Frank & Dudley Hale

Dudley G. Hale

Dudley G. Hale is a legend in the helicopter business. As a scout pilot in Vietnam, he flew with the 1/9th, First Cavalry Division. He was shot down twice and had two forced landings. Dudley retired with 15,000 hours in all types of helicopters, including giant Cranes. He fought fires in Greece, flew seismic in the Rockies and Alaska. He has saved many people in the process, at great risk to himself. Dudley lives in Northern California with his wife, Diann and daughter, Mhari. He is proud of his sons Baden, Brandon, and Dylan. Dudley’s songs tell his life story.

Frank George Hale

Frank George Hale is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He has written numerous screenplays and developed projects for television. Joseph Heller, Robert Altman, and Sam Peckinpah, greatly influenced him in film and the written word. Runaway-6 is Frank’s first book. Other creative projects are in the works. His two children, Bethany and Justin, are a constant source of inspiration. Justin is a Marine Corps veteran of Iraq.

5 thoughts on “Frank & Dudley Hale

  1. Bill, would love to see the photos. Please send them to me.
    My brother Dudley passed away on March 24th, 2012, go to for info. Please send the photos to me, not the website.
    Frank George Hale

  2. Dear Frank,

    Our condolences to you and your family on the loss of your brother, Dudley.

    Bill is a retired minerals exploration geologist. He worked for Exxon Minerals Exploration and also for Kennecott Minerals Exploration.

    This March (2012) he completed his second full knee replacement surgery. The first was completed in July 2011. He is doing well.
    He has a number of photos archived from his field work with Exxon and Kennecott. It will take some time to locate the photos, since we were in Montana for 9 years, starting in 1973.

    He worked in Arizona between 1981 and 1984. We moved to Nevada in 1985. Exxon downsized that fall. Bill worked for Kennecott between 1986 and 1999. Then he had his own consulting business. He is presently retired in Reno, NV.

    Can you provide a time frame when Bill might have done some of his helicopter work with your brother? Bill treasures his time in the “choppers.” and takes active interest in the WWII planes which regularly land at the Reno-Stead Airport about 5 miles from our home.
    You may recall the horrific accident during the air races last September. It made national news. We observed the emergency vehicles at work, but did not actually see the disaster. However, we knew people who were in the stands at the time, and somehow escaped injury.

    Thank you for your help. We will try to locate photos.

  3. Hi Frank,
    I am so sorry to hear of Dudley’s passing ! I was thinking of his visit to our family at Christmas 1965 when he and Sue Priest sang to my mother and I all night…a real
    treat ! Lost track of you both for about 20 years and decided to goggle your name !
    Just purchased your book on Amozon. I am going to see Wayne Carpenter soon.
    I would love to talk to you.
    All the best,

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