Ikes Stearman formation

While at a Stearman Fly-in at Galesburg, Illinois, several friends did a “Missing Man” formation flight in honor of Ike.

RIP

Remembering Captain “Ike”

September 6, 2013

The Aviation world lost an ICON.

Captain A.L. “Ike” Eisenhauer, an aviator for over 60 years with well over 50,000 flying hours, rated in fixed wing and rotor craft, Military fighters and Big heavy Iron aircraft alike, the author of “The Flying Carpetbagger”,  but real fame came to “Ike” as the Corporate Director and pilot of the Famous Boeing 707 “The Silver Phyllis” for Robert Vescoe. Captain Eisenhauer Died this morning (Friday Sept. 6th). He departed flying west at 6:27 am; Forever smooth flying Captain “Ike” and tailwinds eternal my friend…

 Captain A.L. “IKE” Eisenhauer

World famous author, speaker, instructor, adventurer, columnist for Airliners and Airports Magazine and master Aviator

Next page starting reading Captain Ike’s stories 

 

You can read about many of Captain Ike Eisenhauer’s true life adventures as the Captain of Robert Vesco’s Multi-Million Dollar Boeing 707 where Kings and Rulers of Nations  flew, partied, wheeled and dealed with corporate CEO’s. You can find them in his articles when you read the Airliners and Airports Magazine.

The Link to the website of Airliners and Airports is on the right of these pages, Where you can order a subscription to Airliners and Airports Magazine and see what else they offer. Great opportunity!

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Comments

  1. CAPTAIN A.L.”IKE” EISENHAUER says:
    October 27, 2011 at 12:11 (Edit)
    MY WIFE, PAT, SUGGESTED I COULD UP THE ANTE TO AROUND THE WORLD IN 42,831 HRS.
    BUT, THAT’S THE TITLE OF MY NEW BOOK SHARING SEVENTY YEARS OF FLYING. FOLLOW THIS BLOG AND ALL NEW POSTINGS GUARANTEED TO CAPTURE THE IMAGINATION OF ALL AVIATION ENTHUSIASTS.

  2. Captain “Ike” Eisenhauer is the famous author and columnist for Airliners and Airports Magazine. He has agreed to write about his 70 years of flying adventures for our website. I guarentee you will never be bored reading his stories about kings and politicians, and some of the unbelievable things he has seen happen. The Famous Juan Tripp of Pan Am often said “Ike” was a friend that he could always depend upon. Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers, Dictators, Good guys and yes, even the Bad guys knew Captain “ike” Eisenhauer. What bad guys did he know? You will be surprised, you will just have to read his stories and see, you will be amazed and interested, every time… jrh

    We had to move around some comments and replies, excuse the confusion!
    Reply

  3. Did you see Ike’s son Bar Eisenhauer on CMT last nite? He flew his fabulous 1928 “Bird of Paradise” for the love sick members of this love sick show “Sweet Home Alabama”. Well, its a “gig ” and the 1928 Travel Air biplane is still a beauty. You will find Bar and his beautiful wife Dannie operating their open cockpit site seeing rides in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

  4. I can’t wait to get a copy of Ike’s book. JR tells me I am in for a REAL TREAT !!!!

  5. I have know Ike for close to 30 years. His stories and historical knowledge has always fasinated me. I am looking forward to his upcoming book and future articles. Keep em coming, Ike. Paul R. London, Wright Award Recepient.

  6. I have been reading Captain Eisenhauers ikes stories and I went to amazon and got his book the flying carptetnagger. I loved the book and I think I will reread it again and again. I just want to say that I look forward to reading more stories and hope you will continue to write these stories.
    I do have a queations. Will captain be writing about while flying for Vesco and the times he was flying the beoing 707 silver phyliss? I hope so because I remember when He Vesco was galvanting all over the world and nixon and all those guys were around. I am old enough to remember them and I like to read about that stuff. I guess that is whay I like reading about it. Keep up the stories captain. Joyce in Alabama

    1. Joyce in Alabama, If you ever get to Gulf Shores, Al. Look up Bar Eisenhauer, Ike’s son. He can tell you some of the stories that will never make it to print! Mrs. Patricia Eisenhauer

  7. Hey Captain Ike, Time for another story. I’ve read all your great stories several times and I am starving for another one. You are a great writer and I like reading your stories. Keepem coming please.
    Frankie, Winder GA

  8. Ike – keep writing. Looking forward to your newest book. Need an autographed copy like the first book – The Flying Carpetbeggars. Loved the book – no bullshit – but the truth. Paul London, Your favorite friend and student.

  9. Sweetie you’ve got to be one hellovaman and I think if your wife ever get tired of you just let me know! I luv to read your storys. I want to get your book and a bottle of good schotch and read it straight thru. from what I have read on the reviews about it the book shoud be a hellovagood read too. Keepem commin’ dearie, they are dam good and read every one of them as fast as you can write the,. Thanks im waiting 😉 Ginger Ale down heah in georgia

  10. Captain told me of book and I cant find it ill keep looking.After reading all the blogs I realy wont it.Im glade I got to take care of u and meet such a wonderfull person.Mrs Eisenhauer Id say u r lucky to have him but truth be told your the only woman able to handle him for he is a hand full.

  11. When are you going to have another story? I like to read your stories but they are slow coming, I want to read more of them. I bought your book and read it and want more more more, how about it? Your readers are waiting, I am!!
    Phyllis.

  12. Found your content very appealing in truth. I really appreciated reading it and you make pretty some good factors. I’ll bookmark this web-site for that potential! Relly great short article.

  13. I as well as my guys appeared to be following the good things found on the blog then quickly got an awful suspicion I never thanked the site owner for those techniques. Those people ended up excited to study all of them and have honestly been taking advantage of them. Thanks for genuinely so kind and for figuring out such great themes most people are really needing to know about. My personal sincere apologies for not expressing gratitude to earlier.

  14. HELLO IKE, I WAS WORKING AT FAIRFIELD AVIATION FROM 9/1969 TO 9/1971 DURING THE TIME YOU WERE FLYING ROBERT VESCOS GOLFSTREAM I . I STILL THINK THAT WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AIRPLANE I EVER SAW. I SHOULD KNOW I WASHED SEVERAL TIMES. I AM SURE YOU REMEMBER ART CAMIEL. THOSE WERE TWO YEARS I WILL NEVER FORGET. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE G-I? JUST WANTED TO SAY HELLO AND I HOPE YOU ARE DOING WELL. RALPH LEMMO.

      1. Thank you Scott. I got to fly in it once with Vesco on board. Why would the cockpit be saved?

  15. Captain Ike, just finished, The Flying Carpetbagger. What an exciting 5 years you and Vesco spent together. Thanks so much for sharing your stories & thank you for serving our country. I’m going to tip one at the bar to you!
    Scott Pryor – Lakeland, Florida

  16. Hello Ike. I wrote you a note on August 17th. I had said I worked at Fairfield Aviation from 9/69 to 9/71. I once took a quick flight on the Gulfstream to JFK. I am almost finished reading THE CARPETBAGGER. I did not even know that this book was written. I am now able to see just what went on with that airplane and I am fascinated to now be able to learn what was happening behind the scenes. Sometimes I can relate when the airplane was in Europe and when It returned. I know how hard Vesco worked you and the airplane. I can remember the airplane sitting outside of the hanger one morning and was surprised when I found Harry sleeping on the couch. Ike I would like to say that If Vesco ever made one of his best decisions it was hiring you. You are a great man. A absolute true professional. I have been honored to have known you. I don’t know where you live, but if there is ever an event of chance to be re- introduced I would be so happy to see you again. God Bless you. Be well. Ralph Lemmo.

  17. Captain Ike, We sure do miss you, we hope you are doing better and will soon be back writing your adventures for us. So many folks are asking about you and send their well wishes to you. 🙂
    Many people are buying the Flying Carpetbagger and letting us know what a great read it is. I am letting everyone know that they still can get copies of the book on the internest. They just gotta look for it a little harder. But yes it is still there!
    Your old Pal “JR”

  18. HELLO IKE. JUST WANTED TO SEND WELL WISHES TO A TRUE PROFESSIONAL. AS SMART AS VESCO WAS, HIS WEALTH COULD NOT COME CLOSE TO A MAN OF YOUR CHARACTER. BE WELL. RALPH LEMMO

  19. I have read your book and all your stories I am too young to remember Robert Vesco but I’ve read everything I can find about him too. I can get enough of your adventures and like to read more about your experiences flying all the aircraft you have flown. I read that you are on a health sabadical, I hope you are getting better and will be back soon. I am one of the Many that misses you and misses your stories, get well captain ike, return soon!
    T.J. Campbell, Fredrick, Md

  20. I was just a 20 something year old hippie hanging out in Coconut Grove Florida in the early 70s. Was staying with 3 young women. I was trying to get work on a yaht. One had a sugar dady from Costa Rica, United Fruit Company. he visited on his way to NYC, said he had caught a ride on Vesco’s plane from Costa Rica to The Bahamas, Vesco was on his way to Sweden. The man had brought a commercial flight to Fla, then. How could I get a copy of Mr. Eisenhauser’s book?????????????????? thanx

  21. Hello Ike,Hope and I do pray that you are recovering. I have written a couple of times to you about my time at Fairfield. Your wit throughout the Flying Carpetbaggers made me laugh several times. What got me the most was your first impressions of Fairfield Aviation. When you said “this dreary dump was indeed the home of Fairfield Aviation. Boy did that hit home! So true.,Having worked there for two years with bad equipment and at the same time trying to keep up with Vescos demands. Also the’61’ Chevy that brought you there was used just to ferry us around the airport. I knew the car well.I wished we could have served you better but had just so much to work with.Be good. Ralph Lemmo.

  22. Thank you Mr. Hafer. That is such good news. The two years at Fairfield were an experience for me that I will never forget. Ike was a big part of that and so was Vesco. I wish I could have known Ike better back then.Thank you again. Be well.

    1. Ralph, it is always nice to get comments and feedback on our writing and about our friends. Captain Ike is a close friend, and a neighbor as well. We love him and his wife Patricia and feel kinship with them. Please make sure you do write to Ike and stay in touch with him. Pat tells me he enjoys hearing from you and really does, enjoy the memories… Thanks Ralph, continue to stay in touch. Additionally, It would be nice for you to write about some of those memories about Ike and those day back then, for us, if you are so inclined to do so. Let me know… “JR”

  23. Mr. Hafer, I sure will when I can gather some thoughts. Do you know If Ike has read any of my memories I wrote on his site? I don’t want to repeat any thing he has read. Also were you ever at Fairfield from 1969 through 1971? We may have crossed paths. Be good. Ralph.

    1. No I was never at Fairfield, that I can remember. Don’t worry about repeating yourself, other readers have not read them for the most part. We have folks from 132 countries around the world who read our Blog now. So it will be new for many people who read it. Send your article to my email: JRHafer@yahoo.com in RTF format please. Thank you.

  24. My hero, my best friend, my mentor. You have now reached the highest form of flying that is know, or dreamed, to humans . As you so set your goal many years past, you “are” the greatest pilot that I have ever know. I am still in this space time because of your endless learning and teaching technique to me. Although you let me learn on my own in the beginning, I now know why you waited to give me your wisdom, experience and constant smacking upside my head. I’ll look for you every time I’m up Dad. The front cockpit is all yours… Forever… Your best friend, your eternal student,your fellow story teller,your very proud son, Bar

  25. There is nothing I can say to express the sense of loss and the void that Captain Ike leaves by his demise. Those who knew him were in awe of his experience and constantly sought his advice. Ike knew Kings and Presidents and trained their Air Force leaders. He not only saw history written, he wrote some history himself.
    Yes, The void Captain Ike leaves is vast, but it’s size is diminished by the one left in our hearts.
    Fly high and soar with the Eagles Captain Ike. Enjoy forever smooth skies, and constant tailwinds, my friend…

  26. Ike,
    To the most interesting man I have met, may your story continue. You touched my life and left me wanting more. You will be missed.

  27. Just read “the flying carpetbagger” . Found it in a used bookstore . Needed something to read, on the plane. Going on vacation. One of the best books I’ve ever read. Left me wondering what happened to Capt. Ike. As he would be about my mothers age now. Wow, he died about the time we were boarding our flight to Hawaii. How funny. There i sat at LAX reading about his journeys with Mr. Vesco. And he had just passed away. Anyway, he reminded me a lot of my father. He left a wonderful mark in this world. None of us are perfect. We do the best we can. I hope his wife can get their book published. I only had a few minutes in that little bookstore, glad I happened to see his book there on that shelf. Grin D.

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