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Old Guys And Their Airplanes

February 11, 2014, 10:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Old Guys And Their Airplanes

A Sioux Falls man has found a way to turn his childhood hobby of drawing airplanes into a unique business.  His airplane drawings paint a picture worth more than a thousand words.

John Mollison has been drawing airplanes since he was three years old.  Now with his artistic skills, he's launched a unique show on the internet called 'Old Guys and Their Airplanes.

Mollison sits down with war pilots and draws them a picture of the plane they once flew in combat. 

In exchange for the print, Mollison gets to interview them for his show.

"I've found when I talk to these old guys, I get a lot of wisdom," Mollison said.

Mollison says that wisdom is a valuable resource, just like oil and energy, that needs to be tapped.

"These are people, who not only experienced combat, but they've also lived the life afterwards and the amazing amount of wisdom that you get when you talk to some of these people, that's what the show is really about," Mollison said.

One guy he interviewed for his show is 93-year-old Claude Hone of Sioux Falls, who flew combat missions over Guadalcanal during World War II.

Mollison: What do you think of war now?
Hone: I think it's terrible.  It doesn't solve anything; it doesn't solve a thing.

Hone is just one of 100 pilots Mollison has talked with for his half-hour long shows.  In every interview, as Mollison draws a sketch of the airplane they once flew, he gets a pretty good picture of how we can all learn from these heroes.

Mollison: So the question I ask of you, is that a function of your wisdom or your age? 
Hone: My experience, I think.  I have no regrets.  If I had to do it all over again, I'd make the same mistakes.  I always say I never made any bad mistakes in my life, but I sure made some good ones.

Mollison's next mission is to leave next month for Vietnam.   He plans to capture the meeting between a former U.S. Pilot and the North Vietnamese pilot who shot him down during the war.   To learn more about the show, visit the Old Guys and Their Airplanes website.

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