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Lewes retiree fulf'dls dt cam with reinstatement ofpu, license By Kristen Seal "A lot of people said I couldn't do it, so that just made me want to do it even more." Does that sound familiar? Elmer Boyer, 79, of Lewes, has proven that dreams can come true if one keeps a posi- tive attitude. Boyer, as of October of 1994, passed his physical and success- fully completed his three manda- tory hours in the biannual flight test and oral exam to have his commercial pilot's license rein- stated after 30 years. As a youngster in Lebanon County, Pa. after World War I, Boyer became interested in air- craft because a local pilot would take community residents for rides in his World War I plane. In 1932, Boyer and his brother pur- chased an American Eagle biplane with an OX5 water cooled engine, assembled it, and practiced flying. They later traded that plane for a monoplane with a 40 horsepower single ignition plane. Around 1939, Boyer received his pilot's license and grouped together with fellow pilots to form the Civilian Air Defense. In 1941, Boyer joined the Civil Air Patrol, an aux- iliary of the U.S. Air Force orga- nized by Congress. The Civil Air Patrol mainly operates air rescue units to locate lost planes and as- sist in emergencY situations or disasters. "The main purpose [of the Civil Air Patrol] is to'Irain cadets to be leaders and to educate them in procedures of emergency," said Boyer. As a Civil Air Patrol member, Boyer flew L-I, L-2, L-3, L-4, L- 5, and L-19 planes in World War II. In 1947 he worked at Meyer- stown Airport in Lebanon County, operating planes across the east coast for a local cattle auctioneer. In the early 1950s he became the commanding officer of Civil Air Patrol Squadron 306 in Pennsyl- vania. Boyer moved from a cap- tain, to group air inspector over seven to eight squadrons, to a ma- jor in the Civil Air Patrol. Also in the 1950s Boyer was the civil de- fense director for Lebanon County and worked with the U.S. Air Force Air Sea Rescue in heli- copters. With that rescue unit he flew co-pilot in H-19 and H-21 choppers, delivering food, fuel, medicine and doctors, Boyer re- tired from the Civil Air Patrol in 1964 and moved to Delaware in 1965. Elmer Boyer, 79, of Lewes, recently had his pilot's license reinstated and has fulfilled his dream of flying once again. Boyer became a member of the Civil Air Patrol in World War II, moving up the ranks to group air inspector over seven to eight squadrons in Pennsylvania, working with the Air Force Sea Rescue before retiring in 1964. Boyer had received his ocean' going captain's license in Penn- sylvania, so when he and his wife moved to Lewes he began work- ing with Dale Parsons at Fisher- man's Wharf. He retired in 1975 and has kept himself busy farming and working with electronics. When Boyer's wife, "Morn", and son, Elmer, took Boyer to Sussex County Airport for Father's Day in 1992 for an airplane ride, the pilot let Boyer operate the plane and his interest in flying was rekindled. "My blood began to boil after that. I never lost interest in flying - it's something that you never forget. But I never thought I could qualify myself again," added Boyer. That is exactly what he did 30 years after his last stint with flying. After passing the exam, Boyer's pilot's license was reinstated by a Continued on page 16 Rudder Continued from page 14 the tide, and then moved to the highest rocks to keep out of the water." Rogan speculated that Rudder may have even been standing in water during high tide. Rudder's running and swim- ming days are over. The Rogans have placed a fence around the back yard of their home and that's where he'll stay. Rudder doesn't seem to mind, though. She waits for Andrew Rogan to return from school each day and they have plenty of room to play. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 3 - February 9, 1995 - 15 Rubies & Diamonds 1 Now for a .,:: . / limited time !,  ...... . ........ , ...... SAVE 25% on all fine  ii! i[  Ruby & Diamond (: Jewelry STUART KINGSTON GALLERY 227-2524 Located at the north end of the Rehoboth Boardwalk MES Our Many Services Include ~ Hair Cuts & Styling Perms & Body Waves Coloring & Foil Highlights Manicures, Pedicures, Nail Sculpting & Art ii i !=ii=iiiiiiiiNiiiii!i!i!ii!!!i-ii!!Niiii!ilil For Appointment call: 227-1960 800-259-0407 4323 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach, DE Matrix hair care system used i Kiss Those Reading Glasses Good-DyeI Now it's possible for your natural vision at all distances to be comfortably restoredby the new Lifestyle Multifocal m RGP contact lens. Simply call us and ask if you are a candi- date to wear this innovative new lens. If you are, we can order a lens custom-made with your personal prescription for you to test, and the lens cost is RISK FREE!* Glasses & Contacts [201G Savannah Rd. 521 S. DuPont Hwy. Lewes, DE. 19958 Milford, DE. 19963 645-1800 422-2800 * Professional fees not included i!t I