Published by : Billy Walker

Cactus Fly In 2009 (Part 1) by Alan Ripa
Cactus Fly In (Part 2) by Alan Ripa
EMILEY DARLING’S “STEARMAN STORIES”

Fellow Stearman pilot,Terry Emig, is the uncle of an amazing young woman, Emiley Darling.  Emiley put together a documentary for her Arizona State University project.  It shows how a group of intrepid, mostly ancient, aviators honor America’s veterans especially those who gave their all for our freedom.   Emiley’s video features Commander.

DAVID EDINGTON – MR. RONAN MONTANA –
DAVID EDINGTON – MR. RONAN MONTANA –

My story about David Edington IS STILL A WORK-IN-PROGRESS!  T’day, September 20th, I’ve made a few corrections with help from David & Rita.  I now await Tom Riley’s input.  Tom was an outstanding Ronan wrestler who achieved more successes at Arizona State University and beyond.    I’m also waiting for.

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.

Allied Aircraft, Inc.-Tucson, AZ
Allied Aircraft, Inc.-Tucson, AZ

The featured image is of a restored “Fertile Myrtle.”  This was one of literally hundreds of aircraft I flew after master mechanic, Jack Kern, had worked his magic.   Most of the airplanes I flew were from  Davis-Monthan AFB, Navy Litchfield, or Tucson International. I became the quasi-chief pilot for Allied Aircraft,.

The Marsh and Gary Show
The Marsh and Gary Show

PROLOGUE TO A GREAT ADVENTURE Marsh Trimble and I have been friends for more than a half-century!  First, we were fraternity brothers at Arizona State University as members of Alpha Tau Omega (ΑΤΩ).  Secondly, we became friends.  I would become his first “groupie” when he played with the Gin Mill.

Jay Prochnow’s Harrowing Flight
Jay Prochnow’s Harrowing Flight

Jay with Captain Gordon Vette   Imagine flying for more than 14 hours non-stop over the Pacific Ocean. …in a small single place – single engine aircraft. You see nothing but the blue of the ocean around you. You try to contact your landing airport… Nothing. Then you realize you.

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.