Category : Aviation History People

BORN TO FLY by Arv Schultz
BORN TO FLY by Arv Schultz

BORN TO FLY  by Arv Schutz Born to fly, is an expression linked to the exceptional skills some aviators possess and demonstrate. As luck would have it, not only was William D. “Billy” Walker born to fly, he was almost born on an airplane, while enroute from Denver, Colorado to.

Cheryl – My wife and immediate supervisor!
Cheryl – My wife and immediate supervisor!

Cheryl Ann Lotz became Cheryl Walker the eighth of April, 1971.  Through circumstances she moved up in stature to becoming my immediate supervisor although I am bewildered as to the date of occurrence? Cheryl is not only my present wife, she is my second wife.   I was married a.

Rich Sugden from delivering babies to flyin’ warbirds
Rich Sugden from delivering babies to flyin’ warbirds

I have a friend of over a half century that shares my abiding love of aviation.  I’ve known him since he had dark hair and I had hair. His life is more complicated than mine.   My life has been just about airplanes.  His, is as a successful surgeon along.

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.

Joe Foss – A Proud American
Joe Foss – A Proud American

Joe Foss and The Cactus Air Force  Guadalcanal Major “Smokin’Joe” Foss I met Joe Foss at Ann Faught’s funeral in 1990.  I was there with my Dad, “Pic” Walker.  I had known Ann my entire life.  She was special. Joe was there to speak about Annie and the long friendship.

Bill Cutter – A Peerless Aviator
Bill Cutter – A Peerless Aviator

All I needed to do was post the picture shown above.  That photo is the essence of my aviator pal, Bill Cutter, and the reason he is so revered in the aviation community.   His majestic D-17S Staggerwing Beech in the background and there stands Sir William surrounded by a bevy of beauties all.

General Francesco De Pinedo 1890 – 1933
General Francesco De Pinedo 1890 – 1933

Francesco De Pinedo (February 16, 1890 – September 2, 1933) was a famous Italian aviator. And the first foreign pilot to fly a foreign aircraft to the United States! Note:  See comments from a reader at the end of the De Pinedo story Pinedo, a Regia Marina (Italy’s Royal Navy) officer.

CAPTAIN JOSEPH RUTHERFORD WALKER 1798 – 1876
CAPTAIN JOSEPH RUTHERFORD WALKER 1798 – 1876

T’day, March 10th, 2018 I had a delightful phone visit with historian, Bill Horst.  Bill is 84 years young and very active with the museum in Porterville, California.  Horst has an abiding interest in Joe Walker.  Thanks to Bill Horst, I hope to soon have additional information on Joseph Rutherford.

BESSIE COLEMAN, AVIATRIX by Cheryl Walker
BESSIE COLEMAN, AVIATRIX by Cheryl Walker

The story, written by my wife, Cheryl, during her undergraduate education at Arizona State University in the mid 1990s.  Cheryl graduated Summa Cum Laude and was ranked highest out of the then 46,000 ASU students.  She gave both the Commencement Address and the Convocation Speech.   Both were literally flawless.

Emily Howell Warner, Aviatrix Extraordinare
Emily Howell Warner, Aviatrix Extraordinare

EMILY HANRAHAN HOWELL WARNER by Billy Walker I first met Emily Hanrahan Howell Warner in 1958.  She was Emily Hanrahan in those days.  I was learning some basics from Jim Muncey, a flight instructor at Clinton Aviation.  Clinton was a well-known flight school operating out of Stapelton International Airport, Denver, Colorado. Muncey,.