Sadness prevails at Reno Air Races
Update: A post from one of Brad’s family on their blog.
Today: During the Formula 1 race, Gary Hubler and Jason Somes were involved in an accident when their planes collided. Gary, sadly, lost his life. Jason is in the hospital, and should recover, if I’m reading the article correctly. [News, AAFO] Gary’s website.
Along with Steve’s accident earlier (previous post), this makes three dedicated air racers lost this week. These men were not novices. They were experienced pilots. I’m saddened. No, I didn’t know any of these great men personally, but I feel the loss. We – the fans and lovers of all things aviation – feel the impact of these losses. These are the people that inspire us to reach for our dreams, to test boundaries, to find ways to better ourselves.
Perspective is a post I wrote just before the air show here in Indianapolis. I failed to include “air racers” with the “performers” in that post. I admire and respect these pilots. I know they make it LOOK easy. It isn’t. They know the risks. They love what they do. We love what they do. Again – thank you to all the pilots for what you do, and their families for the sacrifices and support.
Wayne Sagar from AAFO posted this article after an accident in 1999. It is a very well written article that helps us see what makes these pilots tick. I’ve see the sportmanship Wayne speaks of in this article. The men and women of the air show and air racing communities are people to emulate. If we could all learn to be like them, we would truy honor those who have flown on to Bluer Skies this week.
Again – my sympathies to the families and friends impacted by this weeks events. I share your sadness.
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