Friends, I regret to inform you that around 12:10am this morning (California time), our beloved friend and air race crew chief Bill Kerchenfaut made his final flight after suffering a stroke on Tuesday.
I will update everyone if I have any more information regarding any future memorials,etc. At this time, please keep him, his family, and his friends in prayer and remember the smiling little guy with a screwdriver in his pocket who did so much for others and air racing!
We'll miss you Bill! :'(
A true legend of air racing. He will be missed by many.
Blue skies Mr Kerch.
We lost one of the greatest. Prayers for family and friends. I'm not sure the impact that Kerch made on air racing can even be measured it was so great.
1969 Bud Fountain Bearcat
1970-71 Miss Merced -- 1970 California 1000, 1971 United States Cup
1973 Oogahonk Special
1974 Tipsy Miss
1976-85 Sumthin' Else -- 1979 Reno
1986-97 Strega -- 1987 Reno, 1990 Denver, 1992 Denver, 1992 Reno, 1993 Reno, 1993 Kansas City, 1995 Reno, 1996 Reno, 1997 Reno
1998-04 Dago Red -- 1998 Reno, 1999 Reno, 2000 Reno, 2002 Reno, 2003 Reno
2004-08 September Fury -- 2006 Reno
2009-15 Voodoo -- 2013 Reno, 2014 Reno
Last edited by Big_Jim; 11-11-2016 at 08:17 AM.
One of the best over the years. He always had time to talk to the many air race fans. "Blue Skies" Kerch.
He will be missed. It must be airshow season in heaven...Hoover needed a crew chief.
When I read the blue skies threads, I always get a lump in my throat as I read down to see who has left us. Sometimes, that lump goes all the way to the pit of my deepest parts... this is one of them!
This game aint the same without Kerch!
I will miss you always!
"Pusher of Electrons"
Kerch was the "Man"
He will be missed greatly.
I'm betting that some Angels already have ADI.....................
Godspeed Bill (And I'm thinking that is a lot faster now)