Pilot to KI 'Duffy' enjoys his 90th birthday

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Fellow former commercial pilot Bill Riceman, former KI airport manager David Bell, American River agent Yolane Borchardt, Howard "Duffy" Duffield and his wife Anna, Trudi Roberts and sons Thomas and Darcy.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Fellow former commercial pilot Bill Riceman, former KI airport manager David Bell, American River agent Yolane Borchardt, Howard "Duffy" Duffield and his wife Anna, Trudi Roberts and sons Thomas and Darcy.

Legendary pilot to Kangaroo Island, Howard "Duffy" Duffield celebrated his 90th birthday in Adelaide on April 13 surrounded by family friends.

Duffy made a career of flying to KI, first with Emu Airways and then Air Kangaroo Island, notching up more than 14,000 flights over several decades.

Duffy travelled all the way from the Philippines, where he now lives with his wife Anna.

His birthday lunch was shared at the Para Hills Community Club and a good time was had by all.

There were about 100 people in attendance, the majority being his family. This was the first time he was meeting some of his great grandchildren.

A small KI contingent travelled over including former Island airport manager David Bell and his daughter Trudi Roberts and grandsons Thomas and Darcy.

Also present was fellow commercial pilot Bill Riceman and also Yolane Borchardt, a former agent for Emu Airways and Air KI at American River.

A delicious desert cake was bought from Muratti Cakes at Prospect.

A delicious desert cake was bought from Muratti Cakes at Prospect.

The club supplied excellent food, and a delicious desert cake was bought from Muratti Cakes at Prospect.

"It was a great day of reminiscing with family and friends and being able to thank and praise him for his wonderful example of how to live life well," Duffy's daughter Lynette said.

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