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Case 93    Friday 12 Sep 2014 by David Lively
I had the unfortunate luck to work for Don Davis at Rocky Mountain Aviation in Casper for the spring and summer of '82. We were sometimes called over to help with the war planes. HABU was given clipped wing tips, fenced ailerons, strakes on the cooler inlet and outlet, days spent rigging the tail wheel doors, a much smaller canopy, and nitrous and water injection on what I seem to remember was a Griffon engine
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Case 17    Thursday 21 Aug 2014 by Neil Burroughs
I took my private pilot's license through AFROTC at Iowa City in 1972. Tangerine was in a hangar there at the time. It's the only Mustang I've ever seen close up. Some of the information above is news to me, although I do remember reading about the crash that destroyed it at the time. I seem to recall Dr. Byrum's obit as well, but I couldn't recall his name 42 years later.
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Case 101    Tuesday 19 Aug 2014 by Fred Hogan
Actually Bill Hogan and Coutches never exchanged the actual airplanes or pieces and parts. However, they did exchange paperwork so as to get them registered through the Faa. These airplanes were still classified back then. The one in California was not in procession of the Hogans and they were restored independently. Bill Hogan's airshows with the 51 were the best, better than Hoover's. 500 mph at 20 ft off the deck is pretty exciting, especially when you're in it.
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Case 152    Sunday 17 Aug 2014 by Yolanda Garcia
Mr. Gay,

Let me tell you that I am shocked and sad to learn about Mrs. Marie's tragic death. Last thing I heard was that she remarried. I was also going to asked about Lisa, but now I know and just hopeful that she is ok. If you learn anything else about William jr. please keep me posted.

I appreciate all your information.

Regards,

Yolanda
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Case 152    Friday 15 Aug 2014 by Ben Gay III
Yolanda -
I remember you!
Sorry to tell you this, but Marie was killed in an accident on the San Rafael/Richmond Bridge several years ago.
Lisa is protected by/living with a Catholic organization in Washington or Oregon.
Will Jr. (aka "William Penn Patrick III" in the music business) was playing/working in the Bay Area the last I heard. I talked with his son (WPP's "grandson") a few times a couple of years ago.
Seems that, except for the lessons and memories we learned and created together, the Patrick family's part of that era is all but "gone with the wind."
Hope that helps you fill in some of the blanks!
All the best!
Ben Gay III
The Closers
WWW.BFG3.COM
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Case 152    Friday 15 Aug 2014 by Yolanda Garcia
Hi Mr. Gay: I worked for Mr. Willian and Mrs. Marie Patrick for 5 years babysitting William P. Jr. I lived with them in their home located in Tiburon, CA. I remember them dearly and I have so many wonderful memories. I remember like it was yesterday when I left, two weeks before the tragedy, Mr. Patrick contacted me to make sure everything was going ok with my school since I was very young at that time, he was a kindhearted man. I lost contact with Mrs. Patrick in 1977 after my wedding, she was actually my maid of honour! I am deeply happy to read all these posts and to finally find someone who was close to the Patrick's family. Do you know anything about Mrs. Patrick?? or William P. jr?? I would love to get in touch with them.
I appreciate your help and communication with me.

Sincerely,

I. Yolanda Garcia
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Case 152    Saturday 09 Aug 2014 by Ben Gay III
Kathy -

Although we also communicated privately via email, I just read this post and realized you might've been writing in the past tense. Is Gene still among us?

All the best!
Ben Gay III
The Closers
WWW.BFG3.COM
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Case 152    Wednesday 06 Aug 2014 by Kathy Remati
Mr Gay,

Do you remember Mr Gene Hoffman from Cleveland? Did he leave the country to escape legal action against the pyramid scheme? i am his step daughter and was researching a few things that were kept from me as a child. Would love your help.

Thank you,
Kathy
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Case 86    Tuesday 29 Jul 2014 by John Eertwegh
I have been attending the air races now for about 20 years as a vendor. I was about 100 yards from the impact of the crash of the Ghost. I saw the plane go over the stands followed by a shower of parts. When RARA let us back in a few days later to remove our merchandise I found several pieces of box seat chairs and a chunk of the aircraft. I never knew it had such a history.
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Case 17    Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 by Caroll Daringer
Doc was a friend , also my flight dr. I road many times in the back seat of that p-51. Once flying out of Des Moines with a dentist, the engine twisted therop shaft. engine quit, 3000 ft, Dentist jumped Doc road her down. It was just after dark. not hurt