Our Master Builder
Bill Cox, of Jackson, is building this scale model of the Mustang “DING HAO” for the Veterans Memorial Museum. Growing up in Jackson, Bill worked on weekends for an airplane company in Jackson at Hawkins Field, gassing planes, helping the mechanics and simply, “being around airplanes.”
He earned his US Air Force commission in 1955, enrolled in the Air Force pilot training program in Tucson Arizona, earning his silver Air Force wings in 1956. His training grades allowed him the choice of a 4-month course to become a jet instructor pilot at Craig AFB in Alabama.
He married Katherine Bonney, formerly of Laurel, at the end of Instructor training in Alabama. They moved to Big Spring, Texas where Bill became an Air Force flight instructor. After serving his tour of duty, Bill and Katherine returned to Mississippi and graduated from Ole Miss Law School in 1961.
During the years he has continued his boyhood love of flying. He has logged about 3,000 flying hours and has continued also, while in the Air Force and Law School and up until today, his hobby of building and flying model planes operated by radio control.