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Old 11-07-2017, 04:29 PM
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Default Roy Halladay, 40, dies in plane crash in Gulf of Mexico

Roy Halladay, 40, dies in plane crash in Gulf of Mexico
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:32 PM
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:11 PM
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One of the best pitchers I ever saw play. A future hall of famer.
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:28 PM
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Former MLB star Roy Halladay dead in plane crash in Pasco County | tbo.com
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:29 PM
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Roy Halladay’s wife was against his flying in heartbreaking video | New York Post
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:17 AM
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As I recall Clev you urged Russ not to fly either. Probably the same thing here - bored and looking to do something they always dreamed up as they approach middle age.
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:33 AM
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There seems to be one of these small craft crashes every morning on msn news page when i open up computer and I just sigh and think about Russ. I also have a niece who at 26 started flying small planes because she was an aide to a congressman and couldn't take all the commercial flying If she was going to keep job. Needless to say the family is always concerned.

Never been in a small plane like that.
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:06 PM
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I have a private pilot license. Had a couple of scares over the years. Finally gave it up. Haven't flown in several years.

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Old 11-08-2017, 03:48 PM
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Tell us Pappy. Fearless flying those.

What we're the scares?
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Old 01-20-2018, 07:38 AM
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Former MLB Pitcher Roy Halladay Had Morphine In His System at Time of Deadly Plane Crash: Autopsy

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Old 01-20-2018, 10:56 AM
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Never been in a small plane like that.
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I first starting dating my wife in 1987. I had seen her the year before, when we went to the same community college. I was playing football, and working out in the weight room. Between sets, we would often step out of the door, to watch the girls dance in the next room. She was one of the girls.

A year later, I'm at some party, and she was there, when I left, unbeknownst to me, she had asked someone who I was.

At some point, I was at a local bar, playing pool with a friend, and she walked right up to me and introduced herself. She asked me to dance, and that was the start of our relationship.

Our first date was Jan 16th, 1987. I was 21 at the time, and had actually never dated a girl for more than 2 or 3 weeks. Knowing that, instead of celebrating yearly anniversaries, I decided to celebrate monthly anniversaries. Each month on the 16th, I would set up some sort of clever date.

In February for instance, I knew we both liked to camp, and as there was a decent chance we wouldn't still be dating in the summer, I decided to go camping with her in Feb. I'm not into camping in zero degree weather, so we went camping in the house instead.

I set up a little pup tent in our family room, right in front of the fire place. I blindfolded her in the next room, and brought her in, and had her sit on a camp stool. I had her feel the stool, and she smiled. I had her reach out, so she could feel the warmth of the fire. I had gotten a cassette tape from the library that had nature sounds on it. It was playing loons, crickets, birds, owls, frogs, etc. With each little step, she just laughed.

I roasted her a hot dog and had her eat it, and then a s'more. For those of you who haven't had a s'more, it's a roasted marshmellow, smashed between two graham crackers, with a portion of a hershey chocolate bar. Yummy. She just smiled and laughed some more.

I told her a story about the boundary waters canoe area, so she would picture being in that environment, and then told her it was time for bed, and reached behind her and unzipped the zipper to the tent. It was loud enough for her to hear, at that point, she said "no way, really?" and took off her blind fold....

So each month would come and go, and I would have to think up something clever. We went to wisconsin dells, and the house on the rock. one month I filled my room with 100's if not a 1000 balloons. One balloon was oversize, and had a teddy bear inside it.

So I was working at Red Lobster as a waiter, and in July, Paul, one of the other waiters, mentioned to me in passing that he was getting his pilots license, and that if anyone wanted to go flying, if they paid for half the gas, he would take them for free. So I asked him if he was available on the 16th.

So when the 16th rolled around, Paul played Chauffeur, picked us up at my house, I blindfolded her, so she wouldn't see where we were going, and drove her out to the Anoka Airport. It's about 45 minutes from my house. She asked over and over again, where we were going, but I didn't tell her. I didn't take her blindfold off, until she was standing in front of the airplane. She shreaked, and couldn't believe we were going to go fly in an airplane.

It was this little 4 seater cesna.

This was my first flight in a little plane. I think I had only been on one commercial flight to that point, so flying in general was still a nervous adventure for me. The first part of the flight we followed the St. Croix river north. It was so cool. On the commercial flight we were quickly above the clouds, and even when there are no clouds, you can't see much detail from 30,000 feet. But in a cesna, it was a whole different experience. At first I was very nervous, but that soon went away, and it was just exhilarating. I could watch out the window, as we flew up along the river, and I could see places where I had fished in the past. I could see back water areas I didn't even know existed. It was fun.

Our plan was to fly north to Duluth. Paul had made the flight a few times, and whenever he landed in Duluth, they would give him a courtesy car. So then the plan was to have him escort us around duluth, to Dinner, and various bars for dancing.

But the weather had different plans.

As we approached Duluth, there was this squall line. It looked something like this:



Our fun came to an abrupt ending. Paul tried to put a good face on, and act like it was nothing... until our plane dropped so hard, and so suddenly that my wife's purse flew up off the floor. It's hard to know how far we dropped, but it was spooky. Paul, still put a good face on, as my wife and I were watching him to see whether we should be scared. I wouldn't say he was calm, but in control enough...

Until the 2nd drop.

Now Paul was visibly shaken. He started singing. That was not a good sign. I clearly remember the song, Dancing in Heaven, by Q-feel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvf7_kFUHPo

While we made it ok into Duluth, had a marvelous time, and an uneventful flight home under the stars, I will never forget that 15 minutes of peril, as long as I live. White knuckle grip all the way into the airport. I was very thankful Paul kept it together. We were getting tossed around pretty good, and knowing that he was inexperienced, had both my wife and I completely terrified.

I have been reluctant to step into another puddle jumper since. I have considered taking a float plane up into canada's Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, for a canoe trip, but.....

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I was watching this show called Alaska Wildlife Troopers a while back. I forget the number, it was something like 10 out of their last 16 fatalities, or something to that effect, were actually from plane crashes.
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Old 01-20-2018, 02:47 PM
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Checked in to see results of UCONN fade and saw this. Great story. Thx for taking time to post. Going to read it over when not on phone.

Wow on the plane part
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