For Partners and Donors of Dale Black Ministries: you are invited to a private celebration – the 50th Anniversary of the airplane crash, from which Dale was the sole survivor. Remembered as perhaps aviation’s most ironic crash, this special anniversary is yet another way we can recognize the power and love of the God we serve, Who not only spared Dale’s life but healed his body and restored his dreams with 50 more years of aviation and ministry. What a mighty God we serve!
One thing for certain is that God will be there and He will be given honor. If you are able to attend and celebrate with us, it would be a joy to connect with you personally at this special occasion. If you are unable to attend but would still like to participate, you are encouraged to tune-in to Facebook LIVE posts on Dale’s Facebook page (Capt. Dale Black).
There will be additional LIVE Posts on Capt. Dale Black’s Facebook page leading up to the special date, and on the Anniversary (July 18th), there will be several LIVE Posts as events unfold: the first will be the flight over the monument as it happens at approximately 10:00 am Pacific Time. There will also be posts of a portion of the celebration at the crash site, Portal of the Folded Wings, where Dale will tell a little about the crash and share some of his testimony.
This anniversary event will also be momentous in the aviation community, with many aviators present, including an Astronaut, an FAA Examiner, several Airline Captains and some of Dale & Paula’s family and personal friends. As a Partner or Donor of Dale Black Ministries, we would love for you to be there as well. And if you would like to bring a guest with you, feel free to do that.
This year we initially intended only to have a small personal celebration with a few friends/family. But in the last two weeks, key partners have expressed a desire to do something more appropriate and very special. So with some arm twisting by some who love us dearly and want to see God glorified, we are now broadening the event in order that more can participate. We have been hugely surprised and very pleased at the wonderful response, even at this late date. Many who are part of our lives, as well as Dale’s aviation and ministry career, are RSVP’ing.
Press Releases have also gone out and we expect some news coverage of this historic event which was reported so broadly 50 years ago by multiple newspapers and all the local news channels. Below are the details for the event. We are hopeful that this story will touch hearts and spread the gospel message. Also bring more exposure to Dale’s testimony as told in “Flight To Heaven,” and God would receive glory.
Psalm 91 has always been a special passage of scripture for Dale regarding the airplane crash. We are including verses 14-16 here as a promise which God clearly fulfilled: “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name; He shall call upon Me and I shall answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him; with long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”
Below are the details for the 50th Anniversary celebration. We hope you are able to attend in person or watch through Facebook LIVE posts as they happen on July 18th.
Details of the event are as follows:
WHEN: Thursday, July 18th, 2019, beginning at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.
WHERE: Hollywood-Burbank Airport (aka Bob Hope Airport)
Portal of the Folded Wings at Valhalla Memorial Park
Cemetery (just south of the airport).
To commemorate this historic 50 year anniversary, just prior to the Reception, Dale will be taking off from Burbank airport to fly over the monument, taking the same flight path their ill-fated plane took 50 years ago.
Dale will fly with his CFI Flight Instructor and friend from 1973, Richard Mend of Mend Aviation. This flight will be a LIVE post on Facebook.
1:00 – 3:00 Reception at Atlantic Air Terminal, Hollywood-Burbank Airport (aka Bob Hope Airport). Where there will be memorabilia from the crash, photos and some video of Dale’s story of the crash, photos of the life he has lived since God gave it back to him. A light informal lunch will be provided. There will also be some interviews of those who have been a part of Dale’s aviation and ministry life.
3:30 – 5:00 A gathering at Portal of the Folded Wings in Valhalla Memorial Park (just south of airport). Dale will share a brief description of the crash and be interviewed. A 50th Anniversary Plaque will be unveiled which will ultimately be mounted on the wall of the monument as a witness and memorial to the airplane crash and God’s intervention to spare Dale’s life and heal him. The museum at the Portal will also be open to enjoy the aviation history that is represented.
5:00 – 7:00 Optional Dinner at the Daily Grille Restaurant at the Marriott, Burbank (Dinner is Dutch). The dinner is not part of the official event, but is an important addition to the day. We would love to have the time to visit and connect with you and several of Dale’s personal friends and people that are particularly special to his life. A few people will be asked to say a few words about their memories of Dale’s life in ministry/aviation. A presentation will be made. (Each person will be financially responsible for their own dinner.) We do need your RSVP by Wednesday the 17th if possible, to alert the restaurant of how many to expect. Thank you.
Capt. Dale Black
God gave Dale a second opportunity at life that would be a testimony to God’s mercy and goodness. On July 18, 1969 Dale was the only survivor in one of aviation’s most ironic airplane crashes–when their plane impacted The Portal of the Folded Wings. Dale alone survived. With a strong faith in God for healing, a 12-step checklist in overcoming adversity, coupled with determination and hard work, Dale miraculously recovered from his massive injuries to accomplish much–personally, in ministry and in aviation–all to the glory of God.
Personal: Dale and Paula, who met at college, married in March of 1972. Dale completed his BA degree from Pasadena College (now called: Point Loma Nazarene University) in 1973. While working as Director of Transportation at the family business, managing 22 trucks, drivers, mechanics and the dispatch operations, Dale somehow found time to acquired his MA in Theology and start a family. Later he acquired his PhD in Business while running his first aviation company. Today Dale and Paula have two grown children, a son and a daughter, who run their own businesses and serve the Lord with passion. They all live in Southern California.
Ministry: Throughout his life since 1971, Dale has served the Lord wherever the Lord directed. Never taking income from his ministry efforts, Dale always supported his family through his business and as a professional pilot while giving his time and talents to the Lord. He started out sharing his testimony in churches and church conferences whenever asked, which was almost weekly. Dale and Paula served as Missionaries among the beloved Aguaruna Indian Tribe in the jungles of Northern Peru, served as Youth Ministers at La Mirada Church of the Nazarene, formed and lead the College/Career ministry in a large church in Long Beach, led dozens of Work and Witness teams on Mission trips to Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and El Salvador, building churches and sharing the gospel of Jesus. He also founded and established an orphanage in Guatemala, and built a special church in Peru.
Dale was ordained in July 1988, with a large array of ministers conducting the ceremony. For several years thereafter, Dale trained and led lay ministry teams on Evangelistic Mission Trips to more than 50 countries where they distributed food and clothing, planted gardens, provided disaster relief, provided medical and dental outreach, and showed the Jesus Film and leading successful street evangelism, resulting in tens of thousands accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Their volunteer ministry continued when Dale and I planted a new church in Southern California and were the senior pastors. Dale launched a daily evangelistic TV program which won souls for Jesus for two years, until I was given the fight of my life. Shockingly I was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1997 but, thank God, my (and Dale’s) story ends in victory. Our journey is recorded in the book “Life, Cancer and God.” Healing has always been a key part of Dale’s ministry since the airplane crash and he has produced an audio book called, “How God Heals,” and is working on a soon to be released “Cancer Healing Program” which is part of the Healing Way Workshops.
Eventually Dale and I sold our personal assets to continue supporting our ministry work. Then in 2014, when we reached retirement age, we started Dale Black Ministries with a mission of teaching God’s uncompromising Word to the unchurched. This ministry is continuing to grow and is reaching new people with the good news of the gospel every day.
In recent years Dale wrote his bestselling book, “Flight To Heaven,” followed by “Visiting Heaven.” In 2019 Dale established Healing Way Ministries where he is currently teaching how to receive healing from God by blending the natural with the miraculous, and conducting Healing Way 2-day workshops on how to receive healing and defeat sickness and disease God’s way.
Aviation: Due to amnesia following the airplane crash, Dale had to learn to fly all over again and retrain his memory with new techniques to remember data. Over many years he worked his way up through the ranks of general aviation and flew for Golden West Airlines beginning in 1977 and was hired by TWA in 1979. He started his first business–American Eagle Aviation in Long Beach, California in 1980, providing training for Private Pilot through Airline Transport Certificate–specializing in Cessna Citation jet and Learjet type ratings. This business was a huge success and under the Lord’s leading Dale & Paula sold it and planted the proceeds into gospel evangelism. In 1991 Dale started Jet Flight Aviation in Denver, Colorado–a pilot training company specializing in Boeing 737 type ratings and the ATP certification, along with various proficiency and recurrent courses. Within three years, Jet Flight became the most profitable, privately held company in Boeing 737 pilot training in the U.S.
Because of the crash in his early days, Dale had an internal burning desire to improve aviation safety. Asked to be an FAA accident prevention counselor, he went above and beyond to learn more to improve the quality of pilot training, with the end result of improving aviation safety. He served the industry as a Systems Instructor for the Boeing 707, 727, 737, 747 commercial jet aircraft. He was an Boeing 737 Flight Standards Captain, Flight and Systems Instructor and FAA Flight Examiner in the Boeing 737, the Cessna Citation 500 & 550, and the Learjet 35/36, 24/25, 55 as well as the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. He was a regular speaker in commercial aviation safety seminars. He gave instruction to, and became acquaintances with, many celebrities and Fortune 500 executives. As a testament to faith in God’s word, throughout his 50 year aviation career, Dale has passed the First Class FAA medical exam with with 20/20 uncorrected vision, throughout his career–to the glory of God.
Jesus said… “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
I hope that seeing a snapshot of the life God spared and has used throughout the last 50 years has blessed you as it has blessed me to review it. I am in awe of the God we serve and His mercy and love.
I look forward in the hope of seeing you soon.
Congratulations Dale on your 50th anniversary of that horrible event. God definitely had other plans for you and it’s a blessing to all of us who follow you that he did.
Dear Dale and Paula, I heard of your life and story last year and was so touched personally after my husband had gone to heaven unexpectedly. I wrote Dale and he so kindly wrote me back, which meant so much to me. You both are truly blessed by God and it is an amazing story of the way you care of others and reach out to others for the love of Christ. In my 72 years I’ve never been so blessed by any other ministry and just the way God saved Dale from the crash and took him to heaven. It gave me a lot of hope for my future and all our futures.
Congratulations on this amazing anniversary of God’s grace and love and blessings beyond compare.
Dear JoRena, you have touched my heart deeply and I know you will touch Dale and Paula’s. Yes, God is using Dale and his amazing testimony to touch thousands of people. He is reaching the “UNCHURCHED” for such a time as this. He knows God spared his life for a divine purpose and plan…Thank you for your encouraging words…-LR PRAYER COORDINATOR
Dear Brother Don, Yes, God is using Dale and his amazing testimony to touch thousands of people. He is reaching the “UNCHURCHED” for such a time as this. He knows God spared his life for a divine purpose and plan…Thank you for your encouraging words…-LR PRAYER COORDINATOR
Dale and Paula, God has certainly used your lives mightily! Your an inspiration to us all. May God continue to bless you and your family.
Thank you once again Brother Chad, for another encouraging email. Yes, God is using Dale and his amazing testimony to touch thousands of people. He is reaching the “UNCHURCHED” for such a time as this. He knows God spared his life for a divine purpose and plan…Thank you for your encouraging words…-LR PRAYER COORDINATOR
God bless you in Jesus’ mighty Name! I love you so much. What beautiful lives of service to our glorious God and soon-coming King. You’ve both been on my minds very much these past months and in my heart since I first heard Dale’s testimony and read his book, and later had the pleasure of meeting you as brother and sister in Christ. (I miss you!) Prayers and love as you commemorate the dramatic beginning of the Lord’s calling on your life together.
Dear Sweet Sister Cynthia, your words will bless Dale and Paula’s hearts! Yes, God is using Dale and his amazing testimony to touch thousands of people. He is reaching the “UNCHURCHED” for such a time as this. He knows God spared his life for a divine purpose and plan…Thank you for your encouraging words…-LR PRAYER COORDINATOR
My son committed suicide please help!
God Bless you both and thank you for being in Gods army. Congratulations!
Dear Sister Debra, thank you for your words of encouragement! Yes, God is using Dale and his amazing testimony to touch thousands of people. He is reaching the “UNCHURCHED” for such a time as this. He knows God spared his life for a divine purpose and plan…Thank you for your encouraging words…-LR PRAYER COORDINATOR
Dear Dale and Paula, I want to thank you so much for the invitation you have extended to your partners. I am in that group and I am so very glad that God has made that possible for me, but even as much as I would be delighted to attend and participate in the festivities, it is just not possible for me to do so. I do follow your activities on utube as much as your videos are published there and I receive your newsletter so i am able to enjoy and share in some of your ministries by those means. But while I’m limited in my ability to take part in fellowship with you right now, I know that He is making eternal friendships and relationships with all of us in His kingdom even now and I am so looking forward to meeting you both in that wonderful place! So thank you again for the invitation that I I wish I didn’t have to decline, but I will pray for a glorious day of rejoicing in the Lord for the festivities on the anniversary of the plane crash for all who are able to attend. I will be watching from afar on whatever avenue is available to me. Love you and your message so much! Your sister in Him, Margaret
Dear Dale and Paula, even though I cant attend, it certainly is an honor to be invited.
Congratulations on the 50th Anniversary of that horrific crash.
Both of you are wonderful people who certainly care for others and are doing the work God intended for you both.
I would give anything to some day meet you both in person.
You both are such down to earth wonderful people and an inspiration to all.
I will try to see if somehow I can watch the celebration from afar.
God Bless you both and your family.
Much Love, Linda
Dear Sister Linda, Thank you so much for this precious email. Dale and Paula are so blessed to have people like you who pray for them. Celebrating Dale’s 50th anniversary reminds us of how God spared his life for a divine purpose and plan…Thank you for your encouraging words…-LR PRAYER
Dear Sister Margret, What a pleasure to receive such an encouraging email. May God bless you dear sister for taking time to write us. Celebrating Dale’s 50th anniversary reminds us of how God spared his life for a divine purpose and plan…Thank you for your encouraging words…-LR PRAYER COORDINATOR
Captain Dale and Miss Paula – Dynamic Duo!!! We love you guys so much ! Your ministry is so unique in that it speaks to the common person’s heart and the ordinary becomes extraordinary. You two are so “down to earth” and yet your messages are obviously not of this earth. Your personal stories of God’s healing hand over your lives leaves a person in awe. 50 years since that fateful day and everything God has unfolded since then is a shining example of His awesome handy work. I can’t thank you enough, Paula for reaching out to me in a time of great need. Your words had authority and I believe we will see a breakthrough. God bless you both and continued blessings for your wonderful ministry.
Dear Sweet Brother in Sister, Frank and Leslie, We are overwhelmed by your wonderful email. Thank you and we are so grateful that the Good Lord is using these videos to minister to you both. Celebrating Dale’s 50th anniversary reminds us of how God spared his life for a divine purpose and plan…Thank you for your encouraging words…-LR PRAYER COORDINATOR
Thank you so much for everything you have shared both form personal and ministry experiences. It is mind-boggling to me how you have been able to accomplish so many fruitful ventures for the Lord! I found it so interesting to read the accounts and study the pictures from your past, it was so heart-warming and made me feel included. It is an honour to be invited even though we cannot come to this 50th Celebration – thank you just the same!
My wife and I are so enriched by the excellent teaching from you both. In the light of what Jesus taught, His investment in you is giving a hundred-fold return. I know He is pleased with your labours!
Your tragedy 50 years ago Dale, so aligns with Joseph of Egypt… what was meant for evil against him, God meant for good, in order for many lives would be saved.
You are all such beautiful people, we love you dearly.
God Bless you Abundantly,
Eric & Bonnie Bidell
Dear Brother Eric and Sister Bonnie, Thank you so much for this precious email. We mentioned yesterday at the 50th celebration, that Dale’s adventure in life was similar to Joseph in the Bible. Thank you and we are so grateful that the Good Lord is using these videos to minister to you both. Celebrating Dale’s 50th anniversary reminds us of how God spared his life for a divine purpose and plan…Thank you for your encouraging words…-LR PRAYER COORDINATOR
Dale and Paul, Precious Brother and Sister in Christ, words cannot adequately express my sincere appreciation for the inspiring videos that you shared of your testimony of the crash and “Flight to Heaven.” It was just a wonderful confirmation of my own extraordinary “hovering” experience. Paula, thanks so much for taking the time to pray with me, and thank you both for the invitation to share in the 50th Anniversary Celebration. I am so grateful to be a partner in your ministry. I look forward to meeting you some day, if not on earth, perhaps our mansions will be on the same GOLDEN street in heaven!
Dear Burlene, Thank you so much for this precious email. We are so grateful that the Good Lord is using these videos to minister to you. Celebrating Dale’s 50th anniversary reminds us of how God spared his life for a divine purpose and plan…Thank you for your encouraging words…-LR PRAYER COORDINATOR
Dear Dale and Paula; good luck on your wonderful celebration. I am sorry that I am unable to come. I love to read all your messages and never get tired of your words and praises. I was so inspired by all of your books and messages; I have read the books several times and never get tired of them. They help me appreciate and learn more about God’s wonderful being. Keep up the wonderful work that you do to inspire so many wonderful people. In Jesus’ Name, Marianne Hayes
Dear Sister Marianne, Thank you for your precious email. We thank the Good Lord for using Dale and Paula’s books to minister to you. Your encouraging words mean so much to us…I will let them read this- LR PRAYER COORDINATOR
Dear brother Dale and sister Paula & Family ( of course Sweetpea is always included 💗), thank you so very much for your invitation to your 50th anniversary of that fateful day! I am very touched by your kindness and I wish I could be there with you all. I am there in spirit with you in remembrance of your day. Sending you much much love in Jesus’ Mighty Name,
Christina Gibson & Family 🙏🏻🥰🕊
Dear Sister Christina, So sorry you missed our celebration! I will definitely let Dale and Paula read this. Thank you for your encouraging words. God is using Dale and Paula for such a time as this! Keep them in your prayers.-LR PRAYER COORDINATOR