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Body of US Pilot Found in Chinese Lake (movie stunt pilot David Riggs)
AP via ABC News ^ | September 20, 2013 | Christopher Bodeen

Posted on 09/20/2013 11:16:25 AM PDT by EveningStar

Divers have found the body of a missing U.S. stunt pilot whose plane crashed into a lake in northeast China while attempting a tricky maneuver in the rain, the head of the team searching for him said Friday.

David Riggs, whose U.S. pilot's license had been suspended, had been missing since Tuesday's accident outside the city of Shenyang in which his young female Chinese translator died. Riggs was in China to take part in an air show and was apparently rehearsing one of his tricks when the accident occurred...

His website describes him as CEO of California-based Mach One Aviation, Inc. and as a "Hollywood stunt pilot, movie producer and world aviation speed record holder." It said his aerial performances had featured in movies and television shows including "Iron Man," ''Jarhead," and the James Bond film "Casino Royale." ...

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Outdoors; Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: aviation; china; davidriggs; obituary; stuntpilot

1 posted on 09/20/2013 11:16:25 AM PDT by EveningStar
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2 posted on 09/20/2013 11:17:29 AM PDT by EveningStar ("Putin now just basically doing donuts in Obama's front yard." - Iowahawk)
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To: EveningStar

He was a dipshit that gave pilots a bad name, having his license revoked several times.


3 posted on 09/20/2013 11:21:17 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: CodeToad

Well, it apparently finally caught up to him.


4 posted on 09/20/2013 11:21:47 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: EveningStar
whose U.S. pilot's license had been suspended That tells me all I need to know about this "pilot"
5 posted on 09/20/2013 11:23:10 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: CodeToad

Yup. No loss.

Evolution at work.


6 posted on 09/20/2013 11:25:19 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: EveningStar

Sad that he took an 18 years young Chinese female with him. Did they find her?


7 posted on 09/20/2013 11:27:00 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: EveningStar

Just one more bold pilot that will never be an old pilot


8 posted on 09/20/2013 11:27:01 AM PDT by shoff (Vote Democratic it beats thinking!)
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To: Timber Rattler

Shame that he took someone out with him...


9 posted on 09/20/2013 11:27:23 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: EveningStar

“Zhang said Riggs crashed while attempting a stunt in which the wheels of his plane were to drag along the lake surface at high speed.”

And that stupid stunt got him (and his translator? not much about her) killed.


10 posted on 09/20/2013 11:29:30 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: CodeToad
There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots!
11 posted on 09/20/2013 11:31:28 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: CivilWarBrewing
outside the city of Shenyang in which his young female Chinese translator died.

I've worked in China and have met many guys like this. This woman had other duties besides just "translation."

12 posted on 09/20/2013 11:31:40 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Blood of Tyrants
That was known as water skiing when done with a Huey in Vietnam. I know of at least one crew that died while trying that trick.
13 posted on 09/20/2013 11:32:34 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: CivilWarBrewing

She was found alive in the water but died later in a hospital.


14 posted on 09/20/2013 11:45:02 AM PDT by EveningStar ("Putin now just basically doing donuts in Obama's front yard." - Iowahawk)
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To: PGR88

Yup. Met a few myself, and saw the charred remains many more in Central America, years ago. Most places just left the wreckage in place. The narcos used them as landmarks in jungle canopy, to fly to their destinations. Sends quite a chill up the spine to fly over scenes like that.


15 posted on 09/20/2013 11:51:11 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Blood of Tyrants; All
“Zhang said Riggs crashed while attempting a stunt in which the wheels of his plane were to drag along the lake surface at high speed.”

In a Lancair? You have got to be flippin kidding me. It has been eon's but I have a wee bit of stick time in an early gen Lancair, they are not for the ham-handed, and with those small tires he wanted to do what?

In a Super Cub with large tires? maybe, in a hot rod like a Lancair? No wonder he is taking a dirt nap....

16 posted on 09/20/2013 11:56:35 AM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: EveningStar
Slammer-Time! Felon/Pilot David Riggs Goes to Jail

Wed, Nov 16, 2011
It finally happened... after countless episodes of "how long can he keep getting away with this nonsense?", Convicted Felon and occasional aero-embarrassment, David G Riggs (48), was sent to jail a few hours ago after a Judge affirmed his 2010 conviction for a dangerous high-speed jet buzz job over the Santa Monica Pier in 2008.
17 posted on 09/20/2013 12:08:29 PM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: EveningStar
well...he won't be on Airplane Repro..
Flying Wild Alaska, with those fine pilots..
"always keep the blue side up."

18 posted on 09/20/2013 12:35:46 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: PGR88
This woman had other duties besides just "translation."

That was a very "cunning stunt" he pulled.

19 posted on 09/20/2013 12:36:24 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I guess he was trying to duplicate this, but in a faster plane with much smaller wheels...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcu3GklGvLo


20 posted on 09/20/2013 12:59:15 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: taildragger

That would be a mud nap wouldn’t it?


21 posted on 09/20/2013 1:09:10 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: az_gila

Stupid has a way of catching up with you sooner or later.


22 posted on 09/20/2013 1:14:32 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: az_gila
used on Flying Wild Alaska
....edge to your toes flying...

23 posted on 09/20/2013 1:22:56 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: Chad_the_Impaler
I met this guy on a couple of occasions. He ran the ends of the spectrum. He actively searched out a military instructor pilot to teach him how to fly the L-39s he had, because he wanted to learn the correct way to fly them, then he pulls that Santa Monica pier stunt.

Not all bad, not all good. I never flew with him, but steered away from the opportunity because of the more reckless side of his nature. Not really surprised, but still a sad event.

24 posted on 09/20/2013 7:37:33 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: EveningStar

RIP.


25 posted on 09/21/2013 2:10:29 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: EveningStar

Back in the day, when I was an active duty Navy Landing Signal Officer, we had a saying: “If he has a death wish, there is nothing we can do about it!”

Too bad an innocent man died with this obviously insane man!


26 posted on 09/21/2013 6:27:24 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Taxman

Whoops! Wrong gender/ My Bad!


27 posted on 09/21/2013 6:30:13 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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