Category : Airline stories…

Roger n’ Me
Roger n’ Me

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. This past January 12th, 2019 Colonel Roger K. Parrish joined the “Gone West” scroll.  Knowing I’ve been.

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.

A Death in the Family – a Frontier Airlines post-script…
A Death in the Family – a Frontier Airlines post-script…

I copied the following from the website Jake Lamkins put together and has hosted since the Frontier demise.  A more readable copy can be found with this link:  http://lamkins.tripod.com/WalkerReport.htmlA DEATH IN THE FAMILY The following report was written by Captain Billy Walker in 1987 on the First Anniversary of the cessation.

Felix Smith made it to a full century of life and five centuries of living!
Felix Smith made it to a full century of life and five centuries of living!

Felix Smith, Who Piloted Covert Flights Over Asia, Is Dead at 100 Felix Smith in a Douglas DC-4 used by Civil Air Transport in the 1950s. Mr. Smith flew secret missions in Asia for the airline, which was run by the C.I.A. By Sam Roberts Oct. 17, 2018 Felix Smith, a.

Ol’ Frontier Airlines Musings
Ol’ Frontier Airlines Musings

After some back and forth with a couple of long-time friends from good ol’ Frontier Airlines I got into recalling some things about a few of some really superb ol’ pilots. I hope you enjoy a quick trip back in time… When FAL first acquired the 737’s I had a.

Air America PHX Reunion photos – Airbase Arizona 5JUN2015
Air America PHX Reunion photos – Airbase Arizona 5JUN2015

 

Captain Jack Bering Schade (1921 – 2014)
Captain Jack Bering Schade (1921 – 2014)

Captain Jack Bering Schade 1921 – 2014 “How come I’m so lucky?” By Billy Walker The title works for most of us. However, this quote happens to come from a special mentor of mine and my first sponsor in my quest to become a member of a special fraternity of.

Walker Bunch – Prologue
Walker Bunch – Prologue

Writing my family’s story, from my perspective, I realized that I jumped ahead some.  For sure I should have put something about what my grandparents meant to me as well as their influence which was considerable and atavistic.  If you have already read Part One/Two/Three you know that I was.

WALKER BUNCH – PART THREE!
WALKER BUNCH – PART THREE!

September 1986 was the demise of our beloved Frontier Airlines.   It’s employees blown to the four winds.   It was an extremely sad time especially after all the sacrifices we employees made in trying to save a FIRST-RATE little airline. JAKE Even with all the pain and uncertainty, the FLamily, as.

Captain Pete Lamkin – Best of the Best
Captain Pete Lamkin – Best of the Best

  Attitude describes Captain Pete Lamkin. And ATTITUDE, after all, is an eight letter word! Pete is a fellow who personifies that word along with a few other adjectives such as “humility” and “perseverance.” Pete doesn’t look like someone with unbelievable toughness. Quiet, soft-spoken, but tough he certainly is. Captain.