Category : Aviation History People

Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

  The following is a photo/copy of the booklet published by the Newcomen Society in 1995 for the very first Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame celebration/induction.  I had the high honor of being the keynote speaker for this event.  I was doubly honored given my father was one of the.

Aviator Par Excellence!

My flight with Ralph, by Kent Westedt  One day Kent Westedt had an unbelievable flight with Ralph. They were solid IFR and lost all electrical and all instruments! All they had was a magnetic compass to fly with! Ralph adroitly mentally converted the magnetic compass into a primary flight display.

The Captain Clayton Osbon Story

 The CAPTAIN CLAYTON OSBON Story   In command of JBU Flight 191   PROLOGUE As part of the start-up team for New Air (which became JetBlue Airways), I had input on the early hiring, some of the operational procedures, training, and pilot check-rides.  I was JetBlue’s senior line pilot, check airman,.

CAPTAIN RALPH S JOHNSON Interviews by son Steve

Ralph Johnson — His life and (amazing) times A three-part series recorded in June 1996 at the time of Ralph’s 90th birthday Interviewer: Stephen Johnson.   These are MP4 videos on a thumb drive and very big files.   Part 1: Chronicles life on the Johnson family farmstead in the.

TLOML

The Love of My Life has held that position since 1970.  On a recent romantic evening, at Lon’s at Hermosa Inn, sipping a nice Cabernet at 5:56 PM, April 8, 2021, we re-upped our contract and are working on our second century t’gether!  Come April 8, 2023 we’ll have just.

THE SIMULATOR

When I went with Frontier Airlines in 1967 the airline still flew DC-3’s.  In the DC-3, following the ground school taught by Van Steenberg, all flight training was in the actual aircraft albeit we did use Clinton Aviation’s WWII era Link Trainer for some pre-employment tests and Instrument Training. The.

The BEARS

L-R:  Billy Walker – Ed Newberg – Alan Ripa – Russ Gilmore – Jim Swanke, the original BEARS.   …at the Black Bear restaurant with Ed’s Clenet, a very nice collectors automobile. All the above were formerly members of the CAF which had once been the Confederate Air Force.  Later the.

LANDON – A story about a very determined young pilot!

In April 2022, Landon Lucas, 19, was recovering in ICU – A year prior to that, at 18, he received notoriety by performing a difficult emergency landing on the New Jersey causeway. This past April (2022) The Jackson Hole news reported: “Teen pilot from Jackson severely injured in New Mexico.

Flyin’ With Charlie

Back in the good ol’ days I had the good fortune to fly Frontier’s Twin Otter across the Montana/Canada border in and out of fabulous international airports such as Wolf Point International, Montana.  Ah yes, it was a glorious time made more so by the magnificent talents of one all-time.

DAVE’s YAK

DAVE’s YAK September 16, 2022   In the June 2003 issue of America’s Flyways, the cover story was “Dave’s Yak.”   Since that story included several really important people in my life, as well as a couple of terrific flying machines, I wanted to include the story on my website.