Obituaries

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Head of National Gay Pilots Association killed in accident

Article | Oct 30, 2014

Steven Moore, executive director of the National Gay Pilots Association, died Oct. 27 when his Mooney crashed after takeoff at Boulder Municipal Airport in Denver.

Humanitarian pilot Peter VandenBosch has died

Article | Oct 16, 2014

Peter VandenBosch, pilot, author, founder of a charitable aviation organization that has flown thousands of patients to medical care, has died.

Record-setting aviatrix Jerrie Mock dies

Article | Oct 02, 2014

Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, who in 1964 became the first woman to fly solo around the world, died Sept. 30 at her home in Quincy, Florida, according to news reports. She was 88.

Aerospace medicine pioneer Stanley Mohler has died

Article | Oct 01, 2014

Stanley R. Mohler, physician, pilot, educator, author, and former member of AOPA’s Medical Advisory Board, has died.

Swift loses champion

Article | Jul 02, 2014

No one worked harder to keep the Globe Swift flying than Charlie Nelson. The Tennessee aviator died June 30 after a long battle with illness, a loss to both his family and the friends Nelson made around the world.

Charter member dies

Article | May 29, 2014

Bill Bailey, the first to join AOPA among the handful of remaining charter members, died May 25.

Swearingen mourned

Article | May 22, 2014

Edward Swearingen, an aircraft designer who made a lasting mark on aviation, died May 15.

Longtime GA advocate Jim Oberstar dies

Article | May 03, 2014

Longtime general aviation advocate and friend of AOPA former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar died May 3. His work on Capitol Hill to protect GA will leave a lasting impression.

Henry Ogrodzinski, lifetime aviation advocate, has died

Article | Jan 23, 2014

The aviation community is mourning the loss of one of its most devoted advocates with the death of Henry M. Ogrodzinski.

February's Historical Firsts

Article | Jan 21, 2014

Feb. 1, 2003 — About 15 minutes before its scheduled touchdown on Feb. 1, 2003, the Columbia orbiter broke apart during its reentry to Earth and all seven crewmembers died. The group had just finished a two-week mission, STS-107, completing dozens of science experiments. An investigation later showed that damage during launch to the shuttle's thermal protection system led to structural failure of the shuttle’s left wing.