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Harry Moyer was born in Akron, Ohio on October 30, 1920. As a young boy Moyer built model airplanes and befriended another high school freshman in a model airplane club. His friend’s younger sister, Gabrielle, caught Moyer’s eye. Harry and Gabrielle were engaged before he departed for World War II and married upon his return in 1944 — they celebrated 73 years of marriage before she passed away earlier this year.
The 96-year-old pilot has been flying for a long time — since 1942, to be precise, when he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet while studying engineering at the University of Akron in Ohio.
During World War II, Moyer flew in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and China. He managed to down several enemy aircraft and damaged a few more. A photo of Moyer standing next to a P-40 in China in May 1944 now graces bottles of Tribute, a 2013 Red Blend produced by Pianetta Winery in San Miguel as homage to those who have served or are serving in the U.S. Military. With each bottle purchased, the winery made a donation to Honor Flight Central Coast California, which takes veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials. Moyer traveled to D.C. in 2013 with the group.
Harry still flies his 1964 Mooney from the San Luis Obispo Airport. Over the years, Harry and Gabrielle have flown many cross-country flights and made numerous trips in the western U.S. and to Mexico. Moyer estimated he’s logged about 5,500 flight hours.
When asked how long he might continue to fly, Moyer said: “As long as I can. As long as I feel I’m capable of getting it up and down without damaging anybody. It’s hard to think that one of these days I shouldn’t do it. But if I’m still capable of it …”
“Flying just gives you an exhilarating experience of seeing the world from a different perspective,” he added. “Just being up there like a bird and being able to maneuver and just take advantage of the three dimensions that you’re in and experience the sensation of flight — the movements, the pressure, the controls and just the exuberance that it gives you. It's been a life time adventure!”
Special thanks to Gary Foss of Pebble Beach for his donation of scale model German warships that include the Bismark, Scharnhorst, Prince Eugen, and Graf Spee. More to see at Estrella Warbirds Museum! Come on down!
Watch Dennis Gage show off Warbirds Wings & Wheels 8 on national TV. You can now watch the entire episode on our Warbirds Wings & Wheels 9 pages. Click here to view!
Dennis Gage came back to Estrella Warbirds Museum the first week of April, 2017 to film the Woodland Auto Display for yet another show later this season. We will post show times when we receive notice.
If you have visited the Woodland Auto Display this past year at Estella Warbirds Museum, you would have seen this Robert Yates car #28, diven by Davey Allison, on display. As of January 7th, it is on loan to an incredible organization. For just the third time since it opened in 2010, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will have a new feature displayed on its Glory Road exhibit -- one that highlights the most legendary drivers in the history of the sport. It takes some drivers years to make their mark on NASCAR’s premier series. In 1987, however, second-generation driver Davey Allison made headlines in his first full season. His five poles and two wins led to Rookie of the Year honors and a record that would stand for 12 seasons. Robert Yates, who served as engine builder on the car, took over as owner in 1989. He kept Allison on as driver and launched Robert Yates Racing
You can read more about the exhibit and view a video in the AutoWeek.com article which talks about this car, click here. How cool is that? Thanks Dick Woodland, for taking a critical part in this project!