Category : Aviation History People

Building an Airplane in 1918 (VIDEO)
Building an Airplane in 1918 (VIDEO)
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/    

Jack Knight
Jack Knight

James Herbert Brockett (14 March 1892 – 24 February 1945), was an American pilot who made the first overnight transcontinental air mail delivery.  Brockett’s adoptive parents, the Knights, gave him his last name that he would take into the annuals of aviation history. Jack Knight was a close friend of.

How We Made The First Flight by Orville Wright
How We Made The First Flight by Orville Wright

Here’s how the first flight in 1903 came about.  It is in Orville Wrights own words! The forward is by Dr. Paul Garber (Historian Emeritus – Smithsonian Air & Space Museum).   This is a nice look all the way back to the dawn of powered/manned flight. https://www.faa.gov/education/educators/curriculum/k12/media/k-12_how_we_made_the_first_flight_orville_wright.pdf    .

Fly the Wing
Fly the Wing

Towards the end of my airline flying career I was asked by pilot/author, Captain Mark Holt, a Delta Airlines pilot, if I would be interested in writing a book that would help pilots transitioning into the airline world.  Mark wrote Turbine Pilots Flight Manual. Mark’s book has sold well over the.