The aviation community remembers Bob OdegaardFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It shocked the aviation community -- the creator of the Fargo air-museum and air-show, dies in a plane crash. The famed pilot is 66-year-old Bob Odegaard.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It shocked the aviation community -- the creator of the Fargo air-museum and air-show, dies in a plane crash. The famed pilot is 66-year-old Bob Odegaard.
The crash happened around 6 last night while Odegaard was practicing for the Barnes County Air Show. The show is cancelled.
The stories are endless..As Fran Brummund, the Director of the Fargo Air Museum shows us. She flips through book after book inspired by Bob Odegaard's restoration genius and love for the skies.
Fran: "Up in the sky, it was just a symphony, the way he would roll and flow with those air planes, doing his rolls, he was putting on a concert in the sky."
Odegaard's love for flying was more than a personal thing...It was all about family.
Fran: "First is his wife Donna, second is his family, and third, he melted them all together."
Odegaard's last flight was in this Navy Race 74 plane that he and his family spent 11 years restoring.
Fran: "This was a fun project, and he was quite excited about it."
Famed pilot Bob Odegaard was truly an aviation legend in the eyes of people around the world. He was a true hero for the young people he inspired.
Fran: "We can only hope, that we can develop and inspire that dream in many young little Robert Juniors."
Damien Gehler/Jr. Volunteer at the air museum: "Without this museum, really I wouldn't have any interest in aviation at all."
15 year old Damien Gehler is a junior volunteer at the museum. He is one of those Bob Jr's. His dream, to be a pilot like one of his biggest role models.
Damien: "If it weren't for him, I really wouldn't really love aviation as much as I do because him doing some of the projects that he did around here really taught me the complexity of how these aircrafts work."
Brummund says Odegaard's legacy will forever live on in the museum and in the hearts of everyone he came in contact with, and he will forever leave a smile in the sky.
The F-A-A is investigating the accident.