Born the son of an Air Force fighter pilot Bill has been in love with Military Aviation as long as he can remember. After a brief stint in the United States Air Force He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering. He put that to good use in the commercial aviation field where he worked for 24 years. The last 17 of those years he worked as a FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER); Approving designs and testing for FAA supplemental type certificates (STCs). He retired from commercial aviation in 2016 to pursue his love of restoring and operating classic military airplanes. He is type rated in the L-29, MiG-15, MiG-17, T-33 and the B-17.