Youth: Four-Way Birthday

In 35 of the United States, a boy's 16th birthday is a mighty milestone: he becomes eligible for a driver's license. But for the boy of the future, age 16 may be a quadruple milestone—as it was last week for Gregory Potter, who celebrated his birthday by qualifying to drive not only cars, but also single-engined planes, twin-engined planes and helicopters.

A slight and bespectacled young man, Gregory arrived at Seattle's Boeing Field Airport last Sunday with his car license already in hand. The FAA inspectors had obligingly arranged to give him his three airborne tests in close succession as...

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