I have a friend of over a half century that shares my abiding love of aviation. I’ve known him since he had dark hair and I had hair. His life is more complicated than mine. My life has been just about airplanes. His, is as a successful surgeon along.
Attitude describes Captain Pete Lamkin. And ATTITUDE, after all, is an eight letter word! Pete is a fellow who personifies that word along with a few other adjectives such as “humility” and “perseverance.” Pete doesn’t look like someone with unbelievable toughness. Quiet, soft-spoken, but tough he certainly is. Captain.
Joe Foss and The Cactus Air Force Guadalcanal Major “Smokin’Joe” Foss I met Joe Foss at Ann Faught’s funeral in 1990. I was there with my Dad, “Pic” Walker. I had known Ann my entire life. She was special. Joe was there to speak about Annie and the long friendship.
All I needed to do was post the picture shown above. That photo is the essence of my aviator pal, Bill Cutter, and the reason he is so revered in the aviation community. His majestic D-17S Staggerwing Beech in the background and there stands Sir William surrounded by a bevy of beauties all.
Francesco De Pinedo (February 16, 1890 – September 2, 1933) was a famous Italian aviator. And the first foreign pilot to fly a foreign aircraft into the United States! Pinedo, a Regia Marina (Italy’s Royal Navy) officer who transferred to the Regia Aeronautica (Italy’s Royal Air Force), he was an advocate.
I first learned of ol’ Joe Walker from my aunt Virginia, she ranked second in seniority in the eight children born to John J. and Martha Mayfield Walker. My father, William Dillard “Pic” Walker was third from the youngest. Robert D. “Bob” Walker was the last and the one.
The story, written by my wife, Cheryl, during her undergraduate education at Arizona State University in the mid 1990s. Cheryl graduated Summa Cum Laude and was ranked highest out of the then 46,000 ASU students. She gave both the Commencement Address and the Convocation Speech. Both were literally flawless.
EMILY HANRAHAN HOWELL WARNER by Billy Walker I first met Emily Hanrahan Howell Warner in 1958. She was Emily Hanrahan in those days. I was learning some basics from Jim Muncey, a flight instructor at Clinton Aviation. Clinton was a well-known flight school operating out of Stapelton International Airport, Denver, Colorado. Muncey,.
Lindbergh flies nearly 10,000 miles from Washington DC to get to St. Louis! Lindbergh became LOST! Bolling Field near Washington, D.C. was the beginning of a two-month odyssey taking Charles Augustus Lindbergh and The Spirit of St. Louis over thirteen countries as the United States unofficial mega-ambassador. .
by Captains Ronald J Rosenhahn & Billy Walker In the past 60 years many stories have been told about the epoch DC-3. Some may have been exaggerated, but most relating to the reliability and durability of this famous aircraft were factual. The following many faceted story not only represents an.