
John Riggs, 88, is a member of the Commemorative Air Force Jayhawk Wing. He has logged more than 13,000 hours and 2.8 million miles flying airplaines. He still holds a current medical certificate and a private license. He flies his Piper Tri Pacer and Taylor Craft airplanes, which he keeps at Dead Cow International Airport in Wichita.
Riggs served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and has a long history of flying a variety of types of aircraft. He recently participated on a Kansas Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
An FAA representative will present Riggs with its award at the Commemorative Air Force Jayhawk Wing Christmas party Tuesday night at Savute's Italian Restaurant in Wichita.