Darcy Vernier grew up in Montana and Brazil. He graduated American University in Washington D.C. where he was active in theater. Then, in 1965, he joined the Marine Corps. In the Marines he was a combat helicopter pilot, earning 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 50 Air Medals in Vietnam. He later instructed Navy and Marine Corps fixed wing students in Pensacola.
After some business “adventures” in Washington DC, Orlando and New Orleans, he was working as a bartender on Maui. Wanting to return to aviation he flew Twin Otters for Aloha Island Air for three years and then left Hawaii to attend grad school at Emerson College in Boston. While there, he was hired by AirServ International to fly Twin Otters for the UN in the Sudan during the Sudanese civil war. AirServ operated out of Lokichokio, Kenya, and the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, most flights were out of unimproved dirt strips in the “Bush”. He continued directed studies at Emerson by mail and fax.
Returning to the US, Darcy finished his MFA at Emerson in Creative Writing with a GPA of 3.92. His master’s thesis was the screenplay SUDAN, which was also a Nicholl Fellowship quarter finalist.
Darcy returned to Africa, flying the Twin Otter in support of Sahara desert oil exploration in central Algeria. He was offered a chance at “big” aircraft, and joined Champion Airlines, flying the Boeing 727. Later, he flew the Boeing 737 and the Twin Otter for Saudi Armaco, in Saudi Arabia. He was active in local theater in Saudi, and was there on 9/11.
Since returning to the US, Darcy has taught English, done aviation accident insurance investigation, and flown air ambulance flights while working as a flight instructor as his “Day job.” Meanwhile he has been chasing auditions and dealing with agents. He has been a member of SAG-AFTRA since 1997.
After 50 years in aviation he retired due to some difficulties brought on by PTSD and Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. He now concentrates his activities on acting and writing.