William "Yukon" O'Connor had a 26 year career as an aviator in the United States Air Force and completed tours of duty flying eight different types of jets, including assignments as an exchange officer to both the Egyptian Air Force and the U.S. Navy. He flew seventy-nine combat sorties over Iraq during the "no-fly zone" years before being selected to join the elite cadre of F-117 Stealth Fighter pilots at Holloman AFB, new Mexico. His final active-duty assignment was to Sheppard AFB, Texas where he was an instructor plot and the U.S. Senior National Representative to the NATO fighter pilot training program for almost five years. O'Connor amassed 6,077 jet flight hours as a fighter, test, and instructor pilot before retiring. He currently lives in north Texas where is a contact instructor pilot and flies World War II warbirds for heritage organizations on weekends.