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Local (SoFla) Pilot Ian Groom killed during Air Show practice

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by freepatriot, May 1, 2004.

  1. freepatriot

    freepatriot Retired GT Mod Moderator

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    MGomez81 and I were thinking about going to the beach on Friday, to watch pilot practice for the McDonald's Air & Sea Show, a yearly tribute to the military. Basically, one million spectators stand on the beach ad watch hi tech military aircraft race by, about three hundred yards offshore.

    Thursday afternoon I decided it would be too much to try to fit my other plans in as well as a trip to the beach, so I called Mike and cancelled.

    Friday, during practice, local South Florida pilot Ian Groom crashed his single-seat Sukhoi into the sea and was killed. It was his 58th birthday.

    Best wishes to his friends and family during this very sad time.


    Here's the story from the Sun Sentinel (our local liberal rag):

  2. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

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    "Boggs, who was on the beach at Sunrise Boulevard and in radio contact with him, said Groom didn't indicate he was in trouble."

    "There was no conversation between him and me prior to him hitting the water," Boggs said. "As far as I can tell, he was doing his normal practice session."

    Something physical?
    Something like a heart attack comes to mind right away.

    But everyone in trouble doesn't come on the radio yelling, Oh sh!t.

    Well, I hope there's some comfort to those he left behind, knowing that he was doing the thing he loved ;w