Published by : Billy Walker

“Fait pour Valour” a story about my hero, my mentor, Captain Ralph S. Johnson
“Fait pour Valour” a story about my hero, my mentor, Captain Ralph S. Johnson

“Fait pour Valour” (Born to Fly) By Billy Walker The Captain Ralph S. Johnson story is an amazing portrait of a great American aviator. From his humble beginnings on an Indiana farm, we look back on his 100 years of remarkable achievements. Learning to fly as an Army cadet in.

The Chu Lai Incident
The Chu Lai Incident

THE CHU LAI INCIDENT by Billy Walker and Arv Schultz One fateful morning in February 1970, the usual radio chatter heard over the Gulf of Tonkin was interrupted by frantic Mayday calls from a crippled F-4 Phantom based out of Phu Cat, South Vietnam. Colonel Don Sorlie and his backseater,.

An Uncommon Hero
An Uncommon Hero

Tim didn’t strike me as the hero type.   My first impression was that he is just your average nice guy.   I would learn that he is a wonderful family man raising his family with strong values.  I would learn that he is well thought of by the company.

Billy Parker, Aviator Extraordinare
Billy Parker, Aviator Extraordinare

I was a lucky fellow growing up in the mountains of Wyoming. My father, Pic, was an post WWI aviator having learned to fly in 1924. His first airplane was a Long-winged Hisso powered Alexander Eaglerock. My father would meet many of aviations greats who developed into life-long friends. Several of.

Aubrey Keif – Gentleman Aviator
Aubrey Keif – Gentleman Aviator

Aubrey Jennings Keif is probably the only American pilot to have flown combat in kilts. For sure he’s the only one I know of. Born on August 22, 1898 in La Junta, Colorado, Keif was attending Columbine High in Pueblo when he left school in 1916 to learn to fly.

Cambodia Air Adventure
Cambodia Air Adventure

CAMBODIAN AIR ADVENTURE   By Billy Walker        Air America – Ponchetong Air Base, Cambodia Here is a story from our 1971-72 SE Asia War Games adventure that might be of interest. This story didn’t have an ending until 2001! HH Red Dawson hired me to fly for Air.

Asian Air Adventure from Cheryl’s diary (1971-1972)
Asian Air Adventure from Cheryl’s diary (1971-1972)

The following story was taken from Cheryl’s diary, kept during our leaves-of-absence from Frontier Airlines, in late 1971 thru late in 1972. “I was a stewardess with the historic Frontier Airlines.   Billy, my husband of just 9 months, was a Frontier pilot.  Our adventure began when Billy noticed a.

Larry Duthie KIA ’67
Larry Duthie KIA ’67

Larry Duthie is a long-time friend from college/fraternity days at Arizona State University in the early 60’s. I recently discovered him alive and well after spending the past 40 years believing him shot down and KIA. Fortunately, the KIA part was incorrect! I found Chuck Walling on The Wall, but.

Formation Flying Lafayette Escadrille d’ Arizona
Formation Flying Lafayette Escadrille d’ Arizona

Formation Flying Lafayette Escadrille d’ Arizona… & The Arizona Stearman Squadron A popular display at the Commemorative Air Force museum at Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona is a little WWI Nieuport 17 fighter. It is Nieuport 1 of the Lafayette Escadrille d’Arizona.   How it ended up at the CAF museum.

CHARLIE AND THAT YANKEE WOMAN
CHARLIE AND THAT YANKEE WOMAN

It was late February 2013 when a Stearman buddy, Mike Walton, called to tell me our pal, Tom Weidlich, had sold his beloved ol’ Stearman. I was surprised since Tom and his Stearman had been lovers for more than 30 years. Holy Smokes! Now Anne would be number one in.