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Vicki Cruse Honored at Nationals

Missing man formation
The “missing man” formation honoring fallen IAC President Vicki Cruse. Photo by Laurie Zaleski

September 23, 2009 — At this week’s National Aerobatic Championships at North Texas Regional Airport (KGYI), Sherman/Denison, Texas, the International Aerobatic Club (IAC), competitors, and participants are paying special tribute to the life of past IAC President Vicki Cruse, who died in a plane crash at last month’s World Aerobatic Championships in England.

A “missing man” formation flight was flown to open the event, plus a memorial book is available in the briefing area where members can share memories, stories, and photos of Vicki. In addition, printouts of tributes and memories posted to EAA’s Gone West website are on display.

In a news post by Douglas Lovell, assistant contest director, “The intent of this tribute is to celebrate the life of a person who gave everything to aerobatics, was a National Champion, and as IAC president had a profoundly positive impact on the life, health, and future of the organization.”

The Championships, at which the U.S. National Unlimited Team is selected, is scheduled to run through Friday, September 25. To follow the results, visit www.iacusn.org.

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