The Silver Falcon Staff
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.
Born 1956 in Northern New Hampshire . Following high school in S. Fla with no particular plan, I earned necessary licenses, ratings and CFI at local FBO and two year degree while working as line boy and CFI. All planning and expenses of college and flight training were mine.
In 1978 I married my girlfriend of 3 years, Susan who is now my wife of nearly 38 years. She has since put up with volumes of airline drama and has earned the Battle Star pin.
The CFIIME moved me up the civilian career path in the late 1970’s to flying light twins Part 135 single pilot primarily to the Bahamas from S. Fla. Next stop is to Vermont to fly DHC-6 Twin Otter to get some essential turbine time. Furlough soon followed sending us back to flying in S. Fla.
We timed my wife’s pregnancy with our son perfectly in 1981 for a move to New Orleans and Shreveport , LA for four years of BE99 and G159 Captain flying for local commuter airline. Regional jets did not yet exist but near minimum wage did. While flying my 100 hour month I was able to finish my 4 year degree at age 29.
We then go two for two when Susan is pregnant with our daughter as I head to MIA for EAL 727 S/O school in May 1985. EAL Shuttle flying followed in DCA until we moved to ATL in early 1986 where we have been domiciled since.
Strike on 3/4/89 makes my last flight with EAL to JAX layover as DC9 F/O. Six months on the picket line led to 22 years with United Airlines until medical retirement in 2011 at age 55. We caught a break with lots of early movement at UAL enabling flying as Captain on B737 and A320 for 15 of the 22 years.
Both kids are married, live locally and we have two grandchildren to round out our recovery from the typically unstable airline career.
My EAL generation is among the last. I now have the time to be active in the Silver Falcons and give back to a special group of people. Another SF recently remarked that among his keepsakes including those from his military time, the one he is most proud of is his ALPA battle star pin. I will add that I am more proud of my 4 years with rEAL solidarity than the 22 at United. I look forward to meeting and recalling more of you. Thanks for having me.
Born Paris, France, of American dad and French mom. Came to USA at 6 months of age. Lived on Long Island, NY. College at Virginia Tech (walk-on Scholarship football player; letterman two years; game captain twice; played in 1968 Liberty Bowl)
US Air Force 1969-1979; Pilot Training Vance AFB; HC-130 pilot Cam Ranh Bay, RVN: RAF Woodbridge, England: HQ USAF, Military; Personel Center; HQ Military Airlift Command); New York Air NAtional Guard, Suffolk County Airport, Westhampton Beach, NY, HC-130)
Eastern Airlines – Flight Engineer B-727, A300; First Officer B-727, DC-9)
United Airlines – FO B-737, -757; Capt B-737, 757, A320.
NetJets (2007-2010); Delta Air;lines Simulator Instructor (2011-present)
Married: wife – Paula; children – Tom, John, Tyler & Rossen
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.
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!
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.
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.
Madeleine Brill, The Silver falcons official mascot
Three of our Directors in executive session