An airplane wingwalker and her pilot, both from Northern Virginia, were the two people killed Saturday in what´s been described as a horrific and fiery scene during the Vectren Dayton Air Show in Ohio. Jane Law Wicker, the 46-year-old wingwalker, and Charlie Schwenker, 64, died around 12:45 p.m. in the annual event´s second fatal plane crash in seven years. Wicker, the chief operator of Jane Wicker Airshows of Front Royal, had performed in past years at the air show in Leesburg.
Comments: Local story. Wicker died doing something she loved. Some people may see this as foolish, but wing walking goes back many years, and we Americans are allowed to pursue our dreams. Wing walking represents one of the many manifestations of the adventurous American spirit. RIP Jane and Charlie. My prayers for for their families and friends.
I watched the crash on tv. It was spectacular. And quick. The two dead were doing something they loved to do. No lingering demise tubed up in some hospital bed. No pain because no time. Not the worst way in the world to die.
Too close to the ground to correct for much of anything, including a sneeze by the pilot. In addition, her position out at the end of the wings changed weight distribution pretty dramatically. Finally, there can be turbulence coming from other aircraft flying above them, even if those other aircraft had landed. Wingtip vortex is a problem, especially when flying a light aircraft. (I once landed at Dubois Airport in Pennsylvania after an Air National Guard C 130 finished a series of touch and go landings. The C 130 was producing that wingtip vortex stuff, which settles down below the big aircraft, and created some interesting turbulence for the Cessna 150 I was piloting. Fortunately, my flight instructor was with me.)
It almost looked like the pilot got confused and turned the wrong way and then tried to overcorrect. I appreciate what dare devils do for their audiences, but this was just too dangerous to be reasonable. Its pretty amazing how many people are killed doing stunts at air shows.
There´s not much lift on the tail of a bi-plane. The pilot messed up by trying to rotate out of the inversion too close to the ground. You can see by the video it dropped like a rock. Same thing happens at altitude, but you have distance to cover the maneuver.
Though we all face known and unknown risks ahead when we get up every morning, some of which can´t be avoided, being a wing walker probably is not the best of choices of occupation or hobby when one is the parent of 2 young children. Prayers for these boys.
A nuclear arms race is now arising in the Middle East, starting with an Iranian nuke, then a Saudi and Egyptian one. Nobody knows the end game. Obama´s biggest legacy may be worldwide instability for years to come. This administration is coming to an end. If you take away its corruption and thuggery, its constant scapegoating, its weird cast of characters, its astronomical spending, its drone killings of terrorists who were supposed to be dead last year, and its healthcare debacle -- everything comes down to imperial overreach.
ObamaCare was sold to the nation as a compassionate response to the approximately 47 million uninsured Americans. Yet, 30 million Americans will still not be insured even after the frenetic misrepresentation and bribery required to pass the bill and the botched rollout. Plus, the policies of millions of insured Americans are being cancelled and replaced with HHS "approved" policies that have higher premiums. Then, following the wipeout in the individual market, millions of Americans currently covered by employer-provided plans will have their policies cancelled because they are deemed inadequate and unacceptable under the ObamaCare regulations issued by HHS.
Muslims groups around the world are crying Islamophobia and playing the victim card as horrific Islamic-motivated crimes, such as grooming and rape-gangs, rage on with impunity throughout the Western world, especially in Europe. Rape or grooming gangs, which are almost entirely Muslim, are committing a crime that is religiously mandated in Islamic doctrine. Muslim grooming gangs have been operating unchallenged in Europe for over 20 years, especially in the UK, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, and France.
I am one who steers very clear of tinfoil hat conspiracy theories. I often believe progressives plant stories in order to distract and disrupt, enabling them to pursue their true goals and objectives. That’s why I stress the importance of staying focused on the modern liberal socialist policies of the Obama administration, not the sideshow antics. However, as a former combat commander, I have been trained to look for trends. And I believe we’ve found a very disturbing one. It seems that backdoor gun control is in full effect in the United States.
Wake up, Mom and Dad: your government has its paws all over your children during school hours -- always figuratively, and too often literally. If parents are taken out of the education equation completely, something will fill the vacuum. And that something is bound to be the police state. When kids in Brazil, Indiana participated in a mock drug raid at Clay County Courthouse as part of the annual October Red Ribbon Awareness week, they got a lesson in what it´s like to live in a police state.
Comrade Obama and the Politburo, both conveniently located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, are in the midst of overhauling the nation´s military. Radically so, as befits the nation´s most radical president. Downsizing the armed forces is the cover, in part. The people´s savior is giving the heave-ho to military brass who can´t quite get with the program, which might be described as inflicting a smothering political correctness on the nation´s armed forces. Political correctness is actually too charitable.
It has been disclosed in a recently published book about the 2012 campaign, Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, that the president told aides that he is "really good at killing people" with drones. I think the president is being far too modest. Drones aren´t the half of it. He´s really good at killing lots of things. With ObamaCare, he is killing the most effective healthcare system in the world.
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