Proud of East Texas: Wayne Collins

By Joan Hallmark

Wayne Collins is a member of UFO, which stands for "United Flying Octogenarians." At the age of 88, Collins has set several world flying records, been a member of the Sesquicentennial Air Force celebrating Texas' 150th year as a state and Australia's 150th year as a nation.

Although Collins still flies for pleasure, many of his flights are to help others. He delivers planes for "Wings of Hope" and flies critically ill patients to medical centers. He's also active4 in the Young Eagles program, which gives introduction lessons free of charge to youngsters wanting to be pilots. For more information on the Young Eagles Program call 903-768-2611.

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