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In memory of our friends on "Spikes Beech" 1982

 


timber  (D 14846)

Oct 18, 2009, 9:08 PM
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   Many years have passed since the accident at Taft! Although I was just a 14 year old kid. I am forever grateful how Lea Van Pelt : Gary Kreibel and Brady Saunders befriended my Dad and taught him to jump. as a result my Dad and I became best friends. I can't imagine my life without skydiving and flying!


fossg  (C 16560)

Oct 18, 2009, 9:25 PM
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When I went through AFF in July of 82 Terry Ward and Billy Reed threw me in the pool at Perris.


cutaway1  (C 3355)

Oct 21, 2009, 12:41 PM
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I made my first jump out of Spike's Beech in 1963 and was fortunate enough to jump and party with Terry Ward and the Arvin Good Guys for several terrific years. Terry was one of the wildest and most generous characters I have ever met; and Spike, he loved the ambiance and was a very kind, gentle and gruff. I miss them all.

Fly High brothers.


talon2

Oct 24, 2009, 4:20 AM
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Was that the Terry that went into the trees for Masters of the Sky ?


cutaway1  (C 3355)

Oct 24, 2009, 12:19 PM
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I do not even remember much regarding Masters of the Sky; it has been so long ago. Terry was a very advanced jumper and liked to take risk whenever possible. He was very kind to me.


carrie99664  (C 11437)

Apr 23, 2011, 7:22 PM
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I learned to jump at Taft. I loved out trips from
Van Nuys, the round robins, when we could lure Spike from LethaMae. The loss of so many friends was beyond sad. I flew over Taft several years later, on a comercial flight. They were still there, still flying. Terry jumped ElCap in the 60's....was my inspiration in 1979. Blue Skies!


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Apr 23, 2011, 11:29 PM
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It seemed like I went to funerals for 2 solid weeks. Like you said, so many friends gone in an instant.

Sparky


carrie99664  (C 11437)

Apr 24, 2011, 10:42 AM
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and now, another one. I'm sure Sled and Gary were there waiting for him!


timber  (D 14846)

Apr 25, 2011, 12:32 PM
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I lost my Dad Mack McKinney to lung cancer on April 9 2011. I am sure he is meeting with his other friends that passed for one hell of a party.


MissBuffDiver  (D 4621)

Apr 26, 2011, 10:32 AM
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Sorry for the loss of Mack..
Yes, that day at Taft we lost a bunch of guys...
Al Frisby was suppose to be on that load, but he was too hung over...I remember him saying, "Damn I never thought alcohol would save my life."
Spike flew many Demos for the team I was on. Great guy.
Terry Ward (Twitchy) was quite the character in his own right and a hell of a nice guy..
Gypsy Dave was a crack-up and lived right behind me in Quail Valley. He made me a ring with a Quail and some turquoise in it.

Yes, there is one hell of a party going on up there. I just hope they don't run out of beer...


MWAZ  (D 2946)

May 25, 2011, 11:48 AM
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Jumping with the Arvin Good Guys and the Old River Rats back in the 60s and 70s provided many memorable experiences. The Good Guys were sky gods back then but amazingly they were very approachable and friendly to nubies like me. Twitch was simply amazing - a very talented skydiver, a real character and a nice guy. Spike was the best pilot I ever flew with. He took us to dropzones all around California, Nevada, Arizona, up to Canada and down to Mexico.

Good friends and good times are missed but their memories linger on.

SCR 86


SCR216  (No License)

May 25, 2011, 2:39 PM
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Hello Mike,

Air Trash will be holding another Old Farts get together this weekend at Taft, like the one you attended a few years ago. There will be several of the Old River Rats and 3 or 4 of the Arvin Good Guys there also. The LA Latin club and some of the Rebels from AZ will also be there.
We have an Otter coming from Perris for the weekend.

Speaking of the Latin club, two weeks ago during the memorial for Kevin Donnelly at Eslisnore, Tommy of the LA Latin's said that they will be holding a Latin club 50th anniversary at Elsinore this September 17th & 18th. Paul and I jumped with Latin Club many times all over the west from the mid 60's to the late 70's. Manny of the trips with the Latin Club, Spike was up front for us. This is one party I will not miss out on.

We will miss you at Taft this weekend, and I am sure we will be talking about you, Spike, Twitch Ward, Brady and the others this weekend. Keep your eyes crossed for us.

Dennis
SCR-216


jumpwally  (D License)

May 31, 2011, 11:08 AM
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Masters of the Sky or the famous pic in Skies Call ? The line strectch just before impact ?


cutaway1  (C 3355)

Jul 9, 2011, 12:13 PM
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Hi Dennis,

Do you have any photos to post of the old farts reunion; it would be nice to see them.
Thanks,
Tim scr 21


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Jul 9, 2011, 12:27 PM
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In reply to:
Hi Dennis,

Do you have any photos to post of the old farts reunion; it would be nice to see them.
Thanks,
Tim scr 21

You can find some here.

Sparky

http://www.airtrash.com/


SCR216  (No License)

Jul 9, 2011, 1:14 PM
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Hello Tim,

Mike is fast on the keys.

Also checkout the video on the Air Trash site. It has a lot of your old friends from Arvin and Taft in it.
We had some of the Arvin Good Guys, Old River Rats and the LA Latin Club there. The weather was great. Well, not as good as the islands, but great for Taft standards.

Regards,
Dennis


kcbooks

Mar 1, 2013, 7:46 PM
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Hello, I recently came into a small piece of jewelry with the name of Gypsy Dave engraved on it. In doing some research I came across a post you made in 2011 that mentioned Gypsy Dave. Can you give me any information about any jewelry or anything else made by him? Thank you in advance, Kevin Coleman


oldwomanc6

Mar 5, 2013, 6:01 PM
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I was manifested and paid-up for that round robin, but I cancelled a couple of days before. I was told that it wasn't a problem, because there were several others wanting to get on that load.

I lost several good friends, and one of my best friends, Glenn Racich.

I have always wondered who got my slot.


(This post was edited by oldwomanc6 on Mar 5, 2013, 6:06 PM)


MissBuffDiver  (D 4621)

May 27, 2013, 5:49 PM
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Wow, I don't really know much. He did make some beautiful things and also repaired jewelry. He worked with sterling silver and gems. His girlfriend passed a couple yrs ago and I have lost track of his kids...You have a real treasure whatever it is...



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