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Love blooms at the airshow

When you get into aviation, it creeps into your blood and every part of you is somehow influenced by it. If you’ve ever spelled your name for a restaurant reservation using the phonetic alphabet, you know what I mean.

That constant, lingering aroma of freshly-cut grass and 100LL avgas even runs to really important events. You might think that airshow pilot who also flies the mighty KC-135R Stratotanker for the US Air Force Reserve and Embraer 145 passenger jets would have plenty on his mind in the sky already. But Saturday, June 6, he had another important mission.

After completing his aerobatic routine in the Pitts S-2C, he made a pass down the show line at low altitude and announcer Rob Reider put his radio on the airshow’s public address system. As he shot down the line, he keyed the mic and made a very important request for clearance: “Haley Norwood, will you marry me?”

Haley on the stand

Haley, who is also the public relations director for Grayout Aerosports (the company that owns and operates the Pitts) was standing on the announcer’s stand at the time and made pretty short work of saying “yes” on the frequency.

After landing, shutting down, and handing the aircraft over to his ground crew, Billy ran to the announcer’s stand and, just to make it official, got down on one knee, repeated the proposal, and delivered the ring.

It just goes to show that there’s all kinds of magic to be found at your local airshow. And that the bonds that we form in aviation come in all kinds, too. Congratulations, Billy and Haley!

7 Responses to “Love blooms at the airshow”

  1. Hearing stories like this really emphasize the romance, thrill, and social aspect of aviation. Thanks for the story. I really appreciate it!

    -Evan Krueger

  2. Thanks to everyone that helped make Billy and I's engagement a memory of a lifetime! Rob Reider deserves huge thanks for making everything happen!

  3. Nancy and Don Lueptow Says:
    June 16th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Best of luck to both Bill and Haley!!!! Warmed
    my heart and gave us "goosebumps" reading the story!!! Congratulations!!!! Love, Uncle Don and
    Aunt Nancy (Beer Country USA - Wisconsin)

  4. Barbara Lyons Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    You guys were made for eachother! I'll never forget that airshow as long as I live. I already loved aviation, but that topped everything! Made me laugh and cry at the same time. Just wondering.....what altitude will the wedding take place?
    Congrats, you two!

  5. Rena and Randy Vegely Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Hey Billy and Haley... Congrats guys!!! Wish we could have been there. Can't wait to meet you Haley :)

  6. Aerobatic flyin' is fun! A great cardiovascular exercise!

    Hook, hook, hook!

    Hey, look... where... there's Rob Reider!

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    I really appreciate people like you! Take care!!

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