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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:592] Leo Loudenslager Final Update


Thread: [IAC-L:592] Leo Loudenslager Final Update

Message: [IAC-L:592] Leo Loudenslager Final Update

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From: Larry Lowe <webmaster at>

Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 01:29:32 UTC


 This is the latest posting at the Bud Light Air Force website:

Monday 7/28/97 

Leo Loudenslager died at approximately 3:45 PM local time from injuries
sustained in a motorcycle accident on June 24.

The Loudenslager family would like to thank Leo's many fans around the
world for their outpouring of support during Leo's illness.

At this time, however, it is important for the family to have  private
time to make arrangements in the wake of Leo's loss.

We ask everyone to respect the wishes of the family and not to call, fax
or email Looperville looking for further information.

Any further information will be made available [at the website] when it
is appropriate.

The [BLAF] website joins the aerobatic and aviation community in
mourning Leo Loudenslager's tragic loss at too early an age.


In the unlikely event any one on the list is unfamiliar, Leo, along with
Charlie Hilliard and Henry Haigh, was one of only three Americans ever
to hold the title of World Aerobatic Champion.  In the late 70's Leo
introduced the mid-wing monoplane into the American aerobatic
vernacular, which until that point had been dominated by the Pitts
Special.  Leo began with the Stevens Acro design, but rebuilt and
redesigned it to the point it was virtually a new airplane, which he
called the Laser.

Leo won the World Championship title in 1980 at Oshkosh.  He retired
from competition and had a long career as an airshow pilot.  

In recent years, Leo was working on yet another aircraft design for
aerobatics which would have been test flown by now had the accident not

He will be sorely missed.

Once again, please honor the family's wishes and do not call or fax
Looperville for more information.  Such information as the family wants
released will appear at the website in due course.


Larry Lowe
webmaster at

Bud Light Air Force


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