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    Default Blue skies, Kerch!

    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! :'(

    Michael

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    Default Re: Blue skies, Kerch!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mluvara View Post
    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! :'(

    Michael

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    Huge loss for air racing! What a legend. Fair winds Mr. Kerchenfaut.

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    A true legend of air racing. He will be missed by many.

    Blue skies Mr Kerch.

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    Default Re: Blue skies, 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.

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    Default Re: Blue skies, Kerch!

    Quote Originally Posted by Reever View Post
    I'm not sure the impact that Kerch made on air racing can even be measured it was so great.
    1968-69 Conquest I -- 3km speed record

    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
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    Default Re: Blue skies, Kerch!

    One of the best over the years. He always had time to talk to the many air race fans. "Blue Skies" Kerch.
    Lockheed Bob

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    He will be missed. It must be airshow season in heaven...Hoover needed a crew chief.

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    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!
    Wayne Sagar
    "Pusher of Electrons"

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    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)

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    Default Re: Blue skies, Kerch!

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMX105 View Post
    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)
    I have to share this moment with Bill from Tuesday when he was first admitted to the hospital. He was ornery as ever and trying to rip the IV out of his arm. I looked at him, tapped the IV location and said something to the effect of: "Bill, that's your ADI. You need that to keep your systems happy. Remember, the systems are important. You've always said that". Then, when he was trying to rip a sensor off of his finger (he succeeded once) I said "Bill, that's your telemetry sensor. Telemetry is Green. Leave it alone". He looked at me, smirked and threw his head back.

    Michael

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