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Gone West

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds,—and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of—wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor ever eagle flew—
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

~ John Gillespie Magee ~


 Evan Slack

      Evan Slack passed away on September 19, 2020, at age 86.

Evan was born in the Missouri Ozarks. He grew up milking cows, enjoying agriculture and had dreams of becoming a broadcaster. Evan was a broadcaster for many radio stations around world and including several Colorado stations, KHOW, KLZ, KOA. He also started the Evan Slack Radio Network, where he spent 26 years. Evan was known for taking to the air in his Mooney.

He earned his pilot’s license in 1967 and has been a long time member of Colorado Pilots Association. He often flew to various meetings and ranches across the country. His tagline, “On the air, and in the air” was perfect for him. He flew his Mooney with a fellow radio host on many flights and on occasion he landed in a cow pasture. Evan was very well known in the agriculture world and in the world of general aviation, he always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. Evan leaves behind his longtime significant other, Carolyn Browne who accompanied him to many
Colorado Pilots events.

Emily Howell Warner

(October 30, 1939 – July 3, 2020) was an American airline pilot and the first woman captain of a scheduled US airline.

In 1973, Warner was the first woman pilot to be hired by a scheduled US airline since Helen Richey was hired as a co-pilot in 1934. In 1976 Warner was the first woman to become a US airline captain. Her career has been recognized by multiple halls of fame, including the National Aviation Hall of Fame and National Women’s Hall of Fame.  Her pilot’s uniform is on display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

In addition to piloting, Warner was a flight school manager in Denver, Colorado. She was a flight instructor and FAA designated flight examiner holding multiple ratings. She flew more than 21,000 flight hours and performed more than 3,000 check rides and evaluations over her career. Warner died in 2020 from complications of a fall and Alzheimer's disease.

If you aren't familiar with Emily Warner, she's got her own wiki page at Emily Howell Warner in which she was the first woman captain of a scheduled US airline a CPA member and a Colorado Native!

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