In Memory of WA/DL Capt. John Warren McCraw

~ IN MEMORY ~ WA/DL Capt. John Warren McCraw November 27, 1943 – February 05, 2021 John Warren McCraw passed away at his Mission Viejo home on February 5, 2021 after a two-year-long battle from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  He was 77 years old. John was born on November 27, 1943, in South Texas to Continue reading


In Memory of Navy Veteran, WA/DL Capt. Joseph “Joe” Mongold

~ IN MEMORY ~ Navy veteran, WA/DL Capt. Joseph “Joe” Mongold November 22, 1945 ~ July 2, 2024 Joseph Winship Mongold took his “final flight” on July 2, 2024, after a long battle with ALS. A true Southern gentleman, his baby blue eyes, smile, gap between his teeth, sense of humor, humility, positivity, and love Continue reading


In Memory of WA/DL Capt. Daniel F. Kisla

~ IN MEMORY ~ WA/DL Capt. Daniel F. Kisla January 5, 1940 ~ June 20, 2024 From friends and colleagues, we have learned of the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Dan Kisla, age 84.  Dan joined Western Airlines 03-17-1969 and was based SLC/030.  He retired with Delta Air Lines with 30+ years of service. Continue reading


In Memory of Johnnie “John” Mack Zinn Air Force Veteran and WA/DL Captain

~ IN MEMORY ~ Air Force Veteran, WA/DL Captain Johnnie “John” Mack Zinn  May 6, 1940 – December 2, 2023 Johnnie Mack Zinn (John) was born in Philadelphia on May 6, 1940 to Donald and Jo Ann Zinn. He passed on December 2, 2023, with his daughter Gina and his companion Gail at his side, Continue reading


Bill Newell, former Chief Pilot in SFO and VP of Operations for Western Airlines celebrates his 100th birthday with retired Western Airlines Capt. Gary Guilliat.

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Welcome to the new website!  In honor of 10 years of the Wallybird website we’ve launched a new site in April of 2017.  Enjoy!