Category : Aviation History People

The Summer of 1954…

As a “younker,” I was raised in an aviation family albeit in the small mountain community of Saratoga, Wyoming.  My folks ranched and built a resort, The Saratoga Inn.  Every summer the Conquistadores del Cielo, a very secret group of high-level aviation leaders would fly into Saratoga’s “Shively Field” (named for Jack.

Lt. Jack Shively

On June 22, 1944, it was reported by the Saratoga Sun that Lt. Jack E. Shively, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Shively, had been reported missing in action over France. The article, which appeared on the front page of the publication, stated that the message gave few details, “only.

Arthur & Capt’n Eddie

I heard from my ol’ pal, Larry Duthie, you might recall the story I wrote about him. If you missed it, just “search” for Larry Duthie KIA. Not a lot going on with the COVID-19 pandemic, so Larry was searching for something to read. He came across the book “Rickenbacker,”.

Major CC Moseley 1894 – 1974

Corliss Champion Moseley (July 23, 1894– 1974) was a United States Army aviator and later civilian trainer. He won the inaugural Pulitzer Air Race in 1920.  Following his service in WWI, where he was credited with one aerial victory, he was in charge of all United States Army Air Service.

Plains Airways WWII CPTP

N80201 was the first twin to land at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Pic Walker is at left. Frances Walker stands 7th from the right between Mr. & Mrs. Al Litzenberger. Arv Schultz – Editor’s View Civilian Pilot Training in Rarified Air by Arv Schultz, In June, 2013 the QB Beam explored.

Roger n’ Me

ROGER & ME 24 DEC 1998 Naming this piece “Roger n’ Me” fits albeit is a bit troublesome.  Troublesome as it shares the title to a 1989 Michael Moore movie a movie of much disdain by we conservative folks. January 12th, 2019 Colonel Roger K. Parrish joined the “Gone West”.

Randy Sohn’s Round Engine Notes (2011)

TABLE OF CONTENTS  INTRODUCTION …..………………………………………………………….. 3  #01  HYDRAULIC LOCK ON ROUND ENGINES …………………………………………………………………………….. 5 #02  DECELERATING APPROACH…………………………….…….. 9 #03  RECIPROCATING LOAD (MP VS RPM)………………………..11 #04  MIXTURE MISCUES & MIX-UPS …………………………………….. 15 #05  FEATHER BUTTONS & PROPELLERS……………………………… 18 #06  GAUGE INDICATIONS ON A FAILED ENGINE …………………….21 #07  PRE-IGNITION VS DETONATION ………………………………………

Pic’s Airmaster
Pic’s Airmaster

Pic’s Airmaster story In the 1930’s, my father, and his non-flying brother, operated a fixed-base operation in Cheyenne, Wyoming. They owned a Gulf Oil bulk plant and sold fuel and oil from their FBO. Prior to their aviation enterprises, they settled in Cheyenne selling produce from my grandfather’s farm east.

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.

Ron & Alice’s begattings
Ron & Alice’s begattings

The following is from Ron Allen, who married Alice Lotz.  Alice is Cheryl’s sister.  This is Ron’s unedited story.  Well sorta.  His daughter, Carol, sent some corrections.  Regardless, it’s a great story about one of America’s finest families. Ron, having just been discharged from his service in the USAF, experienced.