The Silver Falcon Staff

Don Teel
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Don Teel
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President

Bill Leech

I was born in Mobile,Alabama in September,1949.I attended McGill Institute high school, graduating in 1967. 

My Dad was in OCS when WW II ended.While he never regretted not being at risk in the war,he did so very much want to be a military pilot.His inspiration was why I  became one myself.Following high school,I made two attempts to begin what became an AF career by trying to get into the AF Academy,finally joining the Class of "72.I finished with a BS in International Affairs and a pilot slot to Craig AFB in Selma,AL.

After receiving my wings,I spent 21 years in the AF,with 7 Active and 14 Reserve,all C-141s.11 Years were at McGuire AFB,Wrightstown(Trenton),NJ and 10 were at Charleston AFB,SC. 

My airline career began the same year I joined the Reserves,1979.I served with Eastern from 1979-1989,with 5 years in Miami and the last 5 in Atlanta.Of those 10 years,7 were as S/O and 3 as F/O…all on the B727.

Following our fight with Lorenzo,I had the chance to fly for United in ORD,serving for almost 25 years.I flew all 3 seats in their B-727s,left seat B-737-300 and my last 5 years as Captain,A-320.

I retired from the AF Reserves in 1993 and finished with UAL in 2014.

During my Jersey years,I met and married my wife,Candi.We’ve been together now 38+ years.We,or should I say my wife,raised two beautiful daughters: Courtney (29) and Kristin (27),themselves married now two years to Clayton Marcotte and Brian Adkins respectively.All four live and work on the northside of ATL and visit us regularly on the southside (Tyrone). 

Full retirement now has brought us a great deal of pleasure.More time now with family and friends.And while Candi has become a woman of leisure,so well-deserved after raising the girls,I spend volunteer time with the local VA.

I now serve at the pleasure of fellow Falcons,with small roles in both the finance group and the BOD.   

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Vice President

Ron Mussig

I was raised in South Florida and attended Auburn University on what we called an "NROTC Scholarship". 

After commissioning I attended Navy Flight training and flew P-3’s on the East Coast where I was able to avoid Viet Nam by about 8,000nm.  Shortly after leaving active duty I was hired by Eastern Air Lines in June of 1972.  In my 17 years there, I was a 727, Electra and A-300 Second Officer and a 727 First Officer.  

After the strike I caught on at United Air Lines and had a cup of coffee as a 727 Second Officer, then First Officer on the 737 and A-320, retiring at age 60 as a 737 Captain and line check airman.  Being an LCA was my most enjoyable experience as the airline was growing.  New hire First Officers and first time Captains were fun to fly with.  After bankruptcy, training pilots moving backwards, not so much.  

Currently reside in Marietta, GA with a part-time business and a lot of volunteer activity.

  

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Secretary 

Dan Williams 

I grew up in South Dakota and attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  

Shortly after graduating from “Mines” I enlisted in the USAF, barely avoiding the draft.  After OTS and Flight School I flew the C-141 out of McChord AFB until the needs of the service found me flying HH-53’s in SEA.  

After 3 exciting years of flying rotary wing, and before my luck ran out, I left the Air Force and fortunately was hired by Eastern in 1973.  Before and after my 4.5 year furlough I flew S/O on the B-727, then F/O on the DC-9 and B-757.  

After the strike and getting on with UAL I briefly flew B-727 S/O then F/O on B-737 and A320 followed by Capt on B-737 and A320 (commuting to ORD for 13 years).  The two best jobs I’ve had in aviation were flying as IP on the HH-53 and as LCA on the B-737.  I found it very satisfying teaching left and right seaters the art of flying.  

My wife, Snow, and I have lived in Lilburn, GA for 32 years, and we have a Finance/Tax Services business.

Don Teel
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Don Teel
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E-Mail Coordinator

Sandy McCulloh                           

(770) 491-0727
silverfalcons@bellsouth.net

Yanked out early, July 1, 1938, so the doctor could have the 4th, free of calls. Grew up in Rye, New York. Permanently moved to Miami for more sunshine in 1960. 

Planned to skip military service due to a heavy schedule of fun and frolic. Draft Board foiled plans in 1962, did 2 years at Fort Bliss Texas. Returned to Miami and with the encouragement of Nat Hazell, Jess Plant and a few other South Miami Eastern types. I got my Commercial license and was hired in September 1966 as a Connie F/O, based in BOS. Returned to MIA on 727, moved to ATL in 1975 flying on a 727, did F A300 ATL a few years and then C 727 ATL. GREAT People! – After a stint in the Comm Center I was hired by UAL (thanks Gil) in December, 1990. From there I flew SSDA, S 727 SFO, F 727 SFO/ORD, F A320 ORD, C 737 LAX & S 727 ORD. 

I retired 1/1/01. Enough!

 

Joe Zito
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Joe Zito
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Finance Officer

Joe Zito

(770) 252-0761
jezdc9@numail.org

I was born Sep. 28, 1934, on New York City’s Lower East Side (Manhattan) and grew up in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn (a big Italian area). Attended Abraham Lincoln High School near Coney Island, (Brooklyn) and attended New York University’s College of Engineering in the Bronx.

After entering the U.S. Navy in Aug. 1955 in the NAVCAD program I was commissioned a Naval Aviator in April, 1957 at NAS, Corpus Christi, Texas. I served as a flight instructor at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, instructing in T-28’s (transition and basic instrument training) and then served a tour at NAS, Jacksonville, Florida.

My total active duty time was seven years four months, flying both single engine prop and single engine jet aircraft. With another 13 years in the Naval Air Reserve I retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

I joined Eastern in April 1967 and flew the Connie, Electra, L1011 and DC-9 as First Officer, retiring in 1989 as a DC-9 Captain after twenty-two years of service.

My wife Eileen and I currently live in Newnan, Georgia.

Along with two other Pilots I helped found The Silver Falcons to keep the spirit of Eastern Air Lines alive. This is my first non-paying full time position and is by far the most gratifying.

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Communications/ Director

Dick Borrelli

(770) 254-1748
conob@newnanpc.com

I was born in Queens, New York on July 18, 1931, a red-headed freckle-faced kid with an Irish Mother and an Italian name. After enlisting in the Marine Corps on February 1, 1951, it was determined that my career would probably peak at PFC. Since becoming a corporal was apparently not an option, the Commandant, in his infinite wisdom, made me an officer and a fighter pilot. I spent two years as a fighter pilot happily defending Hawaii!

After leaving the Marines I became an Eastern Air Lines Pilot and enjoyed a thirty-two year career, retiring as an A-300 instructor and DC-10 Captain in 1989. After leaving Eastern I spent nearly seven years as an MD-11 Instructor for McDonnell-Douglas and then an additional three years as an MD-11 Instructor for Delta Air Lines before finally retiring for good at age 68. I now spend my time publishing The rEAL Word for The Silver Falcons which takes nearly fourteen months a year.


Don Teel
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Don Teel
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Director/ Convention Coordinator 

Hank Sanak

I started my aviation career at 16 when my uncle took me for a plane ride. Joined the Air Force and became a mechanic. I then became a Mechanic Instructor. Upgraded top a flight mechanic and started flying with the flight club at the base. Discharged from the Air Force in 1958 and continued my flight training while going to College. Became a flight instructor and was hired to teach primary and commercial students at Purdue University flight school. During my annual flight check, the check airman mentioned that the airlines were hiring and I should apply. I got an interview with three airlines and picked Eastern because of the personnel and a Captains advice to go with the first airline that had the earliest hire date, as it would follow me throughout my career. I took Eastern because of this advice and spent 25 plus years at Eastern. Following the demise of Eastern, I flew a short time with Icelandic Airlines and then went to Saudi Arabia for 9 plus years flying as a personal pilot for a Sheik. 
 

Madeleine Brill
Madeleine Brill, The Silver falcons official mascot
Executive Session
Three of our Directors in executive session