This essay is about flying to flight service stations (FSS) when they were spread across the nation at small, country airports, until the 1990s when they were combined into several large flight service centers. In the old days, you could fly to an FSS on Christmas Eve in the middle of nowhere, and there would be the attendant in the cozy room, ready to provide any information you needed about weather conditions, just talk for a bit, get warmed up, take a potty break, get a drink from the water fountain, and sit and relax before taking off on your next leg.
David V. Barth served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1966, was assigned to a nuclear ballistic missile submarine christened by First Lady Jackie Kennedy, made seven patrols during the Cold War, and was on patrols during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The computer training and experience in the Navy prepared him for a career as a mainframe computer programmer/analyst (1967 - 2007). He earned a B.S. degree in aviation management/computer science with highest honors from the Metropolitan State University of Denver (1977), a M.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado (1982), and a Ph.D. in Computer Management Science from Kennedy-Western University (1995). He earned a pilot’s license and became a flight instructor, teaching part-time (1976 - 2004). He was employed in information technology departments of several Denver banks and worked as a consultant for Perot Systems, Accenture, and Computer Sciences Corporation. He was Assistant Director of the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver, Colorado (2009 – 2011) where he developed web pages of automobile museum collections at barthworks.com. Since 1961 he has written short stories, both fiction and non-fiction, and is a speaker. He has traveled extensively while pursuing his interests in photography and writing.read more