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From: "Michael R. Heuer" <70263.1676 at CompuServe.COM>

Date: Wed, 17 Apr 1996 20:00:38 UTC


  Dear IAC'ers,

You have all received word already on the death of Charlie Hillard yesterday at
the Sun 'n Fun airshow in Lakeland, Florida.  The information we have is exactly
what has already been distributed.  Apparently, a brake locked up on landing and
the airplane ended up on its back and since it offers little or no rollover
protection, Charlie was fatally injured.

For those of you who were friends of Charlie, I thought you would like to know
of the arrangements for his funeral:

Visitation will be on Sunday, April 21st, at 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Harveson &
Cole Funeral Home, 702 8th Avenue, Ft. Worth, TX.  (817) 336-0345.  Friends are
invited to meet with the family after 4:00 pm at the Hillard Auto Park, 5000
Bryant Irvin, Ft. Worth, TX.

The funeral service will be on Monday, April 22nd, at 11:00 am at the First
Methodist United Church in Ft. Worth.  

Memorials for Charlie can be made to:

Aviation Heritage Museum, P. O. Box 821, Ft. Worth, TX 76101
EAA Aviation Foundation, P. O. Box 3065, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3065

Lodging for out-of-town friends can be made at:

Marriott Courtyard, 3150 Riverfront Drive, (817) 335-1300.
Residence Inn, University Drive, (817) 870-1011.

I know everyone will have their own stories and memories of Charlie.  Dad and I
were very proud when Charlie bought our Pitts S-1S, N442X, from us in the winter
of 1971 and went on to win the World Championships in Salon de Provence, France
in 1972.  Being the gentleman he was, he remembered to send Dad a telegram from
France letting him know about it and thanking him for building a great airplane.
That airplane now rests in the EAA Museum.

He was one of the greatest aerobatic pilots this world has ever produced.

Mike Heuer
President of CIVA


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