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Old 04-05-2011, 04:43 PM
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My father passed-away yesterday. Some of you are aircraft pilots and may recognize his name, David C. Kelly
He began flying Jan 1946 at the age of 18. Aug 1947 he got his Commercial Pilot Cert. and Flight Instructor Cert. one month later. He instructed Primary and Advanced students until 1950.
He then went into crop dusting in Stearman and N3N biplanes for the next 17 years. There was a brief interlude where he flew a Beech D18 for the Atomic Energy Commission on a shuttle run from Livermore, CA and the Nevada Test Site.
In 1967 he began flying for TBM Inc. on forest fires in California. In the winter months he was a mechanic on the airtankers. Summer months he flew the tankers, starting with a Grumman TBM. He advanced to the F7F (my favorite), DC6, DC7, B17 and C123.
He was in the James Bond film "The Living Daylights" flying the C123. He was in the scene(s) with Bond and the Villan hanging from the cargo net out the back of the plane. If you know aircraft you see the plane in the movie is a C130 (four prop engines). Look close at the underside of the plane as the villan falls. You'll see two props engines and two jet pods, a C 123.
In 1979 he moved to Redmond, OR to fly for Butler Aircraft, a subsidiary of TBM Inc. There he flew DC6, DC7 and C123. He held ATP Cert., Airplane Single and Multiengine Land with ratings in G-TBM, G-F7F, DC3S, DC4, DC6, DC7, B-B17, FA-C123, L-382 and Commercial Privilages in Airplane Single Engine Sea and Rotorcraft-Helicopter. Designated Pilot Examiner since 1970 and Vintage Airplane NDPER Examiner since 1997. He is a member of the UFO (United Flying Octogenerarians.
In 64 years he accumulated over 16,000 hours, nearly all were non-autopilot. He received from the FAA the Charles M. Taylor award for being an aircraft mechanic for over 50 years and the Golden Wings Award for being a Flight Instructor for 50 years. Also, the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for being accident- free pilot for 50 years.
My half-brother follows in his footsteps as a pilot for the same company. A proud moment was when Dad was his Examiner and signed him off as a licensed pilot.
He touched a lot of people. There have been calls and cards from all over the world. He's on another flight, and not comming back.
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:31 PM
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Sorry for your loss.

My condolences.
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:42 PM
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Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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Old 04-05-2011, 06:02 PM
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Prayers for you Pat

Hope your family is doing OK.

Prayers.

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Old 04-05-2011, 06:47 PM
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I know there will be ups and downs. I actually got to tell him goodbye on Sunday night before I drove home. We'll head back up tomorrow for the Saturday memorial.
When I got the news from my sister it was actually calming for me.

Thank you for the kind thoughts
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:12 PM
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Wow Pat, that is quite the string of accomplishments, and I bet the ones he was most proud of were the things he taught others. Sounds like one heck of a guy.

Sounds like he was struggling in the end, and I can tell you from experience myself that for me, it hurts for a long time. But it is comforting to know their sorrow and pain is over.

My deepest sympathy Pat, to you and your family. And sounds like another angel has gone home!
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:41 PM
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My condolences Pat. I know what your are going thru as I lost my Mom a couple weeks ago. Your father sounds like a man who really lived his life and his accomplishments reflect that. WOW. It sounds like he had a lot of fun doing what he did for a living. It doesn't get better than that. Peace
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:55 AM
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I'm so sorry for your loss, Pat

Sounds like he lived quite a life and I'm so glad you were able to find the news calming.

Prayers and positive vibes to you and your family during this time.
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:37 AM
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with all respect! wow your dad had quite a life! sounds like the kind of man that should have hung out with ,the duke ,Clint and Red Adair,, to have crossed his path in life would have been a blessing ,, take care and ride safe ,,slow mo!
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:19 PM
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Condolences to you and your family Pat. May you feel comfort as his being in a better place and able to fly with no more boundries.
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:12 PM
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Thanks againg everyone.
Heading back to Redmond, OR for services. They're expecting at least 300 people on Saturday.
He was also one of the higher-ups in the Elks Lodge on a national level.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:11 AM
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So sorry

That was a great eulogy, Pat. You seem very proud of your dad, and rightly so. Close your eyes and watch him fly.

Peace and Calm,

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Old 04-07-2011, 06:13 PM
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Just imagine all of the fliers he is sitting around talking to right now.

He is flying with the best from now on....

Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Take care Pat.

Drive safe.

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Old 04-07-2011, 06:25 PM
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I hope fond memories will bring you comfort. He had quite a resume!

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Old 04-08-2011, 07:39 PM
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Pat, I'm sorry for your loss of your Father; my dad was a pilot as well.
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