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Stanley McGrew started his aviation career in 1951, and ended it 66 years later, in 2017. He grounded himself in the spring of 2017 because he wanted to quit while he was ahead. Through his 66 years of flying, he only scratched one aircraft and the plane was a complete loss due to an in-flight fire which burned out from under him. McGrew went into the United States Air Force in 1954. He retired after 20 years of service in 1974. He went back to school for a short time, to gain his aircraft mechanic license. In 1978, he was hired by the U.S. Forest Service to fly for them. He stayed with Region 4 of the Forest Service flying through early 1992 when he decided it was time to get out of the business. Since then he has been mostly retired but still very active in aviation working frequently at the Morgan County Airport. During the course of his flying life he has owned 6 different airplanes and 2 gliders. He recently sold his 6th airplane.