William Robert Currier
Our good friend and fellow airpark member, William "Bill" Currier, took his final flight on Thursday, June 23rd, 2005. He died in the crash of a RANS S-10, which he was test flying, on that fateful day at Perry International Airport, near Wagner, SC. He will be sincerely missed by all who knew him.
Airpark member, George Flanagan, wrote the following poem in remembrance of Bill.
""My Final Flight"
By: George Flanagan
My final flight ... it took away my life
Leaving behind my family, and my loving wife
Little did I know ... as I awoke that
I'd leave this earth forever, with hardly any warning
As I dressed and had my coffee ... on
that 23rd of June
I never even considered ... I'd be gone
... before twelve noon
It was just another Thursday ...
like most any other day
Should I go play some golf? ... Or, with airplanes, should I play?
I headed down to the airfield ... to have
some flying fun
A simple little 'test-hop' ... with a
Suddenly, I'm airborne! ... things aren't
quite just right
I need to find a place to land ... and
safely end my plight
I've almost got the runway made ...
it shouldn't be much longer
Please God! ... help me now! ... give me strength! ... make me stronger!
Now, all of my days are done ... no
longer do I have tomorrow
I never got to say "good-bye" ... or tell
you "have no sorrow"
For I was doing what I love ... few men
even dare to try
To live a life as full as mine ... So now, with the angels, I fly.
Tailwinds my friend ... until we meet again.
Click on the little plane below to read the poem "High Flight", which may help to understand why we love to fly.
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