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    Quote Originally Posted by hm66sk View Post
    And I thought I was the only one and was feeling really weird about it. Now I don't feel so bad.
    I have had the same feeling. She was soooooo special, so beautiful and with such a rich history. It's hard for me to let go of both pilot and plane in this case. The only solace I get is knowing that Jimmy was flying his special plane and they were able to pass over together. I known a few people who have been denied their ability to fly when they were in their 70's and I know that they would've preferred to fly that final flight with their special machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1:1 Scale View Post
    That's pretty much the way I'm feeling right now, and why I started the thread. To me, it's kind of like the death of a child vs. someone that lives into their 90's or beyond. In the child there are lost dreams, unrealized potential, etc., but with the 90+ year old, you can say that they lived a long, productive life and more easily be at peace with the circumstances.

    The Ghost certainly lived a long and fruitful life as a racer, but it had been reincarnated, and we ALL wanted to see it elevate the bar in it's new lease on life.
    That's a good way to look at it and could explain some of these feelings.
    "And if they stare, just let them burn their eyes on your moving."

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    i have similar feeling about the ghost i was really pulling for her and jimmy to do well this year,so i'm gutted about what has happened.
    i didnt think you could feel these things about aircraft till i saw the duxford accident,i had been following the history of that mustang for a large amount of my life.
    tha ghost has a very similar sensation as i've been following the reno airaces since i was quiet young(i used to steal my fathers copies of the magazines when the reno issues came out) i still remember the issue of airclassics when the rb51 was destroyed, so the story of the ghost is pretty much indelibly painted in my mind.
    Paul
    blue skies and tailwinds jimmy

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    For what its worth, I spoke to someone in Minden a few weeks ago and He stated that GG was timed at speeds well in excess of 525 just recently and still had more in her. All I know is she was moovin up fast. Sure will miss both of them. Blue Skys and gentle breeze's Jimmy and GG

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    Was that in straight and level flight, or on a practice course of some kind? I thought I had read they had a course setup in the desert? Good info to know, thanks!

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    I'm glad to see many of us realize what a loss never seeing GG have her moment of glory is. She had history that can never be replaced and I don't believe unless something dramatically changes in the economy there will ever be a similarly modified mustang.

    I feel very lucky to have seen her in the air at speed. What a beauty!

    I am going on the record once again and saying I believe Jimmy would have taken the gold at well over 500 MPH lap averages on Sunday. I also think Voodoo was ready to surprise us winning a close battle for second with Strega. This year was not the year of the Bear and Furias would have been a half lap back at fourth.

    Not ever getting to know what we might have seen makes the hole in my heart even larger.

    Spacegrrrl

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEROBAT View Post
    He stated that GG was timed at speeds well in excess of 525 just recently and still had more in her.
    I find that very hard to believe... The canopy was already blowing open at 470 mph.

    When Skip test flew Tsunami, he tore off the belly scoop and the horz. stab in MN, to make sure nothing fell off in Reno.

    If the GG went that fast in Minden, the canopy surely would have departed.

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    "I'm still trying to figure out if its normal for a person (me) to have such feelings towards a mechnical object."


    Make no mistake Hans.The Ghost was just a mechanical object with no soul.

    The instant Jimmy Leeward strapped in and fired her up it became a living breathing machine.He gave her a soul.An extension of himself.Man and machine become one and the same.

    I hope with all hope that this is really what happens.I hope too that they both are glad they where together till the end.................................

    Not so far fetched to have feelings for such a being.

    I'm sure she sat with great anticipation everytime they prepped for a flight.Just knowing she would be freed of all earthly bonds,and to be given the chance once again to be alive.

  9. #39

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKB View Post
    The Ghost was just a mechanical object with no soul.

    The instant Jimmy Leeward strapped in and fired her up it became a living breathing machine.He gave her a soul.An extension of himself.Man and machine become one and the same.
    With all the hundreds on nice things said about Jimmy in the last week..... this statement is head and shoulders above the rest...

    ..... and its the truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Oberev View Post
    Big Jim, you make some excellent points however I prefer "melodramatic hype". Jimmy was posturing Galloping Ghost to move up in Strega and Voodoo territory and no one can prove differently.
    Jimmy was catching up to Voodoo and Strega, 'nuff said.
    Why break it on friday?

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