August 19, 2006 Itīs a small world! I have a story about meeting Porter at ONA. We were on a Horse Charter to LAX in the L-188 and were talking and I said that I was from Florida. He said that he was also. I asked him where in Florida was he from, and he said Elfers. I said you have to be kidding me I didn't know any of the boys from Elfers got enough education to know how to fly airplanes. Then I told him that I was from Palm Harbor. Then I asked him if he knew my wife who was Shirley Burney before we were married. He said not only do I know her, but I used to ride home from the movie with her Daddy, who ran the projector at the movie in New Port Richey. Then I came to realize that I knew his sister Joy Pierce who was older than him. I thought that this might show how small the world is! Regards, Duane Delk
Photo courtesy Tony Gaeta
PORTER PIERCEI flew for ONA from 1970 until 1974 as F/O on the Electra and the DC-9, based on Norfolk, VA, Oklahoma, and Alameda, California.
Loved flying with the Dee brothers, Jim Hamilton, Dave Lampard (also an ex-Air America pilot) and others.
I retired from Alaska Airlines in 2000, and also flew with Evergreen Int'l and as a production test pilot for Douglas Aircraft on the DC-9 & DC-10. I live in Vancouver, WA. and love golf!
Greetings to everybody from Canada!