Roy “Buddy” Wellerson’s love for airplanes began at a young age. In 1939,
when he was 11 years old, Buddy received an honorable mention for his entry—a highly
sophisticated aircraft design—in a Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade float design contest. As a
teenager, he took evening classes at the Manhattan School of Aviation after a full day of classes
at a traditional high school, earning himself diplomas from both institutions.