No other pilot in Archer's squadron or group earned a half credit that day.
However, the pilot earned his pay (all cash, and a lot of it).
Northwest's 6,200 pilots earn an average salary of $120,000 a year, according to the union, but the company puts the number at $133,000.
A senior pilot at American Airlines works about 14 days a month and can earn more than $200,000 a year.
She made her younger brother a pilot from her hard earned money.
There he earned his civilian pilots license, which was a rare achievement for a black man at the time.
Many pilots later earn an advanced license to fly in almost any weather.
The government's pension insurance is limited, and many pilots have earned more than the maximum coverage.
One of the union's chief complaints is that foreign pilots earn far more than Koreans do.
In addition, its pilots and crews earned many personal decorations.