Spin Doctor Bill Kershner

Kershner soloed an Aeronca Defender from Clarksville, Tennessee's Outlaw Field - a grass strip at the time - in 1945 at age 16. After four years flying Corsairs in the Navy, Kershner worked as a corporate pilot, flight-test pilot, and special assistant to William T. Piper Sr., then president of Piper Aircraft. Kershner authored and illustrated a series of five highly regarded flight manuals; his Student Pilot's Flight Manual alone has sold more than 1 million copies. He also was known as the "Spin Doctor" for his interest in spins, having logged more than 8,000 spins totaling some 35,000 turns. He passed away in January 2007 and his Cessna 152 Aerobat resides in the Smithsonian