Pilot killed in Ellis County glider c...

Pilot killed in Ellis County glider crash

There are 10 comments on the WFAA-TV Dallas story from Jul 23, 2008, titled Pilot killed in Ellis County glider crash. In it, WFAA-TV Dallas reports that:

A manned glider crashed in a wooded area two miles southeast of the Texas Soaring Association airport in Ellis County Wednesday afternoon, killing the pilot.

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Fulshear, TX

#1 Jul 23, 2008
I have confidence there is no other way Richard H. Johnson would prefer to go. He was 85 years old.

Powderly, TX

#2 Jul 23, 2008
I hope this turns out to be a medical condition.

United States

#3 Jul 23, 2008
my heart goes out to his family.
Janice in the mountains

Arvin, CA

#4 Jul 23, 2008
Dick Johnson was a very special person. How he will be missed.
Travis Beach

Virginia Beach, VA

#5 Jul 23, 2008
The soaring community lost a very wonderful man today...I agree that this is the way he probably would like to have gone had he had a choice, he died doing what he loved to do...God speed Dick Johnson....

Greenville, TX

#6 Jul 23, 2008
This is an extremely sad day in the aviation world. But to think that one could still fly at the age of 85 is so amazing. Dick was such an influence on me, Chris, Mitchell, Ron ... I just don't know where to stop on this list. How he will be missed for sure!! There is no better way for this man to have gone out because I don't believe he would have let it be anything else. That was one committed man to gliding. May God be with his wife and family.
Calvin and Kelly Carter

Fort Worth, TX

#7 Jul 23, 2008
Dick and his wife live in our neighborhood. We couldn't have a nicer and more caring couple as neighbors. They always looked after us as neighbors should. They were the best of friends, walking hand in hand every day by our kitchen window. Dick was an inspiration to me while I was training for my private pilot license, supporting me after I was a passenger in a crash. We will miss him terribly. He was truly one of the good people in life that we are blessed to have known.
Emily Young

Rome, GA

#8 Jul 29, 2008
Aunt Alice if you can see this I love you and I wish i was able to make it to Dallas to be there for and with you I'm so sorry for your loss. Richard Johnson is one of my favorite great uncles and I'll miss him dearly. All I can say is atleast he had his boots on.
Dave Lewis

Fort Worth, TX

#9 Sep 2, 2008
There will me a memorial dinner to honor Mr. Johnson and my father Rick Lewis September 20th at the TSA facility.

Dave Lewis

Bill Ligon

Lynchburg, VA

#11 Jun 21, 2010
I only learned of Dick's death today, 6-21-10. Dick worked with me in aerodynamics at Temco in the late 50's, He was a true friend and acceptional aerodynamicist. He made lead c0ntributions to the design of the TT-1 trainer, XSMN-8 target drone and the Corvus missile. I noted the Weihe he purchased in 1959 to have something to fly in the National at Elmira. It was a WW II German glider. Dick cleaned it up and won the National with it. I visited with Dick and Alice while he was building a 2-place glider in the house. The wings extended from the living room to the kitchen. I miss Dick and will always respect his accomplishments.

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