Skip to comments.Steve Appleton, daredevil CEO of memory chip maker Micron, dies in Boise plane crash
Posted on 02/03/2012 7:42:20 PM PST by EveningStar
The head of memory chip maker Micron, long known for taking risks in stunt piloting, died Friday when a small experimental plane he was piloting steeply banked, stalled and crashed near an Idaho runway.
Steve Appleton, who survived a similar crash eight years ago and had a reputation as a hard-driving daredevil, was the only person aboard the plane when witnesses said it crashed shortly after its second take-off attempt in Boise, according to safety investigators.
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“A man has got to know his limitations”- Dirty Harry..
What kind of plane has trouble taking off these days?
From one adrenaline junkie to another...party on, Garth!
Probably the way he would have wanted to go...
I have nothing like that kind of courage, but I can’t help but admire those who do.
There’s not much room for men like that anymore.
Aviation crash 101:
Stall, Spin, Crash, Burn
There are some folks that think they are alive, just because their heart is beating.
May Steve Appleton RIP.
Sounds like an accelerated stall.... 1.25 times a normal stall speed in a steep turn. Lancairs are nice aircraft.
He was killed in an accident. Dies means he died from an illness or something else.
Just damn. Micron. RIP Steve Appleton.
May Steve Appleton RIP.
haha. nice and so damn true. thanks for your post. ;).
sometimes these damn bodies just can’t keep up with some of our spirits ans so be it. so be it. we all die in the end. might as well live it fully!
Humans come in all flavors and mind sets. One grouping is those who are entranced by everything connected by manned flight. You may be one if you always look up when you hear an airplane to enjoy the sight and try to ID as what make or type it is.
A subset of aviation groupies are those who go on to get a private pilot license. Some do it to get a paid job as a pilot or to get somewhere fast. Others as a sport or hobby. Steve Appleton probably did it for the sport-the fun of being up is more important than where you may be headed to. Good flying takes concentration so your other life problems or worries are crowded out or put aside. The zen of flying is good for the hobbyist’s mind.
Light aircraft are reasonably safe but when something breaks, goes wrong or you have a mental lapse or cut it close, the result can be fatal. All pilots accept the risk as the rewards of flying far out weigh the possible risk.
My God welcome Steve Appleton into the best ride up in the sky.
Hey I know what that second picture is and who was flying that experimental airplane I wonder how many other freepers do?
It was Tex Johnson, flying the Boeing 367-80, or Dash 80, which was the prototype of the 707.
He aborted his 1st takeoff, was having problems with the plane. Taxied back to the hanger, then crashed 20 minutes later attempting to take off again. Doubt if it was an engine problem, probably a control issue.
Any plane or jet that is overloaded or NOT loaded properly.
If you take say a cargo jet and put a pile of feathers in the back and a ton of gold in the front you will NOT get off.
If you have say a light plane, Cesna 170, theoretically a 4 person plane and put four wide bodies in it instead of two regular folks and two small kids you will NOT get off.
Also if you have mechanical troubles on take off you may not get off.
Loads of possibilities.
Then again he could have done a John Denver and taken off in his toy without fuel.
Lancair IV is a monster plane, as it seems are all Lancairs.
Safe and very fast.
That does not ever necessarily reflect the mechanic.
61 mph is the FAA's number for certified aircraft's stall speed that must be met from a design standpoint for a reason. Read in Kitplanes or try to find Barnaby Wainfan's slide presentation of survivability above 61mph it is not good. I lost a very good friend last yr. to stall/spin, so I am sorry to make this a bit personal, but if it was stall/spin, the pain the families and friends will go through will be very diffcult. Prayers up for them all....
Also not likely that the plane was overweight. With only the pilot and full fuel the plane was well below takeoff max weight. True that many if not most 4 seat planes will be overweight with 4 occupants and full fuel what is normally done is the plane takes off with less than a full tank of fuel to be under weight limits.
It appears this crash was because of mechanical problems, he aborted his 1st takeoff after getting only a few feet off the ground and told ATC that he had problems and was going back to the hanger. He returned about 15 minutes later for the fatal takeoff wrongly believing he had the problem resolved.
Correct you are on each point but I was not trying to diagnose this accidents fault, just answering the question asked, in this day how can this happen, LOTS OF WAYS.