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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 built 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, while building
    some little experimental airplane... This took place
    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"... That's how I really got to
    know Paul,,, thru Jimmy... Jimmy flew almost every
    flying example,,, in the EAA Museum inventory...
    Including the North American XP-51 Prototype,
    one of the very first Mustangs built... Flying the
    NX51NA,, that shows you how much Paulie
    thought of Jimmy,,, and his flying ability...

    Me Too,,, Jimmy was a great "Stick and Rudder"
    man...

    Jimmy said the NX51NA was one of the best flying
    Mustangs, he ever flew... He also said the second
    best flying Mustang,,, was the airplane, he was
    killed in...

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

    "Big Paulie" in Paul I,,, His P-51 Painted Up Like Louie IV







    XP-51 Prototype, NX51NA...
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeseczar View Post

    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.

    Aloha,,,

    Just reminiscing again,,,, but "Me-Too"... For me,,,
    some of the EAA Museum is "On-Par", or maybe
    done better than the "Smith"... Although the
    Smithsonian does have the "original" airplanes...

    When you can look up and see the "Spirit of St. Louis "
    hanging there on it's way to Paris,,, that's moving...

    A little Charles Augustus Story:

    Not long before "Charlie Deuce" died, and just after
    he was diagnosed with cancer, Charles Lindbergh
    contacted the Smithsonian... He wanted to spend
    some time at the "controls" of the "Spirit", and fly
    the "Spirit" just one more time...


    So they got a cherry picker, hoisted "Charlie Deuce" up,
    and he got in the "Spirit of St Louis"... Then he wouldn't
    come down,,,, he spent 5 or 6 hours in the airplane, just
    reminiscing about the trip, and his life...

    He's buried on Maui, a little church and grave yard south
    of Hana... Hard to find, but worth the effort...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigWheelHawaii View Post
    Aloha,,,

    Just reminiscing again,,,, but "Me-Too"... For me,,,
    some of the EAA Museum is "On-Par", or maybe
    done better than the "Smith"... Although the
    Smithsonian does have the "original" airplanes...

    When you can look up and see the "Spirit of St. Louis "
    hanging there on it's way to Paris,,, that's moving...

    A little Charles Augustus Story:

    Not long before "Charlie Deuce" died, and just after
    he was diagnosed with cancer, Charles Lindbergh
    contacted the Smithsonian... He wanted to spend
    some time at the "controls" of the "Spirit", and fly
    the "Spirit" just one more time...


    So they got a cherry picker, hoisted "Charlie Deuce" up,
    and he got in the "Spirit of St Louis"... Then he wouldn't
    come down,,,, he spent 5 or 6 hours in the airplane, just
    reminiscing about the trip, and his life...

    He's buried on Maui, a little church and grave yard south
    of Hana... Hard to find, but worth the effort...
    been to his grave, Big, what a NEET place! Drove to Hana to find it. Locals wouldn't comment on where it was.
    spent about two hours on the chase. Finally cornered a Gardner and explained I was a Pilot. He told me where it was.

    Up the small dirt road through the trees to a small beautiful church with a graveyard overlooking the Pacific, towards the mainland. Prolly one of the most serene places I have ever been.....
    ZOOOM
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    James Hurtubise, June, 1964

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