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Premier slotperfect  (D 13014)

Oct 18, 2004, 8:26 PM
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Sadly, Dan McFadden - Otter pilot at Hartwood, VA and formerly Raeford, NC - died in a Twin Bonanza crash at Hartwood Yesterday. Dan was a fellow Dotcommer, posting as calphoto.

There is a thread HERE in the Incidents Forum for discussion about the facts of the incident so we all might learn from it.

Thoughts. prayers, and remembrances should stay here in Bonfire.

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Dan had some professional training as an actor earlier in life, and had several routines he would do in the airplane to entertain the tandem students (and their instructors). He was an excellent pilot and a blast to be around. I will miss him.

I wish you a windshield full of breathtaking sunsets forever, my friend . . .


coconutmonkey  (D 24601)

Oct 18, 2004, 8:30 PM
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I will miss Dans ever present smile behind the controls. He passed many a merry evening of nignoggery in the CML&S after a hard day of flying jumpers. Blue skies my friend!


bkdice  (C 33588)

Oct 18, 2004, 8:32 PM
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I didn't ever get to meet Dan, but I heard some really nice things about him. The folks at Skydive Virginia were very sad to hear the news last night. Our condolences to Dan's family and the Hartwood family.

Bettina


PLFKING  (C 32743)

Oct 18, 2004, 8:35 PM
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Damn.....Dangerous Dan was a cool guy (that's just what I called him -- in reality, he was a very safety-concious pilot). He could always crack me up, and even let me steer the Otter a few times at Raeford. It was alway "his pleasure" delivering jumpers to exit altitude. I missed him a lot when he left Raeford.

It's sad to hear this.....my best to his extended family. I know all the Raefordites (and myself) thought highly of him.

Unsure


Don


Gravitymaster  (D License)

Oct 18, 2004, 8:43 PM
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In reply to:
I will miss Dans ever present smile behind the controls. He passed many a merry evening of nignoggery in the CML&S after a hard day of flying jumpers. Blue skies my friend!

Dan was one of the most enthusiastic pilots I have ever been around. I was there and saw the entire event. It will forever be burned into my memory. I had just finished having a few laughs with Dan a few minutes before his fateful last flight.

Dan was warm and friendly to everyone. He was usually the first person to welcome a new jumper to Hartwood. He would show you around the DZ and let you know he was the pilot who would be taking you to altitude. He really had a true, genuine inner warmth.

All at Hartwood will miss him. The Skydiving Community has lost a bright light.


TheMonkey  (D License)

Oct 18, 2004, 11:15 PM
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Dan was warm and friendly to everyone. He was usually the first person to welcome a new jumper to Hartwood

I met Dan about a month or so ago...he was the first face I saw in the parking lot and he had a huge smile on his face, came up and introduced himself and welcomed me! He also hung out that night and over some adult beverages welcomed me to "the family", as I had started shooting video that day.

My deepest condolences to the Hartwood family. From the few hours that I spent in his presence, you could just tell he was a hell of a guy!

Blue Skies Forever Dan!

Monkey


juanesky  (C 33620)

Oct 18, 2004, 11:27 PM
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Could anyone post a pic of him? Not sure if he was our pilot in Boston-Prov.

Blue skies brotherUnsure


usskydiver  (D 12780)

Oct 19, 2004, 4:53 AM
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Sadness. One fond memory is when Dan painted a compass rose on the concrete by the manifest building. It is still very helpful in teaching young students and others about run-in headings, wind drift, etc.

Tim T.
Team Paraclete


Premier slotperfect  (D 13014)

Oct 19, 2004, 4:59 AM
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One fond memory is when Dan painted a compass rose on the concrete by the manifest building.

I wondered where that came from! He was at home flying jumpers, and contributed in a big way to the "vibe" at Raeford when he was there.


dzdiva  (No License)

Oct 19, 2004, 5:00 AM
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Blue skies, sweet man. Your kindness will not be forgotten.

Flying Angel


mouth  (D 24383)

Oct 19, 2004, 5:09 AM
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Funny how Dan rememberd my name every time I was there even if it had been 6 months. He always had a smile and a hug for me. What a great man.

Soar free Dan. You will be missed terribly.

Does anyone have info on where to contact family with condolences?


leroydb  (D 25743)

Oct 19, 2004, 5:19 AM
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I too remember when he painted that. I also remember then fun I had in my Birdman suit when he dove the plane after exit and were 300 feet off each others side. He will be greatly missed


Gravitymaster  (D License)

Oct 19, 2004, 6:34 AM
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Funny how Dan rememberd my name every time I was there even if it had been 6 months. He always had a smile and a hug for me. What a great man.

Soar free Dan. You will be missed terribly.

Does anyone have info on where to contact family with condolences?

We are in the early stages of planning a Memorial Service for Dan at Hartwood. He has a brother and family in Ohio and they will probably take him back there for burial. You can call the DZ in a day or so if you are interested in details.

http://www.skydivehartwood.com/contact.html

I will also post the day and time here. I know Dan had alot of friends in the Skydiving Community.


funks  (B License)

Oct 19, 2004, 7:32 AM
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I was also there and witnessed the tragic event along with the brave efforts of everyone trying to do everything they could to try and get him out.

It was incredible how everyone pulled together and fought up until the last minute to see if there was anything that could be done to save him.

Skydivers are amazing people.

Peace

BSBD.


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Premier SkymonkeyONE  (D 12501)

Oct 19, 2004, 7:35 AM
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Unfuckingbelievable. Unsure Dan was a really nice guy. Do any of you know that his college degree was in Theatre? He was a very smart guy and would always have something interesting to discuss. I am proud to say that I killed many a braincell partying with Dan. He was a good pilot, too. Dan was well liked at Raeford and I hated to see him go. He was quirky, but then so many of us are. Still, we kept in touch and he seemed to like what he was doing out in California after leaving us. He was incredibly stoked to be involved in the re-opening of Hartwood!

BSBD!

Chuck


Michele  (B 26874)

Oct 19, 2004, 8:07 AM
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Blue skies, Dan. Fly free, play with angels, and dance on sunrays, all right?

Ciels-
Michele


kevin922  (D 26500)

Oct 19, 2004, 8:14 AM
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I just (knowingly) met Dan about a month ago at hartwood.. Very nice guy and seemed super excited about flying loads at hartwood.

And I was going to go to hartwood this past sunday but didn't for some wierd reason.

My condolences.


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ACMESkydiver  (B License)

Oct 19, 2004, 9:33 AM
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Sorry to hear about your pilot friend...

Blues...


DaGimp  (D 26522)

Oct 19, 2004, 11:04 AM
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Dan was an incrediable man, i think the memory that comes to mind is in the early mornings when i would show up at the DZ he would already be there, pipe in his mouth ready to tell one of his stories. Im just saddened that i didnt get to hear them all. Take care friend.

BSBD


katiebear21  (D 28324)

Oct 19, 2004, 11:07 AM
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I am very very sad at this news. I remember Dan when I had less than 20 jumps and he would hang out with the skydivers on a Sunday evening. He would light his pipe and sit around and tell stories with the other skydivers. This is one of my most fond memories in skydiving - sitting around in a circle - all walks of life - to include pilots, newbies like me, and world class skydivers. Oddly enough, another of that group is missing as well. Unsure

We kept in touch while he was in California and would send me the bills for stage shows with his name in them when he would design the lightshows. He was so incredibly talented.

I'll miss him and the smell of his sweet moustache when he offers up a warm hug.

BSBD, Dan "the pilot bitch" McFadden.


Raefordite  (D 17243)

Oct 19, 2004, 1:25 PM
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Could anyone post a pic of him?

This was a photo I sent to USPA when Dan presented me with my diamond award in 2001 at Raeford Parachute Center when he was flying for us.

Dan will be missed.
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MattM  (D 26359)

Oct 19, 2004, 3:05 PM
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Dan flew me on my first jump, all through AFF and I made a point to fly with him on his last flight at Raeford.

Fun, easy going guy.

I will never forget Dans patented "Doooooor!!!" yell when riding with him in the Cessna.


Conundrum

Oct 19, 2004, 3:14 PM
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My condolences. Frown

RIP Dan


katiebear21  (D 28324)

Oct 19, 2004, 3:21 PM
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I will never forget Dans patented "Doooooor!!!" yell when riding with him in the Cessna.

Definitely!!! I'd forgotten about that!Laugh I'd also get a little whisker rub as he leaned over to unlock it!Shocked


BlueSBDeath  (D 10160)

Oct 19, 2004, 5:53 PM
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I just met Dan while passing through from Fayetteville to MD for some work. He was one of the first people to greet me when I walked into Hartwood DZ. With a Big smile, and then a welcome, and I told him I was visiting from Raeford, now a even bigger smile, and the mention of needing to return to Raeford for some long needed Nignogery!!!!! I made one jump that day from the Otter, and had to get to MD. It was a pleasure to have met Dan, made a Raeford conection, and then go our way, I could tell from his friends just how much he will be missed. My condolences to his family!!!

BSBD

Arvel


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