William Tate grew up in the Fifties adjacent to ‘old’ NAS Atlanta; there he developed a lasting interest in naval aviation. While in high school, Tate joined the Navy and qualified as a naval aircrew man. He flew in many aircraft such as Connies, Neptunes, Orions, Skytrain IIs, Hawkeyes and Sea Stallions. He retired in
1991 with 3,300 flight hours and seventy deck landings. He studied art in college and also volunteered to paint nose art on ANG Phantoms.