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Paul McCready has passed away

Old 31st Aug 2007, 22:47
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Paul McCready has passed away

Not sure if this is the right forum, but as he was not a professional pilot, one shall not take the rist to venture in R&N.
Even if he didn't work around big aluminium tubes, aviation owes him a lot
LA Times obituary
bio on the AeroVironment website
And BTW he has been mentionned in What Cockpit

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Old 31st Aug 2007, 23:01
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I knew I recognised the name - thanks for posting the link.

Shame - great guy, one of the people who really did make a contribution.

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Old 31st Aug 2007, 23:06
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I met Paul McCready way back in the very early fifties when he landed away whilst competing in the (world?) gliding championships from Great Hucklow.

I was about ten or eleven at the time and remember his all-metal glider which was a Scweitzer 1-23 I think. Anyway, the hero was very happy to talk to a young aeroplane-mad lad whilst awaiting his recovery team, which is why I remember him and his glider so well from those far-off days.

Thank you Paul, you were a part of the inspiration I had to escape my humble beginnings into the world of flying. I have retired now after many years as a professional pilot and trainer but you are long remembered by me and, I am sure by so many others. A gentleman and a visionary.

Should his family ever read these notes, I would like to offer them my sincere condolances and sympathy in their loss.

As a footnote, if anyone can correlate dates and type, I would be most interested.
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Old 31st Aug 2007, 23:20
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Mc Ready

Yes and as an ex World champion he gave the gliding world a lot. Every glider pilot knows his name and obviously from his obit he gave the world a lot more than the Mcready Ring
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Old 31st Aug 2007, 23:39
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Should his family ever read these notes, I would like to offer them my sincere condolances and sympathy in their loss.
You can post comments on the AeroVironment page linked to in my post.
As a footnote, if anyone can correlate dates and type, I would be most interested.
It were indeed the World Gliding Championships which took place in Great Hucklow in 1954. Paul McCready was flying a Schweitzer 1-23E (Soaring magazine November-December 1954). Incidentally the winner that year was a Frenchman, Gérard Pierre, who flew the same glider Paul McCready used in 1956, the Breguet 901.

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Thank you Mr Beast. Your links were most helpful and I much appreciate them.
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