90-year-old pilot completes 90 US-Canada crossings

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, John Lawton pulls his Cessna 172 airplane out of the hanger in Wadsworth, Ohio. Lawton will attempt to make 90 flying passages across the U.S.-Canadian border. Lawton says he’s been a pilot for 56 years and got it in his head to do something different for his birthday this year. He plans a series of figure-eight maneuvers above the Niagara River on Grand Island, north of Buffalo, N.Y., that will take him back and forth across the northern border. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, John Lawton pulls his Cessna 172 airplane out of the hanger in Wadsworth, Ohio. Lawton will attempt to make 90 flying passages across the U.S.-Canadian border. Lawton says he’s been a pilot for 56 years and got it in his head to do something different for his birthday this year. He plans a series of figure-eight maneuvers above the Niagara River on Grand Island, north of Buffalo, N.Y., that will take him back and forth across the northern border. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A 90-year-old pilot has completed his birthday quest to fly 90 passes across the U.S.-Canadian border.

John Lawton of Seville, Ohio, went up in his Cessna 172 north of Buffalo on Tuesday and flew a series of figure eights over the Niagara River border, detouring for a few trips around nearby Niagara Falls, which straddles the U.S. and Canada.

Lawton had planned on making the crossings on his 90th birthday on Monday but got about 28 in before the attempt was curtailed by wind. Fellow pilot Claudia Childs, who helped in the planning, says Lawton finished the remaining crossings Tuesday in about 90 minutes.

Lawton plans to speak with reporters at Niagara Falls Aviation later Tuesday.

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