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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

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.

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.”  https://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.

Statue of Liberty via drone
Statue of Liberty via drone

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WWII CPTP – Plains Airways

WORK IN PROGRESS! PLAINS AIRWAYS, INC. WWII CIVILIAN PILOTS TRAINGING PROGRAM  Plains Airways 1939 LUSCOMBE 8A Aunt Virginia – Granny – Uncle Bob – Cousin Jimmy Lee Osborn – Granddad (Greeley Airport 1944) N-80201 Jackson Hole, Wyoming 1945 First Twin Engine Airplane into the Jackson airport. Pic Walker far left..

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    .