BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Gene Engledow is one of the good people of Bolivar, a town which seems to have a lot of them.
"I'm pretty well known around there now,” Engledow said recently.
Well known is an understatement. Engledow has his own "day" coming up. It’s Oct. 7, Engledow’s birthday.
"Stay busy. I think stay busy is the main secret to life,” said.
Engledow will turn 100 years old. Perhaps more impressive than that is Engledow has almost as many years licensed for flight. He prefers a view from above.
"Seventy-seven years; I've had a license and an airplane all that time.”
He's one of the oldest and longest tenured pilots, with a clean record to go with it.
"These here -- there are hardly any of these issued by the FAA," he said, showing his license.
His certificate says Master Pilot and Master Mechanic.
"Fifty years of flying with no violations, no accidents; that's why I don't want to fly much now, I might mess it up!"