On a freezing morning in January 1941, three months after he had joined the air force. The plane was a bright yellow Tiger Moth, a single-engine biplane with a fabric-covered steel-and-wood frame and a wooden propeller. It had two enclosed cockpits and dual controls. The student sat in the front cockpit and the instructor sat in the rear.

In May 1941, Stocky was moved to No. 11 SFTS in Yorkton, Saskatchewan where Stocky learned to fly a Harvard Trainer, a much faster and more powerful trainer than the Tiger Moth. The Harvard was also much trickier to fly.  By June he had 102 hours in the air, seventeen of them at night. At the end of June 1941 he passed his final Wings Test. On June 27, 1941, just three weeks past his nineteenth birthday, Stocky’s Pilot Wings were pinned on his chest.

Adapted from:  Hehner, Barbara. Desert Hawk: The True Story of Stocky Edwards, World War II Flying Ace (Kindle Locations 59-61). HarperCollins Canada. Kindle Edition.