It was a beautiful clear day when Hammonds took his first airplane ride with his uncle, and that was just the beginning of his lifelong passion and occupation. The love for flying was not immediate, however.
"It scared me to death," said Hammonds, but he soon recovered and was able to revel in the joy and wonder of flying. His uncle gave him lessons and he received his pilot's license as soon as he was old enough, which was about the time he was old enough to serve his country. At age 18, he joined the Air Force and his duty was that of Medical Air Evacuation. Hammonds was a medical technician and flew in planes that would pick up troops of all branches and take them to hospitals in the states.
After 20 years in the Air Force, Hammonds became a flight instructor, which has been his calling for many years. He loved the honor of being able to teach enthusiastic young people to fly.
Taking off from his runway through the cow pasture in his Piper Cub he made flying dreams come for the many students and friends that he took up in his plane. His blue eyes still sparkle when he speaks of his life and he has never lost the joy and passion he had as a young pilot and as a proud member of the United States Air Force.