Flying legend dies in a crash at the Valley City Air Show practiceValley City, ND (WDAY TV) -- If it had wings, he could fly it. If it had an engine, he could fix it. Bob Odegaard's name was synonymous with flying.
Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) -- If it had wings, he could fly it. If it had an engine, he could fix it. Bob Odegaard's name was synonymous with flying.
A legend in every since of the word. That's how close friend and fellow Fargo Air Museum founder Dick Walstad is remembering Bob Odegaard tonight.
Bob is the second museum founder to die in an Air Show accident in the last 5-years. And it's left the aviation community in a state of shock.
Dick Walstad/Fellow Air Museum Founder: "Both of these guys restored vintage aircraft like nobody in the world could restore them. Not only restore them, but they could build vinatge aircraft from the beginning on up."
Walstad says the best time of his life was spent in the back seat of a restored P-51 mustang - rebuilt and piloted by Odegaard. Along with two others, Odegaard and Walstad founded the Fargo Air Museum in the late 1990s.
This is video from 2007 of Odegaard after fellow Museum founder Jerry Beck died at an air show in Wisconsin.
Even more than an aviator, Walstad says Odegaard was a truly great man.
Walstad says, "bob was just a first class all american person so you know what a shame to lose somebody like that."
Again, a devastating loss for the aviation community. Bob Odegaard dead at the age of 66. There is no word on any funeral arrangements at this point.
The F-A-A will be taking over the investigation.