Category : From the Heart

CAPTAIN MIKE DACIEK STORIES
CAPTAIN MIKE DACIEK STORIES

Military-Commercial History MICHAEL R. DACIEK 29 HATHAWAY LANE HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO 80130 mikedaciek@comcast.net 720-207-1351 “Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.” Unkown Dear Reader, What you have seen so far is Captain Mike Daciek’s beginning.

Blog – The latest and greatest & when I get ’round 2 it… Began 25 April 2020…
Blog – The latest and greatest & when I get ’round 2 it… Began 25 April 2020…

October 19, 2020… T’day is a sad day in the Arizona Aviation Community. Legendary aviator, LeRoy Peterson has Gone West. LeRoy finally succumbed to a long debilitating illness. Here’s a photo of LeRoy and his beautiful Howard DGA 15. DGA = Damn Good Airplane and it is! In the photo.

I never did, but almost…
I never did, but almost…

I was almost born in the cabin of my father’s twin engine Beechcraft. I wasn’t, but almost was.  My parents were enroute from Greeley to Cheyenne, a short flight, when my mother went into labor.   I was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming September 30, 1941 less than five minutes after.

Blog 10/2/2017 to 4/21/2020  (when I’m feelin’ gabby)…
Blog 10/2/2017 to 4/21/2020 (when I’m feelin’ gabby)…

April 21, 2020…  In my e-mail traffic this morning was another “Mornin’ Smile” from my ol’ pal, Captain Phil Stallings, or “Capt’n Flip” as he often called!  In fact he is a retired revered pilot extraordinare from our days together at the storied Frontier Airlines.  A better fellow would be.

Blog – Map Welcome to My World?
Blog – Map Welcome to My World?

OK, I’m new at this.  So, cut me some slack!    I switched to ServMask and got rid of GoDaddy.   I now refer to GoDaddy as “GoBadly!”  What a complete sham!  They were all glitz and bullshit!  They were incompetent!  They were unable to solve the simplest of issues.   Yani Illev.

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.

Mark Berent
Mark Berent

Aviator Extraordinare – Author – Friend It was 1971 — 1972. US Air Force Lt. Col. Mark Berent was the Air Attaché in Cambodia. I was the aircraft commander of a C-131 “Samaritan.” Berent actually ran the entire air war in Cambodia. Astounding! This was normally an assignment for a.

The Jolly Boys
The Jolly Boys

by Larry Birleffi Introduction by Billy Walker: Larry Birleffi was the long-time Sports Writer for the Wyoming Tribune.  He was a very popular fellow throughout the state.  Larry Birleffi, a television and radio broadcaster, was known for more than 50 years as the “Voice of the Wyoming Cowboys,” In 2008.

CRIPPLE CREEK as Aunt Mary wrote…
CRIPPLE CREEK as Aunt Mary wrote…

“As I remember,” Told To Me By John Walker By Mary Walker “History of Colorado” May 25, 1961 INTRODUCTION I am going to write about some experiences of a fine old gentleman, John Walker. He spent five years in Cripple Creek, Colorado during the gold mining era. John Walker came.

“Fait pour Valour” a story about my hero, my mentor, Captain Ralph S. Johnson
“Fait pour Valour” a story about my hero, my mentor, Captain Ralph S. Johnson

“Fait pour Valour” (Born to Fly) By Billy Walker The Captain Ralph S. Johnson story is an amazing portrait of a great American aviator. From his humble beginnings on an Indiana farm, we look back on his 100 years of remarkable achievements. NOTE:  There are a couple of links at.