Florida native Paul Halyard

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Florida native Paul Halyard

Florida native Paul Halyard

September 16, 2016

Central Florida businessman Paul Halyard pictured as a boy, circa 1930s.

Listen as Mr. Halyard describes his childhood days watching airplanes at Albert Whited Field in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Mr. Halyard at The University Club of Orlando on June 3, 2016.

LISTEN Part I (20:03)                                                         (text highlights from audio recording)

I was a small child in St. Petersburg, the event on Sunday afternoon was to go to Albert Whitted Field and sit and watch the airplanes take off and land. And airplanes in the thirties was just the beginning of aviation. And so, it was quite an event to see the airplane fly. And so my dad was taking flying lessons, and so we would watch him take off and land. And later on, at that same airport at Tropical Aviation, after World War II, I started taking lessons. But it was very expensive. It was $8.00 an hour for the airplane, the instructor, the gas, and everything. So I could afford 15 minutes. So for $2.00 I got two touch and go's, and they'd put it in my logbook. And so, that's how I started my flying career. It was 15 minutes at a time with two touch and go's at Albert Whitted Field in St. Petersburg, Florida....

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