Category : WAR 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.

Airbase Arizona – CAF – COME FLY WITH US!
Airbase Arizona – CAF – COME FLY WITH US!

For flights in 964, as well as other magnificent WWII aircraft, call our Ride Coordinator(s): (480) 462-2992 rides@azcaf.org  Or, go to the Airbase Arizona website:  www.azcaf.org then select “Fly With Us.”    I know you will enjoy your flight experience.

DO NOT TRAVEL TO MEXICO!  Here’s why:
DO NOT TRAVEL TO MEXICO! Here’s why:

  January 19-21… We had a wonderful reunion with Dr. Ricardo Castañeda Santo and his family.   We finally met the Santo’s oldest son, Said.  It was Said who made it possible for the eight of us to survive a horrific abduction a half-hour east of Mazatlan, Mexico just a year.

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.

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.

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.

The Chu Lai Incident
The Chu Lai Incident

THE CHU LAI INCIDENT by Billy Walker and Arv Schultz One fateful morning in February 1970, the usual radio chatter heard over the Gulf of Tonkin was interrupted by frantic Mayday calls from a crippled F-4 Phantom based out of Phu Cat, South Vietnam. Colonel Don Sorlie and his backseater,.

Cambodia Air Adventure
Cambodia Air Adventure

CAMBODIAN AIR ADVENTURE   By Billy Walker        Air America – Ponchetong Air Base, Cambodia Here is a story from our 1971-72 SE Asia War Games adventure that might be of interest. This story didn’t have an ending until 2001! HH Red Dawson hired me to fly for Air.