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When our heroes die…..


I was afraid this would happen when I reported of the missing aircraft (Cessna 180) of Sparky Imeson yesterday. Search crews found the wreckage of it and Sparky died in the crash. So really really sad.First of all my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sparky. It is always sad when someone dies, even more when it is one of our pilot friends, even when he's doing what he loves best: flying!

Sparky was an icon to the mountain flyers, writing some 19 books on the subject of flying and flying in the hazardous mountain worlds that many of us love so much.

I learned a ton from his books and had some email exchanges with Sparky a few years ago. His personally signed book on taildraggers will now get a special honorary place on my aviation bookshelf..... but that won't bring us Sparky back.

If you believe in reincarnation, I am certain he'll return as an American Eagle !
Rest in peace my friend.

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One Response to “When our heroes die…..”

  1. Angelo Mancini Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Sparky put a lot of entries in my logbook. In the early 70's he trained me through my Commercial, plus several hours of aerobatics. Working on my inst. rating we took his brand new turbo 210 "Emergency Mike" (N1215M)on a two-week IFR training flt from JAC all the way to Prudoe Bay, Ft. Yukon, Watson Lake, Yellowknife, Ft McMurray etc etc, an unbelievably great two weeks. wonderful memories, and a dreadful loss of not only a superb pilot but a dear friend and wonderful, happy man.

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