90th birthday border crossings postponed by wind

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, John Lawton poses by his Cessna 172 airplane in Wadsworth, Ohio. Lawton will attempt to make 90 flying passages across the U.S.-Canadian border. Lawton says he’s been a pilot for 56 years and got it in his head to do something different for his birthday this year. He plans a series of figure-eight maneuvers above the Niagara River on Grand Island, north of Buffalo, N.Y., that will take him back and forth across the northern border. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 90-year-old pilot’s plan to fly across the U.S.-Canadian border 90 times has been postponed by wind.

John Lawton, of Seville, Ohio, had hoped to make the flight north of Buffalo on his 90th birthday Monday. But he says there are high winds at the altitude so he’ll have to try on Tuesday.

Lawton plans to fly his Cessna 172 back and forth across the border over the Niagara River. His daughter Brenda plans to be along for the ride.

The pilot estimates the feat will take from one to two hours. He plans to speak with reporters at the Niagara Falls airport upon landing.

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