Category : From the Heart


IT WAS A CLOSE CALL!  I coulda been born in Colorado or over Colorado!  I coulda been born in flight in an airplane!  Just like this airplane! Mom went into labor with me in-flight between Denver and Cheyenne. Hear-tell, Mom hollered at my Dad, “You’d better hurry, this baby is.


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.


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.


My Granddad, John J. Walker, bought “Sally” the Pinto pony that cousin Georgene is sittin’ on.  Granddad Walker was a “Westerner” and he wanted his grandkids to know how to ride horseback.  Cousin Jimmy Lee Osborn was the first to learn to ride Sally.  Next was cousin Georgene.  I was.

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.


Military-Commercial History MICHAEL R. DACIEK 29 HATHAWAY LANE HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO 80130 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 – When I get ’round 2 it… Began 25 April 2020…
Blog – When I get ’round 2 it… Began 25 April 2020…

  August 29, 2022.  There will be a major change to my website soon.  No actual date set, but the University of Wyoming will take over    When this happens I will no longer be able to add/takeaway anything.  However, anyone will still be able to access the website..

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.