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Gone West


By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

As you will all know by now, EAA Founder Paul Poberezny, passed away just after AirVenture, on August 22. The following video demonstrates how a man from extremely humble beginnings followed his dream all his life, and wound up spreading that dream and inspiring tens of thousands with his passion for aviation and home aircraft building. As commented in the video, he must have said the word "airplane" every day of his life.

You can watch Paul's "Timeless Voices" interview, the fifth and final in a series, recorded on August 12, just 10 days before his passing, aged 91.

Your editor saw him around AirVenture in a golf cart enjoying his last show. He made our lives better in many ways. Not only did he have a "million friends", but those friends became connected to each other, forming friendships lasting decades and extending around the globe. Many Canadians were in his flying family from those early days, as you can tell when you visit the Sport Aviation archives. Our thoughts and appreciation for his life go to his wife of 69 years, Audrey, and his family.

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