Keeping the Torch Burning

Conner Simpson RV8 2015 YE Flight

Conner Simpson’s Young Eagle flight in Paul’s RV8

Conner Simpson’s great-grandfather Archie Taylor learned to fly in Phoenix in 1938, served as an Army Air Corps pilot in World War II in the 1940’s, in the Korean War in the 1950’s, and in the Vietnam War in the 1960’s.

Conner’s grandfather Paul Taylor was a U.S. Air Force pilot in the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s. He then flew for Southwest Airlines for another 19 years.

Conner may be the one to keep the family aviation heritage alive. He took a “Young Eagle” flight with his grandfather Paul on October 13, 2015. They flew for 30 minutes in the gorgeous RV-8 that was built by Conner’s grandpa.

Conner is ten years old and a fifth grader at Cimarron Springs Elementary School in Surprise, AZ. “Conner did all the flying except takeoff and landing. We had built a fort in our backyard from big cardboard boxes and he was able to see that as we circled over the airpark. Conner has flown with me since he was two years old, but this was his official ‘Young Eagle’ flight.”

Paul Taylor, England 1984

Paul Taylor, England 1984

Archie Taylor Republic of Vietnam 1965_resized 300x400

Archie Taylor, Republic of Vietnam, 1965

Archie Taylor RV8 2007 - 91 Years Old_resized 300x400

Archie Taylor in back of Paul’s, RV8 in 2007 at age 91