I've known a version of that joke from a young age. As told to me in the early 1970's, the first two things were a bit more "colorful", but the last was the familiar "... And a doctor in a Beechcraft Bonanza..."
Terrible news. Please accept my condolences to his family and friends.Hello group. I'm asking for prayers for our EAA chapter 280 president Jim Ireland. Jim died a few hours ago test flying a recently completed Falconar P51 replica.
The airplane was powered by a Chevy LS V8 and apparently lost power and spun in with full fuel. All I know is they had issues last week with the ECU rev limiter and we suspect that may be the cause.
Jim was a great guy, I'm all shook up and will not say much more except for please be careful, and please say a prayer for Jim.
It has been discussed here before, always have a plan for when the engine quits after takeoff. The outcome most often is better landing straight ahead. And like Bob Hoover said..."Fly the plane all the way through the crash."I was wrong with my Monday morning speculation. Jim took off to the north and lost power during a right turn out.
Wings rocked and he regained control with nose down attitude, he didn’t have enough altitude to recover.
Good morning Ron, I have been following a lot of your work on this forum and I am in awe of your knowledge and experience! You are quite right here, as a retired ATC and a private pilot I am fully aware that I will not live long enough to make all the mistakes that generations of pilots before me have made therefore, I have to learn from their errors and ensure I don't copy them whilst trying my hardest to NOT add to the data set anything I can make up!If one person learns a lesson from an accident, and at a point in the future survives because of it, then the death has some meaning.
I'll admit that many folks discuss accidents out of morbid curiosity or the desire to gossip, but feel there's often value in discussing accidents anyway.