Wilbur G. Hildreth, of Sagaponack, died with family at his bedside at Southampton Hospital on Friday, January 13, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 54.
Born on February 19, 1957, in Manhasset, Billy, as he was known, grew up in Glen Head. He always knew he wanted to be a pilot and was single-minded in his career goal. After high school, he attended the Florida Institute of Technology and received his Bachelor of Science degree in air commerce flight sciences. After graduation in 1980, he distinguished himself by being the youngest pilot to be recruited by a major airline. He flew as commercial transport pilot for Northwest Airlines for more than 15 years and held more than 23 certifications with more than 50,000 hours of flight time.... more