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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:1706] Randy Gagne's Memorial


Thread: [IAC-L:1706] Randy Gagne's Memorial

Message: [IAC-L:1706] Randy Gagne's Memorial

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From: Atcsandra at

Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 15:06:12 UTC


 For those of you who were unable to make it to the memorial on Saturday,
here's how it went.

We had a great turnout. About 300 people. The weather was clear, although
hot, dry,  and windy. I'd guess the temperature was in the high 90's. It was
a challenge for the organizers to keep up with the demand for beverages.

The "formal" part started with flybys at Noon. There were several Pitts, a
Yak-55, a T-34, several T-6's, a King Air, a Learjet, and a Christen Eagle.
We even had a P-40 and an F8F Bearcat from the Chino Air Museum to come over
and do flybys! The P-40 was Randy's favorite airplane. The last flyby, of
course, was a missing man formation with Randy's Pitts as the missing man. As
the Pitts climbed away from the formation, we all released balloons (the
small birthday party kind). This was in honor of Randy's favorite pastime of
balloon popping. If he saw a balloon while he was out flying, he'd dive down
and try to pop it. His kill total was up to almost 500! After that, a sky
writer drew a broken heart with a broken ring around it. 

After the heart, we adjourned inside the hangar and, one after another,
people came up to the podium to share their rememberances of Randy. Most of
the stories were funny. Randy was always the life of the party and a real
troublemaker. Everybody, including Sheree, was laughing, which was exactly
what Sheree wanted. That part went on for about three hours. After that,
there was one last flight of the Pitts just before sunset. Pilot Edan Shalev
was unexpectedly joined by one of the T-6 pilots.

All in all, it was a quite appropriate send off for Randy. Everything went
well, and Sheree was happy. A big thank you to those of you who made the trek
out west. If you sent me a message for Sheree, by phone or e-mail, I gave it
to her Saturday. She'll be reading them when she gets a chance to sit down
and take a breath.

Sandra Bullock
Los Angeles Aerobatic Club


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