Category : Airline stories…

Walker Bunch – Prologue
Walker Bunch – Prologue

Writing my family’s story, from my perspective, I realized that I jumped ahead some.  For sure I should have put something about what my grandparents meant to me as well as their influence which was considerable.  If you have already read Part One/Two/Three you know that I was born lucky!.

WALKER BUNCH – PART THREE!
WALKER BUNCH – PART THREE!

September 1986 was the demise of our beloved Frontier Airlines.   It’s employees blown to the four winds.   It was an extremely sad time especially after all the sacrifices we employees made in trying to save a FIRST-RATE little airline. JAKE Even with all the pain and uncertainty, the FLamily, as.

Captain Pete Lamkin – Best of the Best
Captain Pete Lamkin – Best of the Best

  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.

Bill Cutter – A Peerless Aviator
Bill Cutter – A Peerless Aviator

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.

Emily Howell Warner, Aviatrix Extraordinare
Emily Howell Warner, Aviatrix Extraordinare

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,.

WELLING’s WING
WELLING’s WING

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.

9-11-2001 My Perspective..
9-11-2001 My Perspective..

The following can be found in Walker Bunch – Part Three as well: It is not yet 5 AM and I am wide awake thinking about the late-great Rueben Ace Avakian, captain extraordinare. I didn’t have the privilege of sharing Ace’s flight deck at Frontier. I always wanted to, but.

Jay Prochnow’s Harrowing Flight

Imagine flying for more than 14 hours non-stop over the Pacific Ocean. You see nothing but the blue of the ocean around you. You try to contact your landing airport… Nothing. Then you realize you are lost in the middle of nowhere… and you’re on a Cessna airplane. Your only.

Stud – Hoss – Slick & Tiger! (from Tom Braniff to another Bob Banta story)
Stud – Hoss – Slick & Tiger! (from Tom Braniff to another Bob Banta story)

I have to tell you my Braniff story!  Tom Braniff and my father were buddies.  Mr. Braniff used to come to my folks resort, The Saratoga Inn, in Saratoga, Wyoming.   They were huntin’ and fishin’ pals.   I was not yet a teenager when Mr. Braniff told me that I.

Captain Dennis Baxendale RIP (click on Dennis’ name)
Captain Dennis Baxendale RIP (click on Dennis’ name)

On loan from Vintage Wings of Canada, a GREAT story about a fledgling airline pilot experiencing his first captaincy in a very historic Canadian “Canso” more universally known as the PBY “Catalina” or “Black Cat.”  http://captainbillywalker.com/aviation-history-people/captain-dennis-baxendale-rip/