That day started a lifelong romance with aviation that would last 47 accident-free years. Pat later married and had a daughter. She also kept flying, owning a 1964 Cessna 172, and a new 1967 Cessna 172, which she picked up from the Cessna Pawnee factory in Wichita. In 1975, she would buy her third Cessna 172, a new Skyhawk II with bright orange-and-brown paint, and a “premium” avionics package that included dual ARC radios, a transponder and an ADF. This airplane, beloved and babied by its owner, would serve to teach her daughter Dianne to fly.