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