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Old 01-29-2009, 11:18 PM   #11
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I'm feeling pretty choked up right now. Great story...and you are a great man to honor it and him in such a way.

And we WILL see you in his plane someday!!!

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Old 01-30-2009, 12:13 AM   #12
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It could take me 30 years to find/acquire his aircraft... but I want to bring it back to our family before I die. He worked very hard, harder than I ever will, to realize his dream of flight while working in the soybean fields back in MI.

My grandmother used to tell me how my grandfather would see the military pilots practicing, doing maneuvers out over the farmland and tell her "someday that will be me". She just shrugged it off... silly farmer with a silly dream. He made it happen, and when he finally found his dream plane he flew out west to look it over, my grandmother did not accompany him, she ran the farm while he was gone. He called her crying because it was everything that he wanted, but he did not know what to do, because she was not there to help him make such a big decision. She simply told him to buy it, to bring it home to the farm. And he did... that is the plane that he took me up in, the plane that gave me the bug.

Id do anything to get that back.

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Old 01-30-2009, 12:32 AM   #13
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That is really a sweet thing someone did for you. I had a similar feeling when I got back my grandpa's WWII Army jackets from my ex. I learned a bit about him from the battle patches from his jackets..

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Old 01-30-2009, 12:35 AM   #14
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Totally awesome. Can't think of a better way to remember a great man.

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Old 01-30-2009, 12:40 AM   #15
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Thanks for sharing in this with me guys. I really wish that I had known him better, longer, in person. Much of what I remember is standing by his bedside as he died from bone marrow cancer... it is nice to still hear some stories about him and to be able to posess some of his things.

I am a very nostalgic sort of person... this caps off one of he most amazing weeks I have had in a very long time. This was a much better surprise than getting my food sealer.

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That's fantastic that it ended up in your hands. Good luck on your search for the plane. Thank You for sharing with us.

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Thanks for sharing in this with me guys. I really wish that I had known him better, longer, in person. Much of what I remember is standing by his bedside as he died from bone marrow cancer... it is nice to still hear some stories about him and to be able to posess some of his things.

I am a very nostalgic sort of person... this caps off one of he most amazing weeks I have had in a very long time. This was a much better surprise than getting my food sealer.
Do you know the call letters of the plane. I'm always checking out used plane sites. That's a nice plane he had.
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:42 AM   #18
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The registration number? Here they are.

He had a G35 that was N4228D
He had a V35A that was N6218V

The last aircraft was sold to a man in California back in the late 80's, that is all that I know.

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I FOUND THE PLANE AND OWNER!!!

It is still in California... the guy flew it 12 days ago! He filed an instrument flight plan in California 12 days ago and flew it! N6218V is still out there! I have his name and his whereabouts. How the hell do I contact this guy without sounding like a head case... to let him know that if that plane is EVER sold, I want the first and last bid??

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I FOUND THE PLANE AND OWNER!!!

It is still in California... the guy flew it 12 days ago! He filed an instrument flight plan in California 12 days ago and flew it! N6218V is still out there! I have his name and his whereabouts. How the hell do I contact this guy without sounding like a head case... to let him know that if that plane is EVER sold, I want the first and last bid??
WOW.

So you have the pilots contact info?????

Just be honest, and open and tell the guy your story. It seems like you air jockeys are a nostalgic lot, and even us land lubbers are moved by your story...just send him a letter or email saying.."you don't know me, BUT..."

If you need help tweaking the letter after you write it, pm me, and I'd be glad to help.

Hey do you have any pics of your gramps and the planes?
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