"Follow your heart.” We’ve heard that advice time and time again, but sometimes, life just gets in the way. Such was the case for Richard Buchanan.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been an airport nut. I flew models, and I was absolutely crazy about anything airplane from World War II and Korea. A buddy and I tried to go into the U.S. Air Force when we were 16. My mom wouldn’t sign me up, and my buddy went without me. I got married and then went to engineering school at night. Before long, we had kids and, well, I guess I put flying on the back burner,” he explains of his diverted path.
That doesn’t mean Buchanan isn’t a determined, goal-oriented type. After a successful career using his engineering skills, Buchanan decided to give flying a second chance.
He recalls, “One day, when I was 56 years old, I told my wife I was going to Florida to get my pilot’s license and asked her if she wanted to go with me. ‘Of course,’ she said. ‘Sure!’