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Plane enthusiast turns 100

DUNCAN, Okla._A former National Guardsman, pilot and flight instructor from Duncan turned 100 years young Thursday.

John Shipman was born on this day in 1915 in Oklahoma City. Thursday, members of the Duncan Senior Citizen Center had a celebration for Shipman including a cake.

Shipman says he always had a love for flying. According to a worker at the community center, his late wife said he wanted to be a pilot the first time he spotted a plane. He earned his solo permit at the age of 15. He was a flight instructor in Colorado and during World War II, he was a flight instructor commander at Wilson and Bonfield's airport in Chickasha. Shipman says he also enjoyed his job flying for Halliburton for 25 years.

“I've had a very fortunate life, everything turned out in my favor. I don't have a secret really, it's just living," said Shipman.

Shipman retired from his job at Halliburton in 1972. He's an active member at the senior center in Duncan. He also owned a white and red 1986 Bucker Jungmeister biplane, which he donated to the Oklahoma Airspace Museum. The plane is based on a 1935 German design and is similar to one hanging in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

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