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Handsome Builds His Own Plane

On July 25, former Hazlehurst resident and Jeff Davis High graduate Joseph Handsome received his air worthiness certificate from the FAA for his amateur built airplane. Joe started building the airplane from plans in 2015 in his garage in Charlotte, N.C. The airplane is a Wittman tailwind w10 based on a design from the 1950s. Joe received his pilots license in 2013 and plans to test the airplane in North Carolina. He is the son of Rietta Handsome and the late Rufus Handsome of Hazlehurst. Handsome, who has a PhD in Management Information Systems, lives outside Charlotte where he is a Senior Technical Director at AT&T.


  1. Doran Jaffas on August 6, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    A huge congratulations!
    Doran Jaffas
    Ionia, Michigan.

    • Donna Russell(Williams) on August 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm


  2. Mattie E. Mckiver-Parker on August 7, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Absolutely Awesome,Congratulations Joe, so Proud of Your Accomplishments God Bless.

  3. Pat Reilly on August 7, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Joe, Awesome accomplishment! I just got FAA certification on a W10 that I rebuild. Too old to start one from scratch.

    Pat Reilly
    Rockford, IL

  4. Victor E Esenabhalu on August 7, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Congratulations, Handsome! You are truly handsome. You have proven a point and have made proud. The black man is smart. Hurray!!!

  5. Rodney Wooten on August 8, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    That’s whats up!!!!! Tell me a country boy won’t survive!!!!!

  6. Rietta Mae Handsome on August 11, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Thank God for the blessing gift that He gave my son Joseph. May God continue to bless you.

  7. Dawn Fields Burgess on August 20, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Awesome job!

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