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    RIP Paul Poberezny

    Patty Wagstaff posts that Paul passed away today.
    Grass roots aviation pioneer.

    Fair skies and tailwinds!
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    He was a pioneer and closely tied with EAA, as well as the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.

    Condolences to his family.
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    Tonight,,, I'll Have a Little Shot of "Smoke Oil",,, Just One More Paul...

    Aloha,,,

    Great human being, Paul build the EAA for all intents
    and purposes, single handedly.... I got to spend
    some time with "Big Paulie",,, what a visionary...
    He started the EAA in his garage, building some
    little experimental airplane, this was while he was
    still in the United States Air Force,,, humble
    beginnings...

    Like a lot of pilots of this era, this "Cat" could party,,,
    and party hardy... You better be ready for, "Just
    One More,,, Just One"... Hoover, and Yeager,,,
    same,,, same... So much for a "Teatotaler's
    Existence",,, and long life,,,

    My Thoughts and Prayers go out to his family,
    friends, Tommy, and all my fellow EAA members...
    Jimmy Leeward and "Big Paulie",,, were like
    "ham and eggs"... Thru Paul,,, Jimmy flew
    almost every flying example,,, in the EAA
    Museum inventory... Including the North
    American XP-51 Prototype, one of the first
    4 Mustangs built... NX51NA That's how much
    Paulie thought of Jimmy,,, and his flying ability...
    Me Too,,, Jimmy was a great "Stick and Rudder"
    man...

    Jimmy said this was one of the best flying
    Mustangs, he ever flew... Second best,,, was
    the airplane, he was killed in...

    As I Like To Remember Him,,, Forever Young...

    "Big Paulie" in Paul I,,, Painted Up Like Louie IV







    XP-51 Prototype, NX51NA...
    Last edited by BigWheelHawaii; 08-22-2013 at 05:40 PM.
    Yes,,, Yes,,, Tony,,,

    Your Grandfather was a friend of Roger Penske,,,

    Your Grandfather did business with Roger Penske,,, but

    Your Grandfather never trusted Roger Penske,,,

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    OT but for those of us in aviation, EAA founder Paul Poberezny passes age 91

    As much as I love auto racing there is nothing like seeing a row of P-51 Mustangs with a couple of them starting up right in front of you or taking off in the distance in late July. If you've never been to Oshkosh for the airshow, you don't know what you are missing. Thank you Paul for all that you have done for aviation and aviation history.

    http://www.sheboyganpress.com/articl...erezny-dead-91

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    Sad news indeed. Been in oshkosh twice and it is an unforgetable experience. Thanks for all and godspeed to you, Paul.

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    That wing of the museum is my favorite. I have spent hours in there.
    I love the 1940's ready room and the letters home from the guys overseas.

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    Need to make it to Oshkosh one of these years. An internship is what blocked me this year.
    From a couch in North Dakota

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    Couple of posts at the OT forum too.

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    Read his obit in The Chicago Sun-Times. He said he considered himself a millionaire, because of aviation, he made a million friends.

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    I was going to college at UW Oshkosh when the EAA moved its main event from Rockford to Oshkosh, It got me interested in flying and I got my Private Pilot License, somewhat indirectly because of Paul Poberezny. RIP
    Open the pod bay doors, HAL

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