92-year-old receives top FAA award

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The Federal Aviation Administration honored a Texoma man who has spent his lifetime working with aircraft.

Raymond Watson, 92, was awarded the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic award today surrounded by family, friends and former colleagues.

That award is named in honor of the Wright Brothers’ Mechanic who built the engine for the first plane to accomplish powered flight.

Through his love for aircraft, Watson flew his first plane before learning to drive. 

Watson said it is the motto that he has lived by all these decades that has earned him this honor.

“I kinda kept my nose above board and made sure I fixed the guys’ airplanes and I didn’t fix them good, I fixed them perfectly,” Watson said.

Watson said he is most proud of the major role he had in opening the Raymark Aviation Flight School which grew and expanded in Bowie.

The lease ended in 1983, he then spent his time as a manager at the Bowie Municipal Airport until 2007.

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