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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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In Memory of WAL Captain Louis N. DeWitt, III

It is my sad duty to report the passing of WAL Captain Louis N. DeWitt, III.  Louis flew West early in the morning on May 22, 2024 at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. Louis was born in Columbus, Ohio on September 18, 1932 and was 91 years old.  Louis joined the Air Force Continue reading

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In Memory of Navy Veteran, WA/DL Capt. Martin J. “Jack” O’Brien

~ IN MEMORY ~ Navy veteran, WA/DL Capt. Martin J. “Jack” O’Brien June 10, 1939 ~ April 29, 2024 We have just been notified that retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Martin J. “Jack” O’Brien, age 84, has passed.  Jack joined Western Airlines 10-07-1968 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1999, based 030/LAX.  Jack is survived Continue reading

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SILVER CHIEFS REUNION APRIL 23, 2024

A number of pilots who retired from Delta are not aware of benefits available from the Delta Pilots Disability and Survivorship (D&S) Plan, a Plan that is distinct from the Delta Pilots Retirement Plan which was terminated and turned over to the PBGC.  Download Document Here

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Capt. Newell approaching 100 on May 8

Very soon…….it will be birthday #100 for CAPT. NEWELL! Due to macular degeneration (wet), Bill’s eyesight is poor, so rather than cards, perhaps give Bill a call at 602-320-6761. And thank you very much! ~ Carol DOB 05-08-1924…..this year it is 100 candles for Bill!  WWII veteran and retired Western Airlines pilot Captain William Edmond Continue reading

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