Skip to comments.Famed ND pilot Bob Odegaard killed during practice for Valley City air show
Posted on 09/07/2012 7:56:12 PM PDT by EveningStar
VALLEY CITY, N.D. Famed North Dakota pilot Bob Odegaard was killed during a practice run for the air show planned for Saturday at the Barnes County Municipal Airport here, authorities say.
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Very sad - he was among the greatest.
1. Mechanical failure
2. Pilot error
3. A jealous husband
RIP BOB!...this ones for you...
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth.
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings,
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind swept heights with easy grace,
Where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
And, while with silent, lifting mind i’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
John Gillespie Magee Jr.
I am very sorry to hear this bad news.Prayers for his family.
After looking at the wreckage at the crash site & the planes on his website, it looks more like he went down in his P-51.
Wow-— I know a Robert Odegaard—a dentist up near Seattle.
Wonder if there’s any family relation? RIP pilot man.
I’m not so sure.
If you look at the main gear, it is hinged very near the leading edge, and appears to retract aft. I believe it may be the Corsair. The rest of it appears to smashed up to tell. Sad, those 4360 powered Corsairs almost seem cursed.
It is better to "buy the farm" doing something you love than many other ways of checking out.
Just shook his hand at Oshkosh, I can’t remember an Oshkosh I went to he wasn’t there, and my first was 1975.
It was the Corsair
I knew Bob from a previous life and he was truly one of the best. He could not only fly any antique plane, he could build them as well. He was a big supporter of the air museum at West Fargo and, as I recall, helped rebuild some of the planes exhinited there.
I was looking forward to seeing him at Reno this week.
Rest in peace, Bob.
Sad to see the big Corsair go down, too.
After looking at the pics in the article, looks like it was the blue Super Corsair that crashed. A twin to the pic you posted only blue.
It was NX5577N in which he went down... The blue one... He retored both the red NX5588N and the blue one one. Sad...
Thanks. I hadn’t realized that he restored a blue one.
It's always hard when we lose pilots of this caliber. I've lost a friend that I considered to be one of the most professional pilots around... For some reason I've had a harder time accepting his death than any others. Don't know why... I just have. Maybe I've just had a hard time believing that an AeroCommander that had just passed its annuals and its airworthiness certification just "came apart" at 27,000AGL.
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