Darcy Vernier was born in Palo Alto, California, and grew up in Great Falls, Montana. He attended high school in Brazil and received his BA from American University. In 1967 he was commissioned into the Marine Corps and attended flight school in Pensacola, FL. During the Vietnam War he flew CH-46 helicopters and was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses and Fifty Air Medals. Upon his release from the Marine Corps he went into commodity futures brokerage and didn’t fly more than a few hours for the next 18 years. In 1990 he returned to aviation, flying Twin Otters for Island Air in Hawaii. Once he made Captain he was off to Africa. There he flew UN missions in southern Sudan. Two articles about his experiences were published in the fall 1994 Harvard Review. Later, he flew 727s for Champion Air in the US, and 737s for Saudi Aramco Oil Company in Saudi Arabia. He was in Saudi Arabia on 9/11. He spent 6 years as a CFII in the Los Angeles area and now is a full time actor and writer.