The Moroney's in Alaska
Bruce & Diana Moroney
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I have put this web site together mainly for my mother to keep track of her favorite son but also for the rest of our family, friends and those interested in our Alaska lifestyle. We are just an ordinary family who have taken advantage of living in an extra ordinary State, Alaska.
A milestone in my career as a pilot this July. November 2014 marked 50 years since my 1st solo in Dad's C-140 at Palo Alto Airport on my 16th birthday. July 21 at an FAA Awards ceremony I received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, 50 years as a licensed pilot. Mom, Josh and Grace spent a week in July with us and were present. Great to have Mom there as she was 50 years ago.
Fishing with Grace and Josh for Sockeye Salmon on the Newhalen River in Iliamna Alaska
Grace gets a tour of the 747 with Bruce & Diana Charlotte has a voice March 21 2012 Flying for the Iditarod Airforce 2011, Bruce and Diana take turns flying their Cessna 185 supporting Iditarod. Follow this link for videos from Iditarod 2011 BVI January 2011
June Lake Havasu with Josh, Kasie and the kidsLake Nakuru Safari pt1 Lake Nakuru Safari pt2 Highlights 2010: New Years Trip: Seattle, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Fiesta Bowl Diana and I flew south for a New Years celebration. Ringing in the new year under the Space Needle with fireworks and 100,000 of our best friends. New Years day in Las Vegas at the Bellagio and "O". A pleasant drive south to Lake Havasu and a night with Josh, Casey and the grand kids, Grace, Christopher and Caden. Then off to Phoenix with Josh and Casey to meet up with Cob, Kim and 70,000 football fans in the Fiesta Bowl! The whole reason this New Years adventure came about was Boise State Broncos wining their 2nd Fiesta Bowl bid. Cob and crew are ardent supporters and Diana and I had to come and be apart of the history and it was. In an exciting game to the end, Boise beat Texas Christian University 17 to 10, remaining undefeated for the season, GO BRONCOS!! Highlights 2009: November: Dubai Air Show. November I operated the Pacific Rim through Honolulu, Sydney to Shanghai and on the Dubai then Africa, Europe, back to Dubai, Shanghai and home. It was a long 85 hour month of flying. Had a good layover in Dubai during the Air Show, paid my $50US and spent the day. The Dubai Air Show ranks right up there with Paris, Walking among the displays of every commercial and military manufacture hawking the latest, fastest and deadliest your among an incredible mix of uniforms and dress from the around the globe. On approach DXB, Man Made, Palm Island AirBus A380 New Boeing 747-8, Atlas has 12 on order Micro Jet B777 Engine with curved fan blades Tiger Hat helicopter inverted! Wow September: Reno Air Races. Fly low, fly fast, turn left. more...! 2004 was our last visit to Reno for the Air Races. Ever September we watch the races through our computer and news reports, wishing we were there. This year we made the pilgrimage. 2009 Unlimited Gold winner, 22 year old Steve Hinton in P51D Strega 491mph Dan Davidson join Diana & Bruce June: The Youmans are back! more...! Kodiak & Afognak Islands and Fish, Fish and more Fish... June 2007 was their last visit and we found fish but not enough for Terry's liking! Alison, Bruce & Diana enroute Afognak Island Sockeye (Red) Salmon Paul Gebheart's B&B Kasilof April: Paris 2009! more... We headed off for an April vacation to Luxembourg and Paris. So far all has worked according to plan. After Diana finished work on Friday, we jump-seated on a Fed-Ex plane to Memphis, then Northwest to Huntsville. Got a bit of rest then our next leg was in style aboard an Atlas 747-400. First class seating all the way to Luxembourg. Here in time to walk around the city and take a short tour by bus. A wonderful and relaxed dinner at a sidewalk cafe ended the day... Paris 2009! Cathedral De Notre Dame Our Hotel Luxembourg What a view Renoir Museum d'Orsay The City of Lights from the Eiffel Tower March: Iditarod. 25 Years, This year marks our 25th. Diana's first Iditarod 1984 and the first year I flew support for the Last Great Race, in a 1063 180, N2162Z. A lot of trail miles have past for Diana and I running our dogs to Nome, 10 Iditarods for Diana and 2 for me. Plus over 2000 hours Flying support for the IAF (Iditarod Air Force). Race start Anchorage Chris Beck, G-kids and Me Karin and crew Nome finish January: Wright Pat AF Museum. Diana accompanied me on a trip to Willington Ohio. I had a weekend layover just 20 minutes from 2nd largest aviation museum and the home of the Wright Brothers. This was no afternoon excursion but 3 full days or hundreds of exhibits and aircraft. From the birth of powered flight at the Wright B museum to cutting edge space and the future of aviation and technology. Wright B Flyer B-29 Superfortress Bockscar which dropped Fat Man on Nagasaki Diana on a mission Flying Boat OA-10 Catalina B-1 Stealth Highlights 2008: December: Josh and Kasie are married. Saturday December 27 a garden wedding in Lake Havasu with Gracie as flower girl and Christopher as ring barer Josh and Kasie became Mr. & Mrs. Joshua James Honey Buckles Moroney. Joshua and Kasie Moroney Josh, Kasie, Dad, Christopher, Grace The cake & CJ Josh with Grandma October - Monday Night Football: Bruce, Diana, John & Sarah, head to Nashville for Monday Night Football. Tennessee Titans hosting Indianapolis Colts. Great game till the 4qt when the Titans roared ahead to win. After the game downtown for great music and packed clubs till 2am! Crossing the Cumberland River to LP Stadium Dejected Colts fans, Titans undefeated 7-0 John & Sarah with the Bethel Newspaper August September: Salmon Fishing Hells Hole, Halibut in the Sound and Moose Hunting the Yukon: Our summers might be short but with endless daylight, our aircraft geared and gassed up, a vast wilderness to explore, the possibilities are endless and exciting. More On The Wing Malia's Coho catch Fishing off the Floats Bob and our Halibut haul Cory Eberhardt and a monster 64" August: Mom's 80th: The Moroney's all converged on Placerville California for our latest family reunion and to celebrate Mom's upcoming 80th. A day of Golf, picnicking, winery indulging and a trip to Tahoe was all crammed to a long weekend. Ending with a catered party at Brookstone winery, complete with Bagpipes. On the Course Grace at Tahoe Kaise and Josh The descendants Look who's 80! May: A spring trip on the Alaska Railroad: Diana and I have been in Alaska for over 30 years and we were embarrassed to say we had never taken a trip on the Alaska Railroad! Love those Airline Miles. Mom escaped the early 100'f heat in Eldorado Hills on an Alaska Airlines First Class seat North. Diana had planned a trip for the 3 of us on The Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Denali Park for over night stay and return. Mom arrived while I was on a short trip so to fill Mom's time Diana had a round of golf planned. I told Diana I didn't think that was such a good idea, Mom's almost 80, she needs to be around for he 80th birthday bass in August! Friday morning they awake to rain. Diana insist the weather will be fine and there off to Moose Run for a round. A bucket of balls at the range then off to the first hole. The rains stopped and the sun came out and according to Mom she did pretty good for an old gal, completing 9 holes. Spring in Alaska, it's lush and green with the leaves just out, still a bit cool but just after a rain Diana and Mom had the golf course to them selves and had a blast.
I arrive home midnight Friday with Mom and Diana abusing the Hot Tub with wine and their female talk, good thing I wasn't around, gave Mother and Daughter In law time together and from the look of it they had fun. I tucked them in for the night!Saturday a recovery day. Actually the girls went shopping, a little bit of everything and flowers for the garden. Bed early for our 6am get up to catch a train. Mom & Diana at Moose Run Sneaking up to the doom car Alaska Railroad Moose Calf
All Aboard was the call and on our way North. 8 hours through some of the most spectacular scenery crossing rivers and valleys to Denali. We say Moose, Black Bear, Owls, Eagles and Fox. Diana's sister Deb meant us in Denali where we stayed at the Denali Cabins. Dinner and an evenings reveling and the next days 8 hours back to Anchorage.Iditarod 2008: The first major event of the year is always Iditarod. 2008 saw a record number of teams, 97 and the most hours flown by Diana and I during any Iditarod, 135 flight hours!... For us Iditarod starts 2 weeks before the race actually starts. We spend several days flying all the supplies from Anchorage to check points on the East side of the Alaska range then will spend a week in McGrath supplying the West side. When the race is under way were flying 6+ hours a day till the last Musher is off the trail and all checkpoints are cleaned. Bob & I with a load of trail markers DeeDee Jonrowe on the Big Su Induction icing In Nome Live Bearing Sea King Crab Highlights 2007: November December: Our 185 made the cover of Trade-a-Plane Captain Diana Diana's 2008 Prius The close of 2007 was filled with great surprises for both Diana and Bruce. Before Thanksgiving Diana interview with Empire Airlines and accepted a Captain position on the ATR 72 flying out of Anchorage. Training went well and Diana was typed in the ATR just before the new year, Captain Diana! Wow. Mom flew to Alaska for Thanksgiving. We had planned to fly to Fairbanks but the weather horrible so we drove north. We spent 3 days with Diana's sister Deb and family in their lodge, Taste of Alaska Lodge, a beautiful log lodge overlooking the Tanana River and our favorite place to spend the holidays and traditional family gatherings. Bruce turned 59 in November and was entering the last year of his career with Atlas when two weeks latter President Bush sighed a new law extending the mandatory airline pilot retirement age to 65. Flying the 747-400 around the world is a great challenge and to continue past 60 fantastic... In preparation for retirement I started another Aircraft rebuild. Purchasing a 1963 Cessna 182 that was flipped over during landing. Towards the end of 2007 I studied, took the test and added the FAA Inspection Authorization to my A&P Certificate. A picture of our Cessna 185 over the North Rived east of Unakleet last March during Iditarod was on the cover of the December issue of Trade-a-Plane. Were turning Green; For Christmas Diana got a new Toyota Prius Hybrid! June: The Youmans fly North: June 21st Terry, Allison, James and Mom flew to Alaska to experience the Land of the Midnight Sun. 21st of June, the longest day of the year. It was 10 days of family, flying, fishing and late nights enjoying Alaska's summer. More On The Wing A rewarding day in Seward Flying to the Yentna River At a friends Yentna River cabin for some King fishing May: Diana and I arrived back home May 3rd. 81 hours of flying to the Bahamas and back, what a fantastic trip we had. Were both looking forward to a fun summer of flying Alaska and this year our Cessna 185 will be on floats. Back to work for a few weeks. May 23rd We married our Cessna 185 to EDO 2960 floats. More On The Wing Ready the hoist Grant Aviation hanger Amber Lake April: Alaska to the Bahamas, it's been year in the planning and were off. Diana and I are flying South and East, Sun n Fun in Florida then Island hopping the Bahamas... Were Here Sun n Fun Sun n Fun 3 days Flying in to Biminis Islands It's a vacation Kim & Bruce March: March 26, 2007. We have a second grandchild, born today. Caden James Moroney. Josh and Kasey had a baby this morning. Joshua and Family Link A proud Dad Grace and brother A new Mother Highlights 2006: April: With the skis stored for another winter and a new belly pod installed and full of fuel Diana and I took off from Birchwood in the Cessna 185 at 5am April 15. We were headed for sun, warm water and cold margaritas, Baja The Tip of Baja Fishing, Sea of Cortez Cold Margaritas March: As with most years, once the holidays are over were getting ready for March and Iditarod. This will be the first year neither Diana or I will be on a dog team. After Diana's 2005 race were down to 9 retired dogs. I expect Diana to exhibit withdrawal symptoms... We will see the trail from above. Diana and I will take turns flying our Cessna 185 on skis for the Iditarod Air Force, flying officials, supplies and dogs along the trail. For more on the Iditarod Airforce Diana & Jenny Dropped dogs hitching Broken axel at Wolf Kill Slue Highlights 2005: : March Diana competed in her 10th and last Iditarod Diana announced her retirement after 20 year involvement. Diana finished 29th out a starting field of 89 teams. Project: April to July; Strip & paint our Cessna 185. Makeover, inside and out. Replaced windows, add skylights, new interior and presto! Iditarod Airforce: In March the winter days are long and sunny. Flying on skis is like having a snowmobile with wings. Flying support for the Last Great Race it's a dog sled on wings Diana At Work: Another Alaska Bush Pilot. Grant Aviation