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Gone West, EAA Founder Paul Poberezny
Experimental Aircraft Associations Website ^ | 8/22/2013 | EAA

Posted on 08/22/2013 4:25:11 PM PDT by taildragger

You can't be a success if you don't love people."

Paul Poberezny came from humble beginnings, yet he created one of the world largest aviation organizations and emerged as one of the 20th century's greatest aviation leaders, creating a worldwide aviation organization and the world's largest annual fly-in event, EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Read more about EAA Founder Paul H. Poberezny:

Paul's Early Years Into the War Setting the Stage for History Building an Aviation Movement A Leader and Visionary Elder Statesman of Flight Paul Poberezny's Legacy

Select excerpts courtesy of "Poberezny ... The Story Begins"

He died on August 22, 2013, in Oshkosh after a career that spanned more than 70 years of flight at the controls of more than 500 different types of aircraft.

Paul is survived by his wife, Audrey; one son, Tom (Sharon) Poberezny of Brookfield, Wisconsin; one daughter, Bonnie (Chuck) Parnall of Oshkosh; two granddaughters, Audra (Michael) Hoy of Oshkosh and Lesley Poberezny of Brookfield, Wisconsin; and one great-granddaughter born in 2012, Charlotte "Charley" Hoy.

Paul Poberezny often said that there was not a day that went by that he didn't say the word "airplane." His flight experiences began as a high school student and continued through service in World War II and the Korean conflict. Between the wars, he began his hands-on approach to aircraft design and building that would direct his future and his legacy.

In January 1953, he organized about three dozen aircraft builders and restorers in a local Milwaukee, Wisconsin, club that was named the Experimental Aircraft Association. Later that year, the first EAA fly-in gathering formed the foundation of what has become EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Paul Poberezny's life and career was a shining example of vision, self-reliance, and leadership. He is regarded as one of the individual giants of aviation’s first century, with an influence that reaches beyond a single flying accomplishment to affecting tens of thousands of people who have dreamed of flying. This site is a small glimpse of the man who will forever be connected with the personal freedom of flight.


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KEYWORDS: aerospace; aviation; eaa; obituary; paulpoberezny; poberezny

1 posted on 08/22/2013 4:25:11 PM PDT by taildragger
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To: taildragger; Paleo Conservative

Misty screen, Aviation Ping list please....


2 posted on 08/22/2013 4:25:58 PM 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: taildragger

Happy Trails Paul.

You were, are, a pioneer.

EAA member xxxxxxx.


3 posted on 08/22/2013 4:27:22 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Amen,

Been to many EAA Air Adventures - camped in the North 40 with my 310. Got video of Paul driving around in his chopped red VW.


4 posted on 08/22/2013 4:36:23 PM PDT by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: taildragger

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


5 posted on 08/22/2013 4:44:07 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: taildragger

We’ve taken several friends and family to EAA over the years. Rode in the Ford Tri-Motor. Know one of the men who helped restore it. Also took neighbor’s children to Young Eagles for their first flight. Wonderful experience!


6 posted on 08/22/2013 5:12:12 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: taildragger

He was a 30 year Air Force veteran as well, serving in WWII and Korea.

He is the only man in the armed forces to attain all seven aviation wings the military offered and did so without having the benefit of military aviation training.


7 posted on 08/22/2013 5:13:58 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: taildragger

I remember Paul Harvey being a fan———


8 posted on 08/22/2013 5:17:17 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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9 posted on 08/22/2013 5:44:15 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: taildragger; SkyDancer
God Bless him.

I'll miss seeing him driving around in the open VW bug during Airventure.

10 posted on 08/22/2013 5:50:37 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: cherokee1
IIRC, Poberezny was a member of the three-plane aerobatic team that flew matched Pitts specials -- but I'm not sure of the team's name. (Red Devils?)

Self correction: that was TOM Poberezny who flew with Hilliard & Soucy as the Red Devils. First team I ever saw who performed simultaneous, synchronized lomcevaks in tight 3-plane formation...

11 posted on 08/22/2013 5:57:32 PM PDT by TXnMA (I may be too old and feeble to exercise the Second Amendment; but I can still exercise the First...)
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To: taildragger

Sad to see this.


12 posted on 08/22/2013 6:39:28 PM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: taildragger

Thank you for posting. Paul was a true hero and a fine example of the best in our country.


13 posted on 08/22/2013 6:52:00 PM PDT by Errant
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To: taildragger
RIP Paul Poberezny.
I met Paul in Oshkosh back around 1974 (IIRC). That was the same Fly-In where I met Ken Rand(of KR-1 and KR-2 fame) and Burt Rutan (Vari Viggen and several other famous composite aircraft).

The Experimental Aircraft Association, that's quite a legacy, Paul!

14 posted on 08/22/2013 7:14:40 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: taildragger

Helluva guy. Too many folks like this passing away these days...


15 posted on 08/22/2013 7:20:54 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: taildragger
Truly a sad loss.

From the brief, and nicely-written piece…

Paul Poberezny often said that there was not a day that went by that he didn't say the word "airplane." His flight experiences began as a high school student and continued through service in World War II and the Korean conflict. Between the wars, he began his hands-on approach to aircraft design and building that would direct his future and his legacy…

Paul Poberezny's life and career was a shining example of vision, self-reliance, and leadership.

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16 posted on 08/22/2013 9:10:25 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Seaplaner

BTTT...


17 posted on 08/23/2013 5:06:41 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: taildragger

Met him a few times at Sun & Fun in Lakeland Florida.
Just Always a nice and good guy
Thanks Paul


18 posted on 08/23/2013 5:52:39 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: taildragger

My parents go to Oshkosh every single year. It’s like going to Disney World for my stepdad. Last year they took my oldest, who was 14 at the time. She had a blast. In the next couple of years, they will take my oldest son, who turns 11 in two weeks. Family traditions... ;)


19 posted on 08/23/2013 5:56:09 AM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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To: taildragger

He had a great life and enabled enjoyment in many more. May he rest in peace.


20 posted on 08/23/2013 9:12:46 AM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: taildragger

CAVU, Paul ... thanks for all you’ve done for GA.


21 posted on 08/23/2013 10:17:30 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: taildragger

Thanks for the notice. Many of the great ones are now at very advanced ages, but it still doesn’t make their passing less sorrowful. Last year it was Carroll Shelby who was pretty regular at Air Venture. Paul has earned a different set of wings, and may his earthly legacy continue to inspire and motivate those who love aviation.


22 posted on 08/23/2013 10:26:21 AM PDT by wita
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To: Seaplaner; All
Truly a sad loss.

I started subscribing in High School and became a member, same time the Vari-Eze hit the scene. The hay day of true American Tinkerers and Dreamers with a can-do Spirit. None of this you didn't build that, They did with Wood, Fabric, 4130 Chrome-Moly Tubing and so much more.

Paul and EAA have been a fixture and a postive influence in my life and has given me life long friends and the opportunity to meet some the legends in aviation and aircraft design. I shutter to think what I could have glomed onto other than aviation in my youth that would have been much worse.

With EAA and it's airshow is one of the last bastions of Patriotism, that also was a postive influence in my life but by osmosis helped me become a Conservative as well.

The thanks I owe to Paul's dream, his love of flight ( that many of us share here ) I cannot measure, it is too large. But he knew, I told him when I met him what EAA meant in my ( and so many others) lives.

We are a greater dreamers / pilots / Americans not because of Paul, but because like Reagan he in a quieter way said we can do it.

Boy can we use a coach like that today, perhaps another one is in the wings, no pun intended.

23 posted on 08/23/2013 1:11:28 PM 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: taildragger

rest in peace, Pope Paul


24 posted on 08/28/2013 6:57:20 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: taildragger

Just heard this...

Still have my pic with Paul from 1976, in front of “Lake Poberezny”, a huge mud bog in front of our group’s campers, near the Red Barn, and the sign we CAP kids made for it.

Gear up, Flaps up, Mixture to full, Paul...


25 posted on 08/28/2013 7:01:28 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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