A happy day turns into a very sad day


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A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby made2care » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:12 pm



So my day begins with an attempt to get the wife on sleeping beauty today. My wife does not get on motorcycles. After much assurance she finally agreed and we went on some back roads away from traffic. Sleeping beauty handled very well. We got back to the house and I took this pic, very proud of both girls. Earlier this morning, while I was attaching the passenger floorboards, I remember hearing a lot of sirens, which sounded like emergency vehicles heading south.
Well, later on today, right after we returned from our little ride, I received a phone call from one of my friends who informed me that another one of my very good friends was killed earlier today while flying his ultralight glider.
I am in shock and devastated.
It was such a beautiful day, and I was so excited to get my wife out on the bike and then I received the shocking news. I had always mentioned to him how dangerous those things were, and he would always crack back and mention my motorcycle riding.
Rest in peace my friend, I will miss you.
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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby seelyark1 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:23 pm

Sorry to hear about your friends death. But he was doing what he enjoyed, just like you riding your BEAUTIFUL bike. Glad you got your wife to take a ride with you today, and hope that it is the start of many more enjoyable rides together.
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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:32 pm

hey made2, very sorry to hear about your friend. you have my sympathies and condolences to you and your friends family. im sure it was a terrible shock, but he's home with the LORD now and im sure he's looking down on you as you and your wife ride on sleeping beauty, and as long as you can remember him, he will never be gone for he will always be in your heart and mind.

take care my friend.

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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby ankgrays » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:43 pm

So sorry for your loss.

Ride safe.
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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:08 pm

It's sad to hear, Dennis, Rest in Peace sir.... Sorry for your loss Made2care....
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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby Mag » Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:38 pm

I always hate to hear stuff like this because there is nothing I can say to really make you feel better, one of the problems of being an internet relation instead of someone you can really see, touch, talk to, etc.

I wish your friend peace, and that he did what he loved, the same way we do. May you settle your feelings with knowing that he did what he loved, and while he was on this physical plane that he would have protected you also......

Always a hard thing to express....

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Postby CMReynolds1 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:38 pm

Condolences my friend.
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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby redial » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:35 am

The good times that you shared with him, can never be taken away. So keep those memories. A sadness at this time, and warm thoughts are sent to you and his family.
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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby moneypit » Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:41 am

So sorry to hear about your loss .

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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby Breakdancer » Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:48 am

All these words above explain my thoughts. My prayers go to you, his family and all his friends.
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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby made2care » Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:42 pm

Thank you to everyone for all your kind words , thoughts and prayers. Today was a very difficult day. In my line of work, I deal with quite a large number of people and it was challenging to maintain my composure to say the least.
Your words have helped.
Thanks again.

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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:02 pm

made2, that's what friends are for. when there's a situation, friends can lean on each other for moral support and kind words.

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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby ka4yqi » Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:33 pm

Made-2-care, sorry for your lost of a friend, but as one said he went out with his boots on. That was a great quote for Second hand Lion movie. As was said " they really lived". Dont worry about you friend, he is in good hand now.
Good picture of the Bike and the Wife. Both look great. Good looking Bike with a Great looking woman on just can't be beat!

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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby made2care » Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:34 pm

Here is a pic of my buddy , Dennis dale Baird . He is on the right. The man on the left is also a good friend of Dennis. You can google his name and type in pilot killed in woodward oklahoma Sunday, March 22. Sorry, no url.
The FAA was on the scene today investigating , you will see a pic of his ultralite. Eyewitness say he was only in the air 3 min, it suddenly dipped then soared 100 ft, then went down. If anyone flies these , maybe you can shed some light on what might have happened. He had just bought the ultralite.
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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby Mh434 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:20 pm

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. I can sympathize, having lost my best friend of 40+ years a few months ago, killed by a distracted driver while Gerry was riding his BMW.

It's a shock, and it changes, well, everything. We see things in a different light after something like this, and when we inadvertently come across a photo or something of our departed friend, it's difficult. I, for one, had no hope of maintaining my composure when we lost Gerry, and have great respect for those who can keep it together, even at their darkest hour.

The most important thing, now, is to focus on all the good times you had together, and to remember how you enriched each others lives by your friendship. Remember him, and speak his name often - they say that even after we're gone, we will still remain, until our names are spoken for the last time.

Rest in peace, Dennis, and fly free....

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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby dingdong » Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:03 am

Prayers sent for your friend. Gos bless.
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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby dtrider » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:31 am

I lost my wife a few years ago. We say that she got her wings. Your friend has now received his permanent wings and is soaring free.

Love the photo. A beauty on a beauty. Hope she enjoyed the ride enough that she keeps riding with you. My new wife loves to ride with me and one of my greatest pleasures is coming home after a long day at work to find her in her chaps ready to go for a ride.
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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby thrasherg » Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:30 pm

A bit late, but my sincere condolences on the loss of your friend. My wife rides her own bike, but loves to ride on the back of my wing so she can relax and look at the scenery!! Regarding your friend, it could have been several things, pilot error, failed component on the Ultralight, etc.
My wife, myself and 2 daughters (14 & 16) all fly paragliders and whilst we love the freedom and sensation of free flight, it's always at the back of your mind that something could go wrong. My 16 year old just crash landed into a tree (over 200 feet in the air), it took them 5 hours to get her out and another 5 hours to get her paraglider out, fortunately just a few bruises.. She had been flying at more than 3600 feet in the air for almost an hour and was flying back to the landing zone when she hit the tree, no idea why she was so close to the tree (obviously pilot error and bad judgement) but she says a cross wind blew her into it. Either way sh1t happens and at least your friend died doing something he loved. That's the way I hope to go, not from a heart attack in bed..

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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:12 pm

made2care wrote:Here is a pic of my buddy , Dennis dale Baird . He is on the right. The man on the left is also a good friend of Dennis. You can google his name and type in pilot killed in woodward oklahoma Sunday, March 22. Sorry, no url.
The FAA was on the scene today investigating , you will see a pic of his ultralite. Eyewitness say he was only in the air 3 min, it suddenly dipped then soared 100 ft, then went down. If anyone flies these , maybe you can shed some light on what might have happened. He had just bought the ultralite.


I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I looked at the news site with a picture of the aircraft. Looking at the picture, it appears to be relatively intact, with no obvious structural failure. Honestly, from your description, it sounds like a simple stall, which would be pilot error. Unfortunate as it is to say, the highest incidences of fatal aircraft accidents are to new owners of experimental aircraft. Unfamiliarity with the aircraft, coupled with quirks specific to the individual aircraft can cause these unfortunate tragedies.

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Re: A happy day turns into a very sad day

Postby made2care » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:07 pm

The FAA investigation revealed no mechanical problems, but possible pilot error, which supports eyewitness testimony that he was in the air 3 minutes, dipped then suddenly climbed to about 100 ft, then dropped.
Dennis was not new to flying these ultralites ,however, since he had just purchased this model.................who knows.




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