Walter L. Burke Jr. 1915 - 2011
Walter L. Burke Jr. was born in Stamford, TX on Aug 17, 1915 to Walter L. Burke Sr & Minnie Moore Burke. In the early 1920’s the Burke family moved to Southern California to the Pasadena area. Walter was interested in flight from an early age, designing & building model gliders and experimenting with parachute designs using his father’s hanker chefs. At 15 Walter, using ingenuity and spare parts designed, built, and flew a full size glider. He carried this interest through-out his education in aeronautical engineering at John Muir Tech in Pasadena, CA.
In the early 1930’s Walter Burke, Wallace Neugent, and Irv Culver were the only remaining members of the “Crown City Glider Club”. The threesome built and flew gliders some that became extremely well known like the “Ding Bat” and the “Ding Bat 2”, but there was one very special Glider that was different from any glider of the time, the “Screamin Wiener” as it was named was smaller than any other glider that had been built and extremely maneuverable. During its life the glider won awards for design and flight records.