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    Sad to say that owner/pilot emeritus of Miss America, Howie Keefe passed away from complications of cancer in Florida. I think he was 92 or 93.

    Thanks, Howie. You were the 'face of air racing' for a generation of kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Jim View Post
    Sad to say that owner/pilot emeritus of Miss America, Howie Keefe passed away from complications of cancer in Florida. I think he was 92 or 93.

    Thanks, Howie. You were the 'face of air racing' for a generation of kids.
    One of my Heros and a great Pilot

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    I was talking with John Slack this afternoon and his comment to me seemed most appropriate. I hope he will forgive my using his words:

    "Slowly and quietly the most vibrant and colorful heroes of our youth are slipping from our presence. The are almost vanished, even now."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Jim View Post
    Sad to say that owner/pilot emeritus of Miss America, Howie Keefe passed away from complications of cancer in Florida. I think he was 92 or 93.

    Thanks, Howie. You were the 'face of air racing' for a generation of kids.
    So sorry to hear the information. Howie was such a great gentlemen and pilot. I will forever miss him. I was lucky to have gotten his license plates "Airrrace" several years ago and will forever treasure that moment.
    Farewell my friend,

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    Howie also set (and still holds) the propeller speed record from Los Angeles to Washington DC in 1972 in 6 hours and 21 minutes. He did it in his p-51 Mustang Miss America.

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    So sad to hear this news, but very happy that he lived such a full life!

    He was also very inspirational to me..

    I think this is '94. I had drawn a picture of Miss America, and Howie noticed, and so I had him sign it. Then he gave me a piggy-back around the pits. Yeah!





    - Joseph

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    Betty Sherman sent me a brief bio of Howie.. I'm pretty sure it's OK to share here.

    "Howie Keefe grew up on the North Shore of Chicago and learned to fly at Hamilton College in upstate NY in the early '40s. When the war broke out and he enlisted in the Navy, they made him on officer right away because they needed flight instructors. He loved teaching student pilots. When the was was over, he married, had 4 children and worked at the Chicago Tribune where he rose to Marketing Director position. He then invented Sky Prints charts and marketed them in an atlas format.....a solution for loose-chart cockpit clutter......a first in aviation. In the '60s, Howie moved to Los Angeles with the Newspaper Advertising Bureau and got into air racing at Reno, NV flying T-6s. He is most famous for his red, white and blue P51 Mustang named, "Miss America" which he owned and raced from 1969-1981. Howie holds the record for the most consecutive air races and also set a speed record in flying Miss America from Los Angeles to Wash D.C. in 6hrs and 21min. In 1980, he developed the Air Chart IFR Enroute Atlas for IFR pilots as a companion to his advanced VFR atlas, Sky Prints. In 2001, Howie wrote a book of air racing memoirs and other exciting lifetime adventures entitled, "Galloping on Wings". He remarried in 1988 and moved to the Central FL area in 2002 where the Sun 'N Fun aviation convention is held at Lakeland Linder Airport. For his 90th birthday, his wife fulfilled his wish for a ride in a Stearman which was the same aircraft in which he taught his Navy cadets some 70 years ago. Howie died in July 2013 at 92 and admits he had a most exciting, fun-filled, fascinating life."
    Wayne Sagar
    "Pusher of Electrons"

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    Howie is the kind of guy that will arrive in Heaven already blessed with wings.

    Yes, I am getting old as my heros are slipping away faster than new ones are taking their place....

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    Quote Originally Posted by planecrazy2 View Post
    Yes, I am getting old as my heros are slipping away faster than new ones are taking their place....
    Well, that's two of us, then.

    Years ago, I had a long conversation with Howie about his IFR charts. I thought then, that they were superior to Jepps and NOA charts. The one thing that I remember most about him was his enthusiasm.

    Blue skies and tail winds to Howie.

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    So sad to hear this, Howie and Miss America were my introduction to Air Racing, even brought the Cox racer...

    Thank you for your service and Blue Skies Howie,



    Lynn

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