08.26.2012 Uncategorized 1 Comment

Putnam Shares Memories of Neil Armstrong

Speaking Eagle Howard Putnam Recalls Experiences with First Man on the Moon

“Commander Armstrong was on the board of directors of United Airlines in the late 70’s and early 80’s when Eddie Carlson was the chairman and CEO,” said Putnam. “I met him then, but more recently here in Reno, NV, several times when I was on the board of the Reno Air Races and he was one of our grand marshals. When I emailed him or called him, he responded in 1-2 hours.”

This photo was taken about 15 years ago at a United Airlines senior executive’s retirement party near Chicago. Neil Armstrong, left, at age 67 , the children of UAL executive Joe O’Gorman, and Howard Putnam

“What a gentleman,” added Putnam. “He was very quiet, just wanted to be in the background and never asked for anything. Always gracious and when you introduced him to someone, he was very shy and appreciative.

He was the first on the moon and Gene Cernan was the last. Captain Cernan is the same as Neil. When you talk about ethics, leadership, integrity and great human beings, Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan are at the top of my list.”

To our Humble Hero: Godspeed, Neil Armstrong.

08.22.2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Speaking Eagle Gross Releases New Book

Invisible Shows Boomers Should Give Millennials a Chance to Screw Things Up

If you were born after 1975, you are a Millennial. You are likely to be unemployed, underemployed, or even unemployable. And, if you are a business person, not knowing how to sell to and lead these Millennials could turn your business into a disaster.

For more information, please visit  http://www.triplenickelpress.com/Invisible-P218.aspx or http://tscottgross.com/

08.01.2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Speaking Eagle Larsen Helps Produce TV Mini-series from Novel “Centerline”

New Book Now Available on Amazon, Kindle, Nook

CENTERLINE tells the arresting story of the last leg of that journey through the eyes of patients, crew, and medical caregivers making the trip home from military hospitals just before Christmas at the height of the surge in Iraq.

“Everybody who goes to war gets shot,” one soldier says. “Some in the body. Some in the head. Some in the heart.”

Air Evac 1492 is the collective Air Force call sign for the flight. But each person on board has an individual story of hopes, dreams, fears, and regrets as the aircraft wings its human cargo through bad weather, flashbacks, and in flight emergencies

“I just finished reading CENTERLINE, the best novel I have ever read about the U.S. military,” said Larsen, the former commander of America’s fleet of VIP aircraft at Andrews AFB MD who also flew 400 combat missions in Cobra gunships in Vietnam. ” Author Dave McIntyre taught English at West Point and later served as the Dean of Academics and Faculty at the National War College. Dave’s sons assisted in the technical editing: Roy, a third generation ranger, and Sam, a USAF pilot who recently returned from his 11th combat deployment.”

Larsen is currently co-producing a television mini-series of the book.  www.randallarsen.com.

McIntyre has been invited to speak about CENTERLINE at the Air Force Association Convention in Washington, DC on September 17. The official release of the novel will be on Veterans Day, but  advance copies or e-book versions are available  for iPad, Kindle or Nook at:  www.centerlinethebook.com

07.19.2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Astronaut Shares Photos of Earth from Space

NASA Astronaut Wheelock Posts His Pictures of Earth

Wheelock shot these photographs using his 400-gauged lens. He has covered the sunset and sunrise and taken many photos of the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and the eastern Mediterranean. Check out his collection at  http://www.bigpicture.in/fabulous-earth-photos-by-astronaut-douglas-wheelock/

07.10.2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Aviation Group Speaking Eagles Presents Military Heroes at NSA Convention

POW Ellis, Air Force One Commander Larsen, Supersonic Pilot Cox Speak July 15

Speaking Eagles, a group which connects professional speakers with a wide range of aviation backgrounds to those who are involved and interested in the history, current innovations, education, careers and the future of flight, will present three legends of flight in Indianapolis, IN, Sunday, July 15.

“Our initial founders range from military pilots and POWs to skydivers and commercial and private airline operators,” said Speaking Eagle founder and former Southwest Airlines CEO Howard Putnam. “We are all members of the National Speakers Association who are devoted to current events in aviation and to keeping the history alive.”

National Speakers Association member and Speaking Eagles co-founder Danny Cox, www.dannycox.com, will share a few thoughts about Frank Kurtz, a B-17 pilot and the most decorated Army Air Corps pilot in WWII. Cox spent ten years flying supersonic all-weather fighters in the USAF,  and is the author of several books, including Leadership When the Heat’s On.

NSA member Lee Ellis, Col. USAF, Ret. is the author of a newly released book, Leading With Honor – Leadership Lessons Learned from the Hanoi Hilton. In 1967 after 53 combat missions, Lee was shot down and spent more than five years as a POW. www.leadershipfreedom.com

Then NSA member Randall Larsen, Col. USAF, Ret. will discuss his final assignment as commander of America’s VIP fleet at Andrews AFB, including oversight of Air Force One. www.randalllarsen.com. Larsen is an expert in Homeland Security and chaired the WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Center, which he formed with Senators Bob Graham and Jim Talent. He is the author of  Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking The Right Questions About Security To Protect You, Your Family and America.

The Speaking Eagles session is at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis beginning Sunday, July 15,  7:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

For more information on the NSA convention and rates to attend, please visit http://nsaconvention.org.

07.03.2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Speaking Eagles Kittinger Advice on Breaking His Free Fall Record

Baumgartner’s Upcoming Supersonic Free fall from 120,000 Feet is the Ultimate Scientific Experiment

“Kittinger holds the free fall /parachute altitude record of 102,800 feet from August 16, 1960,” said Speaking Eagles founder Howard Putnam. “Joe was a guest of the the Reno National Championship Air Races a few years ago as a Grand Marshal and we got acquainted then. Terrific guy and a great American, Retired Colonel, USAF.”
Kittinger is mentoring, advising and consulting to Red Bull and Felix Baumgartner (photo above) on the upcoming jumps to break Joe’s own record.


06.14.2012 Uncategorized No Comments

World’s Oldest Flying Boeing Airliner Takes Flight

Oldest Boeing Airliner in Flying Condition is Restored

The 1928 airplane is in Spokane , WA , and is the oldest flying Boeing in the World.

After 8 years of repair and rebuilding and 8,000 hours of toil the Boeing 40C rolled out last winter as a finished airplane. They had to wait a few weeks for the snow to melt to fly this baby. They received their Standard Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA and completed the engine pre-oil and fuel flow tests for the first of the taxi tests.



06.11.2012 Uncategorized No Comments

WWII Tuskegee Airman Speaks Out

Tuskegee Airman recalls the era of the ‘Lonely Eagles’

By Gary Walker

Their story is part of the fabric of American military history, acknowledged only after persistence by historians and their admirers relentlessly pushed the United States government to recognize their achievements.

LEGACY OF HONOR RESURRECTED — Edward Tillmon and some his fellow Tuskegee Airmen were recently honored at Venice Beach nearly 70 years after their service in World War II. Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Their bravery during some of World War II’s most critical battles has been recognized by aviators and presidents, and some believe their actions in a time of war convinced President Harry S. Truman to desegregate the military in 1948.


05.28.2012 Uncategorized 2 Comments

Memorial Day, Honor Flight Thoughts from WWII Veteran

WWII Veteran Jack Bankson’s  Thoughts for Memorial Day
“I’m 88 years old and never thought I would last this long. Nor did I think I would ever see our WWII Memorial, but I did on March 27th.
A couple years ago I signed up with Honor Flight, AZ and this spring was informed I would be one of 30 WWII veterans to fly to Washington, DC to see our memorial at no cost to us. Honor Flight is a group of volunteers that raise the money, organize everything and take us to the memorial. A couple of them and 27 guardians helped us make the trip. The guardians pay $900.00 to help us. Fourteen of our veterans were in wheel chairs and some needed lots of help. My son Ken J. who lives in Boston joined us in Baltimore.
WWII Veteran Jack Bankson, back row, ninth from left, and his Honor Flight
We visited the Capitol Building and Senator John McCain, then went to our WWII memorial which is very impressive, as are the others we saw. The Vietnam Wall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and Iwo Jima memorials. We then had dinner at the US Naval Academy with the young plebes.
Before departing the next morning, we went to Chesapeake Bay and Fort McHenry where Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner.
We flew home after three wonderful days with people like ourselves and our wonderful helpers.
There are not words to describe all the wonderful Honor Flight people across the US and what they do. One lady I met, Susan Barr, has gone on 230 flights. Our trip is something none of we veterans will ever forget.
But the emotions didn’t stop there. Easter Sunday I remembered that we started the big battle for Okinowa where I was an Army Platoon Sergeant 67 years ago and that many of my friends joined friends from previous battles on our list of people we think about, honor and remember.  Not just on Memorial Day, but every day.”
For more information about Honor Flights, please visit www.honorflight.org.
05.24.2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Speaking Eagle Poynter Highlights First Landing on a Warship

Eugene Ely’s Flight to USS Pennsylvania, 18 January 1911

Story suggested by Speaking Eagle Dan Poynter

Eugene B. Ely’s Curtiss pusher biplane nears the landing platform on USS Pennsylvania (Armored Cruiser # 4), during the morning of 18 January 1911.  For the full story, please visit http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/ev-1910s/ev-1911/ely-pa.htm