A native of Dimmitt, a Texas farm town between Lubbock and Amarillo, Horton gravitated to aviation early on since his father owned an aerial spraying operation there. He recalls the arrival of a Grumman AgCat, and was instantly captivated by the rugged, radial-powered biplane and equally rugged types who flew it. His career path clear, he earned an A&P on his 18th birthday and worked his way through Texas Tech as a ramp agent with Southwest Airlines. There followed a steady succession of ...

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