Category : From the Heart

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,”.

The Funny Bunny!

July 1993, a few months after my Dad had “Gone West” my mother was watering the flowers Pop had planted along the driveway. Mom was really missing Pic as this was always his chore. Planting and watering. The following is in Mom’s own words: “When I turned back to the.

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”.

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.

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.

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: DEATH IN THE FAMILY The following report was written by Captain Billy Walker in 1987 on the First Anniversary of the cessation.

Jim Rhyne – Aviator and then some!

Jim Rhyne flies an Air America Douglas B-26 above the Mekong River in Laos on April 13, 1968. Rhyne started Aero Contractors in 1979 in Johnston County.  James “Jim” Howard Rhyne— Beginning in a Piper Cub in Lafayette, Georgia, Jim turned his love of flying into a lifelong career spanning.