First guy to fly twice the speed of sound, dies at age 84 flying his own plane?
Sad? Hardly. My hat's off to him. Dying at age 84 doing what you love doing best is certainly the way I'd like to leave this Earth...reminds me of a guy that used to be a director of a former employer of mine.
He played a nice 18 hole round of golf, polished off a nice steak dinner, and after dessert got up to make a speech to the board of directors and promptly dropped dead of a heart attack. Quick and relatively painless, and at age 86. He loved golf and lived his life up to the very last minute.
84 is a nice innings in anyone's book. It's sad that we must all pass on some day, but if you can, might as well die of a ripe old age doing what you love best, than wasting away in a nursing home.
Great pilot, will be sorely missed, I expect he's soaring the heavens higher than ever before now.