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XyZspineZyX
10-20-2003, 07:52 PM
Pilot William K. Johnson, 62, died Saturday Oct. 18th on final approach in his Grumman FM-2 Wildcat at Ellington Field.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/2566056/detail.html

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When you absolutely, positively, have to have it blown up over night.

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XyZspineZyX
10-20-2003, 07:52 PM
Pilot William K. Johnson, 62, died Saturday Oct. 18th on final approach in his Grumman FM-2 Wildcat at Ellington Field.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/2566056/detail.html

The United States Air Force....
When you absolutely, positively, have to have it blown up over night.

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XyZspineZyX
10-20-2003, 08:26 PM
damn'..... /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

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10-20-2003, 08:42 PM
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you shure it the same one?

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XyZspineZyX
10-20-2003, 08:50 PM
THE MISSING MAN

I stood beside the empty grave
Waiting for my friend,
Saying deep within my soul,
"This cannot be the end."

Then I heard a mighty roar;
Looked into the blinding sky
As four planes in close formation
Streaked above to say good-bye.

In a single moment
One pulled out, up, and away
And left a gaping hole
In that formation on this day.

As he did a "barrel roll"
(Bounding upward to disappear)
I heard my friend's bright laughter
As I wiped away a tear.

In that priceless, shining moment
My heart leaped up with pride
For I knew my friend would forever fly.
I knew he had not "died."

--Esther B. (Campbell) Gates

Rew_
10-20-2003, 10:09 PM
S!

XyZspineZyX
10-20-2003, 11:37 PM
DAMMI IT....~S~ Midland, Texas (Oct. 19, 2003) - A Commemorative Air Force (CAF) operated single-engine World War II Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, N681S, crashed at approximately 6:15 p.m. (Central Daylight Savings Time) on Oct. 18, 2003, in a field near the Ellington Field airport, in Houston, Texas.

The plane was on final approach to land at Ellington Field when the accident occurred. The pilot of the airplane, William K. Johnson, 62, of Parkton, NC, perished in the accident. Johnson was a member of the CAF and the Carolinas Wing of the CAF. The airplane was destroyed in the accident and the FAA is currently investigating the accident.

Based out of Franklin, VA, the airplane and its pilot had just completed a routine photo mission. The FM-2 was one of several airplanes that had been photographed as part of the mission. Although the airplane had flown earlier in Saturday's Wings Over Houston, the accident took place two hours after the airshow had ended and was not in any way related to the Wings Over Houston event. The Wings Over Houston Airshow will continue as scheduled on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003.

The Grumman Wildcat was developed in 1937, first flown in 1939 and delivered to the Navy beginning in 1940. The Wildcat remained in combat service to the end of World War II and fought in every major naval battle in the Pacific.

The airplane involved in this accident was a General Motors-built FM-2 and was purchased by the CAF in 1961. The CAF has one other FM-2 Wildcat (N5833) in its collection. That airplane (N5833) is based in Long Beach, Calif., but is currently on static display at CAF Headquarters in Midland, Texas.

The CAF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. Based in Midland, Texas, the organization has over 10,000 members and operates a fleet of over 150 World War II aircraft.

For more information please contact Tina Corbett at (432) 563-1000, ext. 2231, or (432) 638-3846.


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XyZspineZyX
10-21-2003, 12:32 AM
Damn thats bad news. Is the aircraft totaled?

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XyZspineZyX
10-21-2003, 12:34 AM
Yes, I heard it was. Poor man /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

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XyZspineZyX
10-21-2003, 12:38 AM
S!

Sad news /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

I was just down at Midland in Sept for Airsho 2003. Hate to see a pilot and one of those rare birds lost.

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10-21-2003, 01:44 AM
Sorry to hear of this news. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

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XyZspineZyX
10-21-2003, 01:47 AM
Very sad....my condolences./i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

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XyZspineZyX
10-21-2003, 02:50 AM
I'm beginning to feel more and more like they should stop flying these old birds, for the sake of great pilots and for the sake of preserving history.

Fly replicas, preserve originals.

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