Just last saturday, july 5th I was in Foynes for the 75th anniversary of the Pan American Flying Boats, I bought Capt Burkes book and I am currently reading and enjoying it.I just now saw that he has flown west.My father who was with Pan Am Flight Operations in Shannon must over his time there must have met him.Alas they are both gone.Capt Burke had a marvellous career and enjoyed it!.Thats the secret.Donal Goggin, Co Kerry, Ireland
My father (and family) and Jack and his family were part of the Knowlton/Ismay community in southeastern Montana. Some time in the 1980's; I remember meeting the Burkes at a public celebration in Terry, MT. They loved to tour in their motor home. My father, Jim Archdale and Jack & Scottie had a long talk on that warm afternoon catching up on many things from years gone by. We were always proud of the Burke accomplishments. I have been in Seattle since 1967 but didn't feel "connected enough" to visit him. I regret that now. I only learned of his passing today, Dec 21. May Jack rest in peace. Lionel Archdale, Redmond, WA.
Jack's book is sitting on our coffee table. Will always be able to remember
Jack's stories. I worked as a Pan Am mechanic when Jack was flying out of Seattle. He was one of Pan Am's greatest Pilots.
I was a very junior pilot/flight engineer flying out of Seattle from 1969 until the mid 70's. "Smilin' Jack" was more than the precise epitome of my ideal Captain--to me he was the paradigm. Supremely competent, he always listened respectfully to the opinions and ideas of others, whatever their station.
Upon returning home after flying a trip with Jack, I would tell Edie, my wife, that of all the (hundreds or perhaps thousands) of aircrew members I had flown with, both in the Air Force and at Pan Am, Jack stood out as my one ideal. If I ever made Captain, his example would be my goal.
A positive attitude, empathy, precision--Jack had it all. After dinner with the cockpit crew in Honolulu, Jack would insist on buying all of us an ice cream cone at the International Marketplace.
Jack would write letters to Pan Am headquarters with suggestions of needed changes in the corporations policies/direction. If they had listened to him the blue ball might still be rolling around the world.
I treasure the time spent working with this great airman.
Duane Schambron, Pan Am Captain
We treasure our memories of Jack and a group of us sitting around a table at the Miles City airport listening to his flying stores. He bought the pizza for all. When we want to hear a story again, we read his book. Rest in peace, Jack. Al and Leatha Satterlee, Deadwood, SD
Neither flying, life, people, nor warmth ever got old for Jack. I became a better person just from knowing him. I'll not forget his smile and twinkle of eye after he landed his 747 in PDX in freezing rain, and his sense of wonder describing his 707 leaving Saigon with so many refugees. Finally, his same delightful demeanor at Seattle's Christmas lunch after writing his book. This remarkable man led, and thoroughly enjoyed, a memorable life. God bless you, Jack, Bob Riddle Pan Am PDX Operations
Jack was the first to welcome us to Hurstwood as we were looking at the "Perry" house. We bought it and we lived next door to the best neighbors ever for the next 15 years. We will carry Jack and Scotty in our hearts forever. Rick and Sally Irvine
Jack Burke was such an awesome person. Jack and Scotty stood up for us when we got married in 1974 in Seattle (us being Rick and Lonnie) and then we all went to dinner at Franco's Hidden Harbor. We had many visits with Jack and Scotty for several years..
Fast forward: One afternoon, in January 2011, I had the opportunity to hear many aviation stories of an aviation era that younger folks can't even begin to relate to. Jack's book of experiences of all of his aviation encounters should be recorded in aviation history
So Jack, now you are with your beloved Scotty and all other aviation greats.
I love you Jack ! Lonnie Stevenson
Our concordances to the family on this sad loss of a really splendid fellow. I had the pleasure of meeting Jack on transfer into the Seattle Pan Am base in 1974 as he was the check airman that introduced me to the route structure and routine. Jack was a wonderful man to work with and a real professional.
There will be an empty chair at the holiday table this year, but it will be filled with loving memories.
Jack was a true aviation hero and a great friend to my parents and the Amundsen family. I have many fond memories of this great man and many conversations at the Pan Am luncheons.
Heaven's skies are now being navigated by one more great pilot.
I remember Jack as my every vision of a Pan Am Captain, always relaxed, in command, wearing a smile and ready with an engaging story the moment the time was right. He will truly be missed. The room is a little quieter tonight.