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Thread: Blue Skies: Sherman Smoot and Czech Mate

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    Default Re: Blue Skies: Sherman Smoot and Czech Mate

    No words. Blue skies Sherm.

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    Default Re: Blue Skies: Sherman Smoot and Czech Mate

    Great photo Mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryanshort1 View Post
    Honestly, with the stuff put out by certain YouTubers that I generally respect, it would be nice to know what really happened.
    I've quit watching DG and BL/JB after their "reporting" of stuff that I personally know the involved parties. They're no more informed than your typical "action news channel" reporter. The line that got me was accusing someone of doing something "for the clicks", which is their WHOLE SCHTICK with their youtube channels- to get the clicks for monetization.

    I was also really looking forward to the races with Chech Mate and Sherm keeping Miss America and Doc honest. I'm "in" the community as much as others, and don't think I ever met Sherm, but I still get a bit emotional when we lose a racer and a plane. The plane could be replicated, but the history is just that- history. And obviously there's no replacing the pilots

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRNDP51 View Post
    I really never ever wanted to be the one to have to report things like these, but it's out there.

    We lost Sherm and Czech Mate during a test flight earlier this afternoon. I'm sick, gutted, shocked, sad, devastated.

    We'll miss you Sherm, you did so much for our Sport and it will never be the same without you. Blue Skies.

    https://www.kget.com/news/local-news...r-plane-crash/
    I haven't posted here an a while, but thought it would be appropriate to post "God Speed" to a true Unlimited and Air Race Pilot, who served his country, lived life to the fullest and almost always had a smile for almost everyone.

    I salute you Sherman as one of my air race heroes and the purveyor of "Fighter Pilot Red".

    Warbird Willie

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    I was just shooting the breeze in a hanger with Smoot and Merritt at Paso airport a few weeks ago when Sherm was giving T-28 flights to the public. He was soooo looking forward to the races this year to finally win the unlimited gold and become the oldest one to ever do it at the same time. He wasn't too worried about Miss A. Also, a lot of excellent hanger talk about his days launching F-4's off his carrier during Vietnam with hairy ordinance loads and barely enough steam get a good shot. Sure wish I could have recorded the conversation.

    I'll never forget the night aerobatic show he did years and years ago at the Paso war bird show in his T-6. Flew super low and super loud right over the hanger while were all eating, drinking, and having a great time. Caught us all way off guard and I'm sure than more than a few of us messed our shorts during that stunt. Was awesome!

    CAVU Sherm
    1960 Piper Comanche

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    Kathryns Report has an input about Shermans incident with some comments/replies which you have to read yourself. Nothing official. Still prayers & thoughts to all concerned.
    Lockheed Bob

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    Any info on Shermans Funeral or Celebration of Life. I hope they do something at Reno for him so we can all go.
    Lockheed Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockheed Bob View Post
    Kathryns Report has an input about Shermans incident with some comments/replies which you have to read yourself. Nothing official. Still prayers & thoughts to all concerned.
    Where's this report at please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockheed Bob View Post
    Any info on Shermans Funeral or Celebration of Life. I hope they do something at Reno for him so we can all go.
    You've gotta bet they will do a missing Man and likely Dreadnaught and Miss A will be in it. I hope someone will post a pic of it on here.

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    Default Re: Blue Skies: Sherman Smoot and Czech Mate

    Type in Kathryns Report/open & on the right hand side they list all the current accidents/incidents . Look for the one on the YAK at Shafter/Minter Field.
    Lockheed Bob

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