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07-31-2007 06:35 PM  13 years ago
Murf64

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Well this is not the kind of news you want to hear coming from an airshow. I met Jim last year at an Airshow in Tullahoma, Tn. What a nice guy, and I must say an A 1 professional at the job he loved.
God's Speed Jim, we will miss seeing you.

Murf

PS Here is a picture I took of him and his bird. 50ft AGL knife edge pass.

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08-01-2007 12:44 AM  13 years ago
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Although I did not know Jim I can tell you what I heard from the people at the show that knew him. He was a fantastic pilot, a great husband and father, and a proud Marine. I was there when the plane went in. We saw it go below our horizon and not climb out. Right away we knew. My friends I was sitting with were the Army Blackhawk guys that took him to the hospital. Within seconds of the accident they were running to the helicopter and within a few short minutes they were on scene. I wanted to comment on the side of the story that didn't get covered, the very quick and selfless people that stand ready to save a life when the situation calls. The first responders were there imediately and did all anyone could. The show officials made a very tough call to end the show, the right call. Organizers put on a moving tribute to Jim the next day.

The Airshow community is a very tight and close community and we all have lost something by losing Jim.

As to a few of the comments about the "Danger" we accept. First, everything a pilot on this level does is calculated risk, practiced hundreds of times, and very thought out. NO Airshow pilot "wings it", a routine is developed and not deviated from. To even fly at this level requires years of experience and competancy evaluations every year. A pilot must have a minimum of a commercial licence, a minimum of a class II medical, a aerobatic sign off, years of aerobatic practice, and a waiver card signed off annually by a Aerobatic ACE evaluator. Even then the pilot is started out at 1000' level above the ground and must fly for many years to work his level card down to "surface". I say all this to say that the level of skill Jim had was amazing. He truely was one of the best pilots in the world.

When I fly I am very aware of the things that can go wrong, I plan for them, and enjoy the flight. It is my love and life. I have been flying since I was a teen. There is a peace and a thrill to flying only a pilot understands. There are risks to everything in life that counts, and yes, in the end we will all die know matter how safe you live. But I would have to say that from my experience it is the people that are willing to take the risk of dying that do the most living, and the folks who are the most scared to die that never seem to live.

Jim knew this and lived more than most.

May God Bless you Jim, your family, and your friends.

Jerry
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08-01-2007 12:48 AM  13 years ago
GimbalFan (RIP)

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it is the people that are willing to take the risk of dying that do the most living, and the folks who are the most scared to die that never seem to live.
Hear here.
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08-01-2007 01:14 AM  13 years ago
ShuttleJock

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it is the people that are willing to take the risk of dying that do the most living, and the folks who are the most scared to die that never seem to live.
Let Freedom Ring
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08-01-2007 02:04 AM  13 years ago
Sealerman

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Here is a link to Jim Leroy's web site, I feel for his family. He had a 4 year old son who was there at the show.
http://www.bulldogairshows.com/
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08-01-2007 08:14 AM  13 years ago
Luckylandings

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RIP Jim.. Some good info. here about the sad day..

http://www.middletownjournal.com/e/...7theactweb.html

Touching pictures and a video also..
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08-03-2007 10:56 PM  13 years ago
spog

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mentalities like this...

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If you play a high risk game, it's only a matter of time before you lose.
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are what result in restrictions, and ultimately result in the banning of sports such as aerobatic flying
It's exactly the opposite. I don't have a problem with space shuttles going up in flames, they knew the risk and were Ok with it. Astronauts will die, if you can't accept that, then the space program can't exist.
This pilot died playing a high risk game he most likely loved, no big deal, it will happen again.
All of us know the risk of flying these rc helis, and we accept it. If I die doing this, my hope is that the rest of you won't be shut out of a hobby you love because bleeding heart morons can't/won't allow you to take the risk.
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08-04-2007 12:13 PM  13 years ago
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so how did he lose if he died doing what he loved to do? I guess what I'm sayin' is that you gotta be careful with what you consider a 'loss'.... in my opinion, he didn't lose... if anything, it was us (those that are still here) that lost a great pilot.
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08-05-2007 07:54 AM  13 years ago
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When something like this happens everyone lose's in every sense of the word. I didn't know Jim but I can tell you I'm very sad, for him and for his family. But his memory lives forever. God speed, Jimmi

Just a quote on my last text
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing
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