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Old 01-20-2016, 10:33 AM
DeltaFox DeltaFox is offline
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Thanks so much for sharing such a great story. I think you've touched a cord in many of us, both as those blessed to give such a ride, and thoughts of those we've received.

RV-9A Airworthiness certificate Oct 2017,
first flight 11/18/17, testing completed Mar 2018.
Now free to move about the country.

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Old 01-20-2016, 01:01 PM
Shimoda Shimoda is offline
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Thank you!
neat reminder never to take life or flying (or anything else) for granted...
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:04 PM
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That was one nice, nice story. Thank you for that.

I gave a similar ride in my Rocket a few years back to an old WWII vet at a local fly-in, but I couldn't tell the story nearly as nice as you did.
Randy Pflanzer
Greenwood, IN
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:38 PM
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Wow, it's really dusty in here all of a sudden.

No, YOU'RE crying!

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Old 01-20-2016, 05:38 PM
Dave12 Dave12 is offline
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Originally Posted by LettersFromFlyoverCountry View Post
Said it before. Saying it again. Dave Gamble is one of the greatest writers I've ever read.
He makes a darn good video too!
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Old 01-20-2016, 06:52 PM
T.O.Craig T.O.Craig is offline
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I've read this twice and had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes both times. Quite moving to say the least... I can only imagine what it meant to him.

Thank you for sharing
Craig Rufi
RV-10/Empennage/Wings/QB Fuselage/Wiring/Doors done finally, Cowling done. Stein panel complete, and connecting all those wires :-))Thousand Oaks, Ca. Dues paid for 2019
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:47 PM
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great story. thank-you
Steve Melton
Cincinnati, OH
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:51 AM
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Thanks for sharing Dave.

I guess I haven?t thought about giving rides much. I don?t give many rides. However I did give my father-in-law a ride last week.

My 78 year old father-in-law, Don, lives in Ohio and I live in Texas. He drives down and visits us in Texas about once a year. I really hadn?t thought about it much but he was involved in my building an RV since the beginning. In 2009, when I decided to buy a kit, he drove with me 3,333 miles from Dallas to 500 miles north of Toronto and back in four days to pick up an RV-9 kit. (Insanity and obsessions come in all forms. Don?t judge.) I couldn?t have bought that kit without him.

Since he visits once a year, or so, he has seen my plane in various stage of the build process. He was visiting last week and I mentioned taking a flight. He jumped on the chance to fly in my plane, "like a chicken on a June bug". We went up for about 1.5 hours last week and just puttered around the north Texas, Southern Oklahoma area. Nice day and nice flight. Didn?t give it much thought.

He left last Sunday and a few days later he called my wife from Florida and asked if I?d text a picture I took of him and my plane to a friend of his.

I really didn?t think much about the flight until your article. Thanks again Dave. I think the flight meant a lot to Don and again I hadn?t really given it much thought. I needed to.

Here's Don
Dean Eiland
Aubrey, TX
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Old 01-22-2016, 08:43 AM
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A great deed you did, and sharing it with us is icing on the cake. Wonderful.
I need to get more creative in finding riders.
RV6 aka; Pop Tart
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Old 01-26-2016, 03:10 PM
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Mannie Sage Bemis photo

I just saw this photo for the first time today when a friend posted it on FB. This is Ray Sage who lived in Las Cruces, NM until his death in 2014 at the age of 93. He practiced law until his retirement at the age of 88.

Ray flew P-51s in Europe and as a civilian was a long time flight instructor. Ray's daughter's post on FB has the following quote. "Daddy, a former P-51 pilot, WW2 vet, and independent flight instructor, said the RV-6 flew more like the P-51 than any other plane he ever flew. It was the last time he would ever man a cockpit."

I knew that I enjoyed that day very much but never thought about the fact that that was the last flight this great man made from this world.
Larry Pardue
Carlsbad, NM

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