VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

-POSTING RULES
-Advertise in here!
- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Keep VAF Going
Donate methods

Point your
camera app here
to donate fast.

  #1  
Old 04-15-2018, 04:01 PM
LettersFromFlyoverCountry's Avatar
LettersFromFlyoverCountry LettersFromFlyoverCountry is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: St. Paul, MN.
Posts: 4,834
Default Tom Irlbeck

Famed RV-8 pilot Tom Irlbeck was killed in an accident in Florida today.

Tom is near the top of the list of a who's who of RV builders and pilots.

http://www.mnwing.org/completed-rvs/tom-irlbeck/
__________________
Bob Collins
St. Paul, MN.
Blog: Letters From Flyover Country
Beginning RV-12iS avionics
N612EF Builder log (EAA Builder log)
Last article: "Gonna Finish This Sucker" (Kitplanes)

Last edited by LettersFromFlyoverCountry : 04-15-2018 at 04:06 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-15-2018, 07:51 PM
Neal Trombley Neal Trombley is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: North Fort Myers
Posts: 247
Default

Tom was a huge part of our EAA66 at page in ft Myers
He was more than a mentor.
In my two short years knowing Mr Irlbeck he was always available and made time for who needed his advice. The young eagles he flew always had that RV Grin always.

The RV world lost an all star.

My prayers are to his family

__________________
Neal Trombley
SW Florida
EAA 66
N517NC ( reserved)
Dues Paid
NOV 2016
July 2017
Dec 2017

Last edited by Neal Trombley : 04-17-2018 at 07:38 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-15-2018, 08:23 PM
AlexPeterson's Avatar
AlexPeterson AlexPeterson is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Ottertail, MN
Posts: 2,510
Default

This is a very difficult day. Tom was a flying mentor and a good friend, having transition trained me in RV's almost 17 years ago, as well as having made the first flight in my plane.

A very short flying background on Tom. He joined the Navy during the Vietnam era, and flew just short of 200 combat missions (IIRC) in F4's from carriers. After his tours in VN, he was selected to be in the first group of Top Gun instructors when that school was formed. He flew for the airlines after leaving the Navy, retiring from Northwest in about the late 1990's. He built his RV8 and finished it in 2000. I believe he put about 2000 hours on it, flying it back and forth to FL from WI every winter/summer since then. A couple years ago, he acquired one of the few ratings he never had, his glider instructor certificate. He became very involved in glider clubs both in Florida and Wisconsin. I recall he had logged more than 25,000 flight hours.

I don't know how many first flights he made for builders of RV's, but quite some time ago he told me it was over 40.

As facts become known, they surely will be posted here, but Tom's last flight was in a glider.

Please keep his wife Katy, as well as their two sons and their families in your prayers.
__________________
Alex Peterson
RV6A N66AP 1750+ hours
KADC, Wadena, MN

Last edited by AlexPeterson : 04-15-2018 at 08:33 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-17-2018, 12:02 PM
dougweil's Avatar
dougweil dougweil is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Hudson, WI
Posts: 267
Default

Hello all,

I?d like to add my comments to the passing of Tom Irlbeck. He was one of the mainstays of the Twin Cities RV Builders group. I had known Tom for over 25 years. I gave him his BFRs for the last 10 years or so. A great friend and a great aviator. Here my thoughts on our club website:

http://www.mnwing.org
__________________
Doug Weiler

Hudson, WI
president, Twin Cities RV Builders Group
RV-4, sold
RV-7 completed and flying N722DW, 930 hours
Based Lake Elmo, MN (21D)
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-17-2018, 12:38 PM
Bob Martin's Avatar
Bob Martin Bob Martin is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Posts: 1,298
Default Thanks

Thanks Bob and Doug.......for the links..
I enjoyed the reading.....
RIP Tom...Blue Skys
__________________
Bob Martin
RV-6, 0-360 Hartzell C/S, Tip up, 1200+TT
James extended cowl/plenum, induction, -8VS and Rudder. TSFlightline hoses. Oregon Aero leather seats.
D100-KMD150-660-TT ADI2- AS air/oil seperator. Vetterman exhaust with turndown tips.
Louisa, Virginia KLKU N94TB
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-18-2018, 06:12 AM
petehowell's Avatar
petehowell petehowell is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: MN
Posts: 2,304
Default I used to.........

As others have said, Tom was quite a guy, friendly, approachable, yet larger than life in the best possible way.

Tom gave my wife her first ride in his Blue RV-8 "Bear" where she had such a good time in his plane, but more so with him, that she was grins all weekend! I sent his name in to Van's as the person who referred me so he could get as he called it, "Beer Money"

My favorite Tom story was from a trip the Twin Cities group took up to Superior, WI for breakfast. One of us would give a position report over a little town on the way up, and no matter what the town, with perfect timing, Tom would chime in with, "I used to know a girl in that town". We'd all laugh, and just knew, Tom was always a true Naval Aviator.

He was the best, and we will all miss him.
__________________
Cheers,
Pete

Amateur Plane - RV-9A N789PH - 2500+ Hrs
Amateur Radio - KD0CVN
Doggies Delivered - 25+
St. Paul, MN

Last edited by petehowell : 04-18-2018 at 03:04 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-18-2018, 10:58 AM
rv7boy's Avatar
rv7boy rv7boy is offline
Forum Peruser
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Austinville, Alabama
Posts: 2,501
Default Tom Irlbeck's article

Quote:
Originally Posted by dougweil View Post
Hello all,

I?d like to add my comments to the passing of Tom Irlbeck. He was one of the mainstays of the Twin Cities RV Builders group. I had known Tom for over 25 years. I gave him his BFRs for the last 10 years or so. A great friend and a great aviator. Here my thoughts on our club website:

http://www.mnwing.org
And I'll add the link provided by Doug on his site. This is an article written by Tom Irlbeck several years ago. I never met him, but his words are worthy of our attention. I encourage you to read this.
__________________
Don Hull
RV-7 Wings
KDCU Pryor Field
Pilots'n Paws Pilot
N79599/ADS-B In and Out...and I like it!

?Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights;
it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." Miriam Beard
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-18-2018, 02:26 PM
AlexPeterson's Avatar
AlexPeterson AlexPeterson is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Ottertail, MN
Posts: 2,510
Default

Here's a picture of Tom in "Bear" way back in 2001. He's the only person I'd ever let fly anywhere near that close to me!

__________________
Alex Peterson
RV6A N66AP 1750+ hours
KADC, Wadena, MN
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-19-2018, 06:50 AM
butch butch is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Hutchinson, MN
Posts: 278
Default Bear

Tom and RV-8 ?Bear? will remain in our hearts and be sorely missed.

My prayers to the family.

Butch
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-19-2018, 11:23 AM
Stitch462's Avatar
Stitch462 Stitch462 is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mead, WA
Posts: 235
Default

Nickel in the grass brother...

Thoughts and prayers for the family.
__________________
Stitch
MSgt, USAF, Ret.
RV-8 Dreamer
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:21 AM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.