Hugo Heller was just like any other teenage boy growing up in rural Wisner, Nebraska. He spent most of his time hanging out on the farm and doing the things any other curious kid would do.
One day, Hugo and his brothers, Oscar, Henry and Herman, hitched horses to a hayrack and drove about a mile to haul hay from the Risser flying field. This task was an exciting experience because whenever Andy Risser, a well-known barnstormer, was home he would give the boys airplane rides. Andy, one of Nebraska's earliest pilots flew around the country making short stops, performing stunts in the air and gave people rides in his plane.
Hugo was always fascinated with airplanes, so he decided to take flying lessons by mail. Then in the mid-forties he took lessons from Risser, who owned a flying school at the airport south of Norfolk, Nebraska. Over a period of time, Hugo earned a pilot, instructor and a commercial license. He also did crop spraying.
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