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Steve Appleton, daredevil CEO of memory chip maker Micron, dies in Boise plane crash
AP via The Washington Post ^ | February 3, 2012

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: aviation; lancairivp; micron; obituary; planecrash; steveappleton
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1 posted on 02/03/2012 7:42:42 PM PST by EveningStar
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2 posted on 02/03/2012 7:45:37 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

“A man has got to know his limitations”- Dirty Harry..


3 posted on 02/03/2012 7:46:16 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: EveningStar
"...shortly after its second take-off attempt"

What kind of plane has trouble taking off these days?

4 posted on 02/03/2012 7:47:15 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxg0ESxbLww


5 posted on 02/03/2012 7:49:14 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: EveningStar

From one adrenaline junkie to another...party on, Garth!


6 posted on 02/03/2012 7:49:21 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Paladin2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilb55F-GGQg&feature=related


7 posted on 02/03/2012 7:52:45 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: ShadowAce

ping


8 posted on 02/03/2012 7:53:27 PM PST by tutstar (Want pings to Aaron Klein articles and OWS nonsense?)
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To: gorush

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.


9 posted on 02/03/2012 7:55:53 PM PST by Ronin (Now 15 kilograms down since August last year. Hell yeah I'm bragging!)
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Lancair IV-P

10 posted on 02/03/2012 7:57:29 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: EveningStar

Aviation crash 101:

Stall, Spin, Crash, Burn


11 posted on 02/03/2012 8:11:08 PM PST by MindBender26 (New Army SF and Ranger Slogan: Vengeance is Mine, sayeth the Lord.... but He subcontracts!)
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To: gorush

There are some folks that think they are alive, just because their heart is beating.

May Steve Appleton RIP.


12 posted on 02/03/2012 8:19:34 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO--itÂ’s about the survival of our country!!)
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To: MindBender26

Sounds like an accelerated stall.... 1.25 times a normal stall speed in a steep turn. Lancairs are nice aircraft.


13 posted on 02/03/2012 8:29:49 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: EveningStar

He was killed in an accident. Dies means he died from an illness or something else.


14 posted on 02/03/2012 8:31:41 PM PST by SkyDancer ("Never Have Regrets Because At The Time It Was Exactly What You Wanted")
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To: MindBender26
The stall speed of the Lancair IV is 75 knots with flaps. Trying to make it back to the field with an engine failure is a tough maneuver . I can image that the stall speed clean with full fuel would be 85 - 90 knots . Keeping the nose down to maintain glide speed would be difficult when you see your not going to make it back to the runway.
15 posted on 02/03/2012 8:34:24 PM PST by pterional
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To: EveningStar

Just damn. Micron. RIP Steve Appleton.


16 posted on 02/03/2012 8:41:39 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: Gator113
There are some folks that think they are alive, just because their heart is beating.

May Steve Appleton RIP.

haha. nice and so damn true. thanks for your post. ;).

17 posted on 02/03/2012 8:46:46 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: EveningStar

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!


18 posted on 02/03/2012 8:48:07 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: EveningStar

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.


19 posted on 02/03/2012 8:59:45 PM PST by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: EveningStar

20 posted on 02/03/2012 9:05:55 PM PST by the jogger
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To: EveningStar

Hey I know what that second picture is and who was flying that experimental airplane I wonder how many other freepers do?


21 posted on 02/03/2012 10:00:11 PM PST by djwright (2012 The White House Gets Another Coat Of Shellac)
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To: djwright

It was Tex Johnson, flying the Boeing 367-80, or Dash 80, which was the prototype of the 707.


22 posted on 02/03/2012 10:16:48 PM PST by kerosene
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23 posted on 02/03/2012 10:22:20 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: Paladin2

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.


24 posted on 02/03/2012 11:41:57 PM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
It wasn't a straight Lancair IV-P - it was a turbine version like this one with a longer nose. Even more power...


25 posted on 02/04/2012 1:39:25 AM PST by az_gila
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To: Paladin2

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.


26 posted on 02/04/2012 4:48:40 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: pterional

Lancair IV is a monster plane, as it seems are all Lancairs.
Safe and very fast.
That does not ever necessarily reflect the mechanic.
RV6A here.


27 posted on 02/04/2012 4:54:06 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: EveningStar
RIP Mr. Appleton.

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....

28 posted on 02/04/2012 5:18:30 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Joe Boucher
Very doubtful that he ran out of fuel, the fire after the crash was from burning fuel. Even if he did something dumb like forget to turn on the fuel valve it is not likely that a pilot with his experience would stall a plane with an engine that quit on takeoff.

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.

29 posted on 02/04/2012 8:41:43 AM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: TruthWillWin

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.


30 posted on 02/04/2012 1:32:50 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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