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Old 07-17-2017, 12:23 AM   #1
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Default Baby Duck P51 fatal crash today

Last week i was working on our acro 2 when i heard a P51 break overhead and land.
It turned out to be Vlado Lenoch and i got a photo of him sitting in it after shutdown.
He and a passenger were killed this morning in Kansas.
PS; Vlado was an early Pitts S1T builder.


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Old 07-17-2017, 01:11 AM   #2
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According to the Atchison County Sheriff's Office, Vlado Lenoch, 64, was the pilot of the plane. Lenoch was of Buff Ridge, IL. The passenger was 34-year-old Bethany Root, 34 of Atchison.

The Highway Patrol has confirmed that she is the manager of the Amelia Earhart airport in Atchison.

The plane was part of events that happened Saturday in Atchison as part of The Amelia Earhart Festival, according to Highway Patrol.

The Atchison County Sheriff's Office says they believe the plane that crashed was a P-51 Mustang named "Baby Duck." According to the Warbird Heritage Foundation Database, it flew during WWII and has been used as a stunt plane since 2012.
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I'm was to sad to hear about this.

I first met Vlado while working airshows back in 1991. Vlado was such a kind and amazing person. He took me up in his P-51 Moonbeam McSwine for the thrill of a lifetime doing high speed passes at Kenosha, WI.

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Vlado was the greatest guy... Always smiling and willing to take time to talk to anyone..
Probably one of the most experienced p51 pilots in the world... He always flew the heritage flights at osh...
I remember back when I met him in the mid 90s while I worked as a line guy at klot...
Some people in the neighborhood next to the airport had complained about all the noise his low passes made and the airport manager told him to cool it a bit....
On Vlados next flight he called Unicom and asked the manager to stand on the edge of the runway, because he was missing a green gear down light.....
From low behind the trees came the p51 gear up an probably doing 249 knots on the deck as he did so well...my boss dropped to his knees...
We laughed about that for years.....

Such a sad day for me...
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Ugh.

What a guy...I was just reading about him last week. Ran into him at Oshkosh in 2016 but unfortunately didn't say anything as he was busy.

RIP. It will always baffle me how this happens to even the best pilots...maybe flying is something of a crapshoot no matter who you are?
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Any news at all on this? Not much left of the plane. Was this a recent restoration ? Not up to speed on the plane. Heard of the pilot, not sure what he did normally but he's been flying warbirds in airshows as long as I can remember. I always thought how unique his name was (coming from a Oklahoma guy here).

Prayers to his friends and family and to his passengers friends and family. She seemed like a real fine lady...we lost two remarkable aviators.
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Pretty damn sad.

For those that haven't been to Kathryn's Report
http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2017/0...ng-n251pw.html
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Was this a recent restoration ?
It had been flying since 2012. The owners (Warbird Heritage Foundation) seemed to be putting plenty of hours on it.
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There doesn't appear to be any indication of fire. Can anything be gleaned from the prop damage (or lack of)?
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Not too interested in starting up a speculation train, but a straight prop typically indicates engine stoppage.
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What a shame. Two beautiful people. I hate it. Be careful out there.

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We do this.
The risk is there every time we strap in.
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Flying is using the laws of science to defy the laws of nature.
But you can never defeat the laws of physics.
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I got to know Vlado over the last few years that I've been working on my project at Lewis.. It was always a highlight of a days work in the hangar to hear him break overhead with his Mustang, and I could truck around to the runway side of our row to watch him execute a picture perfect wheel-landing on Runway 27. He was truly an ambassador to the warbird community, and aviation as a whole. I happened to be out at the hangar one day with my kids, and noticed a different Mustang in front of his hangar, so we rode on over and hung out for a while talking with him and checking out the freshly restored Mustang he was getting ready to ferry for the new owner. I've kept a copy of this one framed on my dresser for quite a while now.
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You look good up there. Just sitting in one is a trip. I was flying the Bird Dog over Elkton, Md. 40+ years ago and saw a 51 sitting in front of a hangar with engine running so I landed and checked it out. Mechanic was doing an annual and was adjusting the carb. Asked me to get in the drivers seat with it running to help him adjust it. What a joy. Just reading the placards make you realize it is in a different league......

Too often we say something like, at least they died doing what they loved and it's true.........but it still hurts. I feel hurt and didn't know them, I can only imagine the hurt to those who did.

I lost one of my best friends and mentor back in 1989. He died in his S2B in a airshow. Couldn't believe it. Jack was the conservative guy who was always cautioning his fellows when they did something more dangerous than they should. I still feel a loss. He was only 60. Jack Poage my mentor and friend. May they all RIP

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