Diary of Dwight D. Eisenhower

July 20, 1939

I took my exams, early this month for “private airplane pilot,” under both the American & Philippine Bureaus. Passed successfully. So now I’m a a licensed pilot. While I’ll never be good, and after going to states perhaps I’ll never get a chance to handle a stick –still I’ve realized one ambition. I have about 180 hours pilot time; and some 140 observer time in the air.