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Remembering Vlado Lenoch
July 28, 2017 - Friends and admirers of Vlado Lenoch, EAA Lifetime 53246, have assembled an ever-growing memorial in the Warbirds area of the AirVenture grounds. Lenoch was killed in the crash of the vintage P-51 Mustang Baby Duck on July 16 in Atchison County, Kansas. Lenoch began flying in 1970 when he was 17, and went on to work for Boeing as an instructor and flew 727s and DC-9s for major airlines. He is best remembered, however, as a warbird pilot who was rated to fly everything from P-51s, P-40s, and P-47s to F-86s and T-33s.
Lenoch was a founding member of the USAF Heritage Flight, which pairs vintage warbirds with modern military aircraft for performances at air shows around the United States. He was highly involved with formation, aerobatic training, and evaluation through organizations such as ICAS and EAA’s Warbirds of America. Lenoch was 64 years old.