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Old 10-29-2013, 07:38 PM
RobinHou RobinHou is offline
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Default Bob Axsom, Gone West, 29 October, 2013

I am sorry to report that I just received the following email from Mike Thompson of Sport Air Racing League:


I am sad to inform you all that Bob Axsom, Race 71 was found dead in his home in Farmington, AR this morning.

I received an email from his friend Charlie Heathco, and we then talked on the phone.

Charlie was checking on Bob after having not heard from him and not having his calls answered... and a neighbor told him the news.

The authorities in his home town are trying to contact a son Bob had from a previous marriage.

Bob was an inspiration us all, and to many RV builders and pilots who do not race. He was constantly chasing perfection, even as it bobbed and weaved elusively - but that didn't stop his pursuit.

Bob was to be inducted into the Sport Air Racing Hall Of Fame at the Rocket Race for this very reason, among others.

He gave race briefers fits, but only as part of the chase.

Bob was a reclusive fellow - but I still counted him a friend, and will miss him.

Bob Axsom, Gone West, 29 October, 2013.

- Mike
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:49 PM
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Wow... was not expecting this news. RIP Bob.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:50 PM
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What sad news! I will miss Bob's posts and wisdom. RIP.
David Maib
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:54 PM
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I am really sad to hear this. What a loss of such a great person who loved & lived flying. I met Bob for the first time last May at our fly-in & air race.
He will certainly be missed. My sympathy & prayers to his family.
Sam Evans
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:56 PM
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Default Godspeed Bob!

I'll bet I know who you raced off to be with! Man I'll miss your posts.
Joe Schneider
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Flying since 2008
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:56 PM
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The next time you turn on your GPS and see a terrain map....or look at your Synthetic Vision on your fancy EFIS....I want you to think of Bob Axsom. Bob was an important engineer at JPL when they built a radar system called SRTM (Space Radar Topography Mapper). We flew that monster payload on STS-99 and mapped (topographically) all the dirt on the planet between 60 degrees North and 60 degrees south. That data set will serve as the basis for ALL topographic mapping for the next 100 years.

Bob was instrumental to making that work. A racer? Yup - he did that too - but I will be forever grateful for what he did before he retired.

Bob already knows the way to Heaven - he helped map it.

Paul F. Dye
Editor at Large - KITPLANES Magazine
RV-8 - N188PD - "Valkyrie"
RV-6 (By Marriage) - N164MS - "Mikey"
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:59 PM
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Such sad news about Bob. He was one member of this group that I hoped to meet in person one day.
Tom Norwood
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:01 PM
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Default RIP

I will miss his posts and determination.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:02 PM
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We are so sorry to hear of the news. God has lifted your spirit to heaven to spend eternity with the love of your life. We will miss you Bob.
Tom Valenzia
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:04 PM
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wow - bummer - bob was a great fellow.
-kevinh, Track my RV-7A, flying, alas, sold in 2013 after 450ish hours. (I'm now building something different)
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