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The Hotel Fire

Captain Harry BiggenChief Pilot, Chicago Domicile RE: The Hotel Fire Dear Captain Biggen, I received from your office recently a rather icy, indeed hostile, telephone call requesting a report concerning the alleged proceedings, during the [...]

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“Bury Me in Silk, Upside Down”

“Bury Me in Silk, Upside Down” Prologue: “Life depends on a single thread,” is the motto of the Caterpillar Club honoring the debt owed to the silkworm. The worm, a caterpillar, produced silk used to make early parachutes practical as [...]

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FLETCHER

FLETCHER: To Kitty from Uncle Donald For the Memory Tree On Saturday, March 17th 2018, I met someone who wasn’t there in a physical sense but was ever present in spirit. Family and friends all called him Fletcher. Why I never met him isn’t [...]

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“A Glorious Bellanca”

Giuseppe Mario Bellanca was an Italian-American airplane designer and builder who created the first enclosed-cabin monoplane in the United States in 1922. Missed opportunity with Lindbergh - In late 1926, an enterprising Charles Lindbergh had [...]

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“Poverty Flats”

“POVERTY FLATS” Cupcake & Snowball: The animal, in the dim light of a fractured moon, gingerly stepped his way through an ill kept barbed wire fence. It was the only barrier found between his native country and Northwest Montana. The [...]

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Making a Change

MAKING A CHANGE The following is a recent missive from our Daughter Madeline. Lost in the forest of addiction, she is trying to find her way out. An opiate addict for most of her adult life; I want to share, for the benefit of family, friends and [...]

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Good Hands

The Art of Good Touch The artful pilot will often be referred to as having “good hands.” An aircraft is equipped with three flight control elements. The rudder is controlled by rudder pedals on the floor in front of each pilot and they [...]

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Enter the Artist

Enter the Artist At this point in my flying career I wasn’t making much progress with my attempt at completing my Famous Artists Course, a correspondence effort with the school in Westport, Connecticut. Lesson 10 of 24 is as far as I ever made [...]

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Air California

Long Range Cruise: Following my nearly ten years of hopping between various airlines my closet was now filling up with underused uniforms. During this period I’d gained some great flying experience to various corners of the globe and decided it [...]

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The Airline Years

The Airline Years: Let’s just begin with “I can’t believe what has just happened.” I have just been hired by an airline to fly a jet aircraft. I have a new life, a new wife and a brand new baby son. What part of cloud nine should I be [...]

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55 King Sugar

Lockheed Lodestar, N 55 King Sugar Kelly-Springfield Tire Company Cumberland, Maryland calling: My decision to move on from Holiday Inns flying was motivated primarily by family necessity. I didn't want to be away from home as much and for so [...]

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Fly Holiday Inns

Moving East - Fly Holiday Inns How I survived the foolishness of youth I don’t know. Truly someone was looking out for me, perhaps the higher power we hope is there, the one we pray to when thankful or in times of need.  There is also the [...]

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Flying Skills

Flying Skills I don’t recall at exactly what age I began flying all by myself; but I recall being very young. It may have had some influence on my choice of career; I’m not sure, flying did after all become my occupation of choice. I am [...]

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Church Taxi Service

Church Taxi Services One of my mother’s greatest frustrations had to have been my wanton need to attend the Catholic Church with my Dad. It was obvious to me it made her unhappy. What could I do to change that? I gave it absolutely no thought [...]

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