90-year-old pilot completes 90 US-Canada crossings

AP News
Posted: Jun 04, 2013 1:31 PM

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A 90-year-old pilot has completed his birthday quest to fly 90 passes across the U.S.-Canadian border.

John Lawton of Seville, Ohio, went up in his Cessna 172 north of Buffalo on Tuesday and flew a series of figure eights over the Niagara River border, detouring for a few trips around nearby Niagara Falls, which straddles the U.S. and Canada.

Lawton had planned on making the crossings on his 90th birthday on Monday but got about 28 in before the attempt was curtailed by wind. Fellow pilot Claudia Childs, who helped in the planning, says Lawton finished the remaining crossings Tuesday in about 90 minutes.

Lawton plans to speak with reporters at Niagara Falls Aviation later Tuesday.