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Old 10-30-2013, 10:56 PM
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I talked with Bob and discussed air racing techniques and mods several times at the air races over the last couple years. He always had some new thing he was trying out on his plane which he spent 4 days modifying. This was a weekly thing for him. He also shared some interesting data about altitudes, winds, and technique via email. Bob was an absolute fanatic about drag and air racing technique. He was thinking on a much higher level than most of us, who were thinking full throttle, yank left and up, and run like **** hope we win. He could see the airflow out to bottom of the cowling and the interference drag from the exhaust, and fixing articulating flush NACA scoop plugs for the fresh air vents. Nothing escaped his total focus on drag reduction.

But the same or more important than that he would always take the time to just talk and catch up. I heard him described as a loner but I didnt find him to be that way at all. I last saw him at the Jasper air race last week. We talked a good ten minutes. He looked a bit tired, but he was up all night putting a fixed pitch prop on his RV-6A, and made it in time to get the race. I think he busted his record again, by 2 MPH.

There is no finer and more dedicated air racer than Bob Axsom. But just as notable, or moreso, he was a fine man and a great friend. The kind who would stay late and help you to get your plane home, whatever you needed. You will be sorely missed, Bob. Tailwinds and blue skies forever, friend.
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:07 PM
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Here's a good narrative written by Bob. It's a good way to remember his passion for air racing. I'm not sure what year it was written, but I would guess this is the first race after Jeanine passed.

http://sportairrace.org/archive/id346.html
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:10 PM
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Default Year of Bob's West Texas writeup

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I'm not sure what year it was written, but I would guess this is the first race after Jeanine passed.
That race was in 2010 and my first. That is the report I was referring to in post #30 of this thread. Thanks for finding it and sharing.
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Sorry to hear the sad news.
I really enjoyed his posts.

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Old 10-31-2013, 10:32 PM
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Exactly one week before he passed, Bob wrote a raw and heartbreaking reply to my post "Re-birthday flight". He finished with these words:

"It doesn't get any worse than to have someone die that you feel is perfect and is very dear to you. Live a good new life Gerry.

Bob Axsom"

I'll do my best, Bob, and although you may not have been perfect, I think many on this forum know exactly what you meant right now.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:50 AM
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Robert Wayne Axsom, 77 of Farmington, AR. passed away on October 29, 2013 in his home. Bob, had served with the US Air Force in the Korean War in 1956. After his military service he began a life long career in the aeronautical and aerospace industry. Bob earned several bachelor degrees and served as Quality Assurance Manager on some of the most ambitious aerospace projects including the Genesis Project. He was an accomplished air racing pilot competing all across the country in an airplane that he had built with his wife Jeanine.
Bob was pre-deceased by his parents Paul and Ethel, his brother Drex, and his wife Jeanine.
He is survived by two sons, Don and Tony, and his daughter, Laural.
Graveside services will be held 10:00 AM, Friday November 1st at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.
To sign the online guest book please visit www.nelsonberna.com




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Friday November 1, 2013, 10:00 AM at Fairview Memorial Gardens
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:39 AM
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I never talked directly to Bob in any fashion but I really enjoyed his posts. It was obvious he was an engineer in the highest meaning of the word. Applying theory with the best of them he was a true engineer in that he didn't hang his hat on theory but the empirical evidence that well instrumented and documented results provide.

But perhaps the best tribute to the man was his fearless exposition of his devotion to his wife; his unselfish sharing of his passion and knowledge of flying; and his modesty and humility.

I am poorer for not making the effort to get to know him personally. That is a lesson I need to learn. The time is always shorter than we think.
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:56 PM
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I have yet to read through all of these posts about Bob. However....

While I never met him, I always read his posts and learned something from each and every one of them. He was one of the great guys in our hobby!

What I do vividly remember from reading his posts over the years, was his immense love for his wife. He lost her awhile back, and now he is with her in eternity. Now that is awesome!

I hope to meet them both one day. Tailwinds, Mr. Axsom.
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:57 PM
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I literally felt myself sinking when I saw the headline, while skimming the "Old News" on the VAF homepage.

Rest In Peace, sir.
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:12 PM
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This past weekend, Jeff Barnes and I carried Bob's soon-to-be-retired race number (71) with us during the race. We'll do it again next weekend (11/9) at the final race of the year in Taylor, TX (T74), where Bob will be honored. Would love to see folks join us for the celebration. Come race or come watch...and raise a toast to Bob.

The race brief is 1400, race start is 1500, and from the SARL race info page:

Awards and dinner after the race, with end of year awards, Presentation of 2013 Champions and Bob Axsom's induction into the Sport Air Racing Hall of Fame.
Also the opening of a keg of Race Pace beer, brewed for the occasion by Alan Hunter.



Cheers,
Bob
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