Walnut Cove, North Carolina
Susan Dusenbury, EAA Lifetime 55229, began flying at the age of 15 on a private airport, Overton Field, located near her shared hometowns of Andrews and Pawleys Island in South Carolina.
She earned her private pilot certificate during her senior year in high school and is a graduate of Francis Marion University, where she earned a degree in accounting and business administration. While in college Susan earned her commercial, multiengine, instrument, and flight instructor certificates.
After college she enrolled in a two-year airframe and powerplant mechanic course and graduated with an associate degree in aviation maintenance technology. Susan is a longtime EAA and VAA member and volunteer and serves as president of Vintage Chapter 3 in Walnut, North Carolina.
Susan recently retired from the EAA board of directors after serving for 20 years and also recently retired from ABX Air (formerly Airborne Freight Corporation) after 25 years of flying night freight. Over time Susan has owned or restored several vintage airplanes including an Aeronca 7AC Champ, a Luscombe 8A, an Inland Sport, a KR-21, and a Culver Cadet. She now owns and flies a 1953 Cessna 180 and a 1937 Taylor J-2 Cub from her farm in North Carolina and is restoring a 1935 Stinson SR-6 Reliant.