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Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:37 am

Jim LeRoy, the surviving pilot of the performers once known as the Masters of Disaster, died today after a crash at the Vectren Dayton Airshow. Word is that he was performing a loop and hit the runway at the bottom of the loop. The plane slid and burst into flames. He died on the trip to Miami Valley Hospital.

I've seen LeRoy perform many times, solo and as part of the Masters of Disaster, and he was an excellent performer. His teammates Bobby Younkin and Jimmy Franklin were killed in a collision in 2005. Afterwards, the X-Team was reformed with new pilots, and it is sure to be hard for those families involved. News of this crash comes on the same day as two P-51s clipped in OSH, killing one. May all rest peacefully, and know that they won't soon be forgotten.


http://www.daytondailynews.com/e/con.../2007/07/28/ddn072807crashweb.html
 
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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:39 am

Wow, that's sad news. I saw him perform at the Al Ain Show in January this year.
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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:02 am

It's been all over the local news here. Came out of his loop and din't have enough altitude and just flew into the ground. Godspeed to him and his family....
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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:12 am

Wow, this is really surprising.

I've seen him a few times here at the Muskegon Air Fair ... always an excellent show.

We've lost another one of the airshow industry's top performers. Very sad.
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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:36 am

From: http://www.daytondailynews.com/e/con.../2007/07/28/ddn072807crashweb.html

"The crowd fell silent. The announcer asked the crowd to turn in any video that may have recorded the crash to make it available for an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board."

Too late:

WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=16b_1185663103

PHOTOS :
http://www.daytondailynews.com/p/con...s/news/local/2007airshowcrash.html

[Edited 2007-07-29 01:39:09]
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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:25 am

 
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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:29 am

Jim was a very good friend of mine and it hurts to have lost a friend, but knowing he died doing what he loved is some sort of comfort. As far as the video is concerned, I am very glad it does not show the actual crash but the pictures I have seen are truly heartbreaking. I was originally supposed to go to DAY for the airshow but had to back out because I could not afford it.
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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:24 am

I'll be interested to see if any mention of fire response is mentioned when they sort this out. I was at the show and witnessed it today. The plane did not burst into flames, I realize your perception of time can be altered when witnessing a traumatic event but it looked like it hit, sat there. Started to smoke then started to go up in flames. Really felt like 3-5 minutes for the trucks to arrive and once they got there it took about 10 seconds to put it out.
 
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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:57 am

I was there, working at a booth close to the flight line. I was turned around talking to a visitor when the plane impacted, but just being there during that was an awful feeling...I never want to experience anything like that again.

Quoting N1641 (Reply 7):
I'll be interested to see if any mention of fire response is mentioned when they sort this out. I was at the show and witnessed it today. The plane did not burst into flames, I realize your perception of time can be altered when witnessing a traumatic event but it looked like it hit, sat there. Started to smoke then started to go up in flames. Really felt like 3-5 minutes for the trucks to arrive and once they got there it took about 10 seconds to put it out.

No, you're exactly right. That's what baffled me. There was no audible "thud" (from where I was, in front of the DL 757) & the smoke started to rise at least 30-45 seconds after the plane went down.
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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Sun Jul 29, 2007 12:32 pm

I've witnessed a plane crash before, but this one kinda hits home...

I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Leroy in Pittsburgh when he was stopping over for some fuel. Got to see his plane and talk to him. And I remember quite well, that he was very encouraging to talk to...and told me to go for my dreams...

The Guy was extremely talented and had quite a number of ratings and was an awesome pilot.

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Condolences to the Family of this incredible pilot.



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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:17 pm

A sad day as always when a person loses his/her life doing something that they love.

My heartfelt condolences to family and friends of this remarkable pilot.

And to all those who have lost their lives in the last couple of airshows recently.

May you all Rest In Peace and enjoy your time, still, amongst the clouds!
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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:14 pm

Quoting N1641 (Reply 7):
Jim was a very good friend of mine and it hurts to have lost a friend, but knowing he died doing what he loved is some sort of comfort. As far as the video is concerned, I am very glad it does not show the actual crash but the pictures I have seen are truly heartbreaking. I was originally supposed to go to DAY for the airshow but had to back out because I could not afford it.

There's decent footage of the crash...each of the three local news stations were playing it over and over. Came out of his loop and just went right into the ground and slid 300 yards. Not sure what in the world happened. I deliver everyday to the hospital where he was airlifted too...

Condolensces to his family...
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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:15 pm

I was at the show and unfortunately saw the crash. A sad end to a great day of aviation. He simply came out of the loop too low. The crash is under investigation.
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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:46 am

RIP Jim. I'll miss your frequent stops at Finleyville and the many conversations we have had. I will miss you good buddy and am glad to know you are with Jesus now. Keep the blue side up my friend, my prayers go out to your wife and family. God bless bulldog.



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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:16 am

I flew over DAY a few hours before and ceilings were very low and visibility was terrible. They were projected to improve during the day, however I can't help but wonder if visibility played a roll in this?

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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:52 am

I had the opportunity to meet Jim for the first time this summer at the Quad City Air Show. Great guy, and a great performer. Ironically enough, I flew into Dubuque (where I go to school) a few weeks ago, and the airshow performers had just arrived. One of the performers was Mike Wiskus, who was at the QCAS as well, and I talked to him briefly and told him I had seen him back home in the QC. He said how much fun he had, etc and then he commented on how good and crazy Jim's performances are. We talked about that for a while and about flying, etc. It gives me an empty feeling now that I know I'll never see him perform again. He was always one of the staples here at the Air Show, and now he's gone. It makes me realize how quickly life can come to an end. Jim was a great man and a great performer and I will miss him dearly.
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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:46 am

Quoting Skibum9 (Reply 14):
They were projected to improve during the day, however I can't help but wonder if visibility played a roll in this?

Ceilings improved quickly shortly after the crash. As one of my instructors said today, had they been able to wait 20 or 30 minutes, it may not have happened, as they would've had higher ceilings.
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RE: Jim LeRoy Dies In Airshow Crash

Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:45 am

May he RIP. I never got to see him perform but have watched youtube videos posted by people on here.

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